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Old January 14th, 2019, 20:33   #1
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I just got a 05 with 170,000 miles. Transmission only goes into reverse when the car is warm. No fault codes. Any suggestions? I purchased new fluid and filter kit. It is going to need timing belt, which i have already purchased but haven't installed.
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Old January 14th, 2019, 23:05   #2
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you need a new transmission. Has the BSM been changed?
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Old January 15th, 2019, 05:19   #3
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The reverse D drum is leaking, it is probably cracked and will soon break apart.

You have to tear the whole transmission down to fix it, so your best bet is to install a reman unit or a good used one, or convert it to a manual.
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Old January 15th, 2019, 07:29   #4
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Presumably, you bought the '05 as a car that you had long term plans for. Hopefully you have a budget for some pretty expensive things that the car may require, including repair or replacement or conversion of the transmission to manual.

If I were in your situation, and was willing to put the needed $ into it, I would find a trusted mechanic very familiar with these cars and then have the mechanic do all of the following at the same time: 1) the timing belt, water pump and probably motor mounts, and while at it, see if the original balance shaft module is still there and if so delete it (no better time to do that, new oil pump etc etc), and 2) convert the transmission to manual.

At this point in time, there are probably very few '04-'05 Passats out there with less than 125-150,000 miles on them with a transmission you can just grab and unless a used transmission has been serviced properly over that period, replacing your transmission with a used donor transmission from a parts car or junkyard donor is probably living on borrowed time or too risky to even bother with. Price out the difference between a manual conversion and $ to purchase and install a remanufactured transmission before you make a decision to go with used or remanufactured one.

If you do all the above and car is in great condition otherwise you have great vehicle that may last a long time and be fun to drive, and fuel efficient. If spending $4-$6,000 to making this transition is too much for you, I would sell the car and find a better one.
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Old January 15th, 2019, 11:47   #5
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Dear mike: stick to making wine, if your not mechanically inclined do as the person above suggests sell it and move on
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Old January 15th, 2019, 13:53   #6
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The end is nigh!!!!
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Old January 15th, 2019, 20:06   #7
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Old January 16th, 2019, 08:51   #8
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My kid says TDI stands for total destruction inside. When it comes to balance shaft and the b5 slush box(when neglected) he's not wrong.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 10:56   #9
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Thanks for the advice. Anyone want a 2005 Passat cheap? Located in central CA
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Old January 18th, 2019, 11:05   #10
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No it hasn't.
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Old January 18th, 2019, 17:18   #11
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I buy non functional tdi passats but sadly im in SoCar not SoCal
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PickleRick I sent you a PM from Johnson City, TN
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