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Old September 30th, 2011, 07:19   #46
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At $4k it's a steal but it will cost you more to make it last.

Plan on spending about $3000 to rep[lace the BSM module and VWs other typical screw-ups with this vehicle. If it has transmission problems (not over common but far from rare) another $4k could be needed. If it only neede a torque converter than you could get away with $1200 or so. But even if you had to put all that money into it, it's a pretty good deal.
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Old October 1st, 2011, 21:14   #47
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Default Love my B5 TDI Wagon.... fuel mileage anyone??

Hi all, great forum!

I recently purchased an 05 Passat TDI Wagon, and was wondering what fuel mileage other B5 Wagon owners are getting.

My first tank of B20 fuel was 36mpg, but my last several tanks of D2 have been around 30mpg. I'm looking into whether the D2 I have been buying has too low of a cetane rating, and if I need additives.

Any feedback and advice will be appreciated. I love this car!
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Old October 2nd, 2011, 08:41   #48
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I thought b20 would be lower mpg than d2...
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Old January 16th, 2012, 14:56   #49
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Default Chain Broke, now what?

I have a '05 B5.5 w/ 142K & I believe the BSM chain broke this morning (I know, I know) what would likely be damaged besides the BSM/chain/sprokets/oil pump? I shut it off ASAP, but is it worth fixing? (I've owned it since 48K, oil/filter every 5K, all servces done, timing belt/tensioner/water pump/flush @ 105K, I just did TC replacement @ 138K & full F&R brakes/pads/rotors/fluid flush, CV boot for $3,150 in Oct. '11 Looking for advice - do I fix w/ gear driven BSM or do a whole reman engine assy? It's staring to be a "money pit"...
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Old February 14th, 2012, 04:31   #50
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Help required & apologies if i missed the subject in the FAQ list, I have a 2003 b5 Passat tdi 130, on a couple of occasions recently the car appears to have gone into what i can only describe as limp mode, it runs but is very low on power, if i stop & turn off the engine then re-start it again it returns to normal, I have checked all the obvious like vacuum pipes off etc, I know of a couple of other people that have the same problem as myself so presume it is not unique to me but more of a common problem, Can anyone shed any light on my situation please,

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Old February 14th, 2012, 05:13   #51
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Find someone with VCDS and have them scan your car. If it is going into "limp mode", there will be a fault code even if the CEL does not come on. It is, most likely, either a leak in the charge air piping, or the vacuum system.
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Old November 8th, 2014, 15:00   #52
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Does anyone know how to check if the battery is good for winter? I will move soon to country where is cold winters with proper snow etc.

I have two batteries now one in the car and one in my another car, how I can check at home which of two batteries would be the best condition?
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Old November 11th, 2014, 07:33   #53
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Get them load tested at your local parts store.
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Old September 7th, 2015, 20:12   #54
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hi, im new to VWs and TDIs, I just got an 05' Passat wagon with about 124K and was wondering what are some things I might want to look out for as the miles go on.
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Old September 21st, 2015, 15:32   #55
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Hi new here. Have a 2005 passat tdi BHW engine. Before and after a fuel filter change the engine will crank, but sometimes not start. It seems to help if you hold the throttle down. Doesn't seem to be any time or temp maybe it does it more after warmed up.
I apologize if I put this in the wrong place.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 04:06   #56
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Hi new here. Have a 2005 passat tdi BHW engine. Before and after a fuel filter change the engine will crank, but sometimes not start. It seems to help if you hold the throttle down. Doesn't seem to be any time or temp maybe it does it more after warmed up.
I apologize if I put this in the wrong place.
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Both times that I've replaced the fuel filter I've toggled the ignition switch 12 to 15 times before starting the engine, in an attempt to properly prime the fuel system.
In both cases the engine started up immediately and ran flawlessly.
Definitely worth a try.
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Old September 24th, 2015, 08:10   #57
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And fill the new filter with fuel before starting...
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Old December 17th, 2015, 14:12   #58
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Default Pd 130 bhw

is it an 8 or 16v engine? Does anyone have a "blow up, see through" picture? Tks
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Old December 19th, 2015, 18:26   #59
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is it an 8 or 16v engine? Does anyone have a "blow up, see through" picture? Tks
Its an 8v. Lots of info on the interweb. BHW 2.0 tdi
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Old March 17th, 2016, 18:19   #60
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i am looking at buying a passat tdi, anywhere from 2003 to 2005, any recommendations as to what year i should get and why? i will be possibly "chipping" it and putting a 2.5" or 3.0" straight pipe exhaust on it... is there any pollution controls on the exhaust? what are these engines rated at stock for hp and torque?..
i am also leaning towards an automatic tranny.... is that a good idea?
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I have been checking out a few on my local CL. 03-05 all PD engines? Any year better?

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