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Old December 6th, 2008, 10:38   #31
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Loking for a B5 for a friend. What years are the B5's available without the newer high pressure PD injection systems, if any?
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Old December 8th, 2008, 09:41   #32
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You might want to consider selling him one of yours. Non-PD Passats were only available in NA from '95 to '97 and becoming extremely hard to find. Good luck!
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Old December 8th, 2008, 11:53   #33
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Some general Question on Passats:
I currently own a 2004 TDI Jetta wagon 5 spd. and love it. However, I drove a 2004 Passat the other day...1.8T gasser, Tiptronic, AWD.(which would be great for here in the mtns of CO. We both loved the car, and would concider adding one to the stable. (NOT parting with the TDI Jetta).
Being clueless on them, I humbly come to the source of knowlege: How do these cars compare for reliability, economy, etc.? Should I even concider the 1.8T or 3.0 6 cyl. gassers? Are some equipped with transverse mounted engines, while others are not? What are the good years? (The 1.8T that I drove was a 2005). PM me if you prefer.
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Old February 3rd, 2009, 13:07   #34
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The 1.8 T engine is great .It is also a very "tunable" one. The fuel consumption is about 10 liters/100 km (you make the conversion) and the torque is great. I would chose a 1.8 T.What year?...any year, just check trhe gearbox if you prefer a tiptronic. The oil must be changed every 200 000 km.(In Europe the use multitronic gearboxes too and this one requires an oil change every 60 000 km).
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Old July 26th, 2010, 12:33   #35
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Guys, I want to remove my cluster so I attach some LED onto it butI don't know how to open cluster's case and remove needles. And mostly i wanna see how to reset needles back
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Old July 26th, 2010, 12:34   #36
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Guys, I want to remove my cluster so I attach some LED onto it butI don't know how to open cluster's case and remove needles. And mostly i wanna see how to reset needles back
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Old August 18th, 2010, 10:39   #37
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How about a FAQ concerning timing belt inpection and replacement?
I heard there is an 80k mile replacement requirement vs. the 100k in my manual, but I've not received anything from VW and I'm the original owner. I'll be at 80k this year.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 11:00   #38
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How about a FAQ concerning timing belt inpection and replacement?
I heard there is an 80k mile replacement requirement vs. the 100k in my manual, but I've not received anything from VW and I'm the original owner. I'll be at 80k this year.
You didn't have it done when you went through all the bother of the balance shaft? That is half the labor already. I had mine replaced at 57k. Yeah it was early but it is good to go about 140k. Oilhammer said the 100k interval was really doable as per timing belts he's seen. I would defer to a guru such as Oilhammer for a final word on this. What is most important if you tear it down for a TB, make sure you replace those timing belt path things such as the tensioner, waterpump and stretch bolts. Don't be foolish cheap.
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Old August 18th, 2010, 13:23   #39
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Are you kidding? I was lucky to get VW to just do the BSM on their dime. They were not interested in complicating things in their mind. It would have been nice, but free is the best price.
I will do the whole deal when it's time though, and inspect the cam.
Did anyone here get formally notified by VW of the 80k interval?
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Old August 24th, 2010, 08:58   #40
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Heck no. I think the 80k interval is a ruse to get them to see and hear the motor on these cars if they make it that long with the chain driven balance shaft. With that said, I will have mine done when the current belt has 85k on it. I'll have it inspected and if it needs it sooner than fine. Oilhammer told me that many 100k belts look fine. I had my timng belt etc. replaced while Oilhammer was doing the BS gear conversion.
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Old August 29th, 2010, 12:20   #41
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Thanks. I heard that inspection of timing belts usually shows nothing to go on, there are no real tell tale signs until just before failure.
So OH or MG or other gurus, True or False?
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Old August 30th, 2010, 02:48   #42
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Passat 01-05 1,9 tdi broked it's toothed belt at 179.000km(it has not been changed at 90.000km)....so you can imagine how strong it is.
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Old February 9th, 2011, 20:29   #43
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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?
thanks for the advice in advance
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Old April 17th, 2011, 07:42   #44
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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?
thanks for the advice in advance
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In North America, the Passat was offered with the TDI engine in 2004 and 2005 model years (and some previously in the 1990s). The 2004 - 2005 Passat TDIs only came with a 5 speed auto transmission, and were rated at 134 horsepower and 247 pounds of torque. They came with a catalytic converter in the exhaust system, but no special emmissions controls that I know of otherwise. A search will get you a bunch of info about chipping these engines. Maybe about exhaust pipes, too.
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Old September 30th, 2011, 07:44   #45
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We just bought a 199.5 Jetta TDI amd have found 2004 Passat TDI with only 92000 miles on it for under $4000 and was wondering if this is a good car? Sound too cheap to me?
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