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    Magnaflow "cat back" fitted to 14 A7

    Magnaflow insists their cat back fits only 2016 Audi A6/A7 cars, but clearly does not (wrong tips on facelifted cars). It fits the 2014/15 cars perfectly. I don't know how many conversations I had with them, including pointing out that the car in their own install instructions is in fact a...
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    Malone black friday sale - ordered and shipped!

    Stage 2 tune on it's way (well the tunezilla at least) to go with the Buzzken setup. I would have loved to go rocketchip, but I'm 99.9% sure I'll need to revert to stock annually. Having the tunezilla seems the easiest way to do that. I still have a few thousand miles of warranty left but I...
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    14 A7 TDI prestige loaded!

    14 A7 Prestige - ZF 8 speed auto, S-Line, sport suspension, heated F/R seats (fronts w/ AC), LED lighting, 4 zone climate control, Night Vision, HUD, Adaptive Cruse, Lane departure system, cold weather package, F/R cameras, Ambient lighting and heated steering wheel. Everything but massage...
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    DPF light came on for less than 2 miles?

    Running a buddy home Saturday while working on his car - DPF malfunction light came on. Still under warranty so wasn't really worried but less than 2 miles later it went off. I've put over 150 since without a code. I have to scan it and check the soot load - maybe run a regen. Seems odd to...
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    P229F CEL after long high speed driving - cleared on it's own

    I picked up a 14 A7 TDI last week and drove it home about 2 hours (fortunately Mexico is between Connecticut and NY ;)) 80-85 the whole trip home. The next day while doing in town errands, the CEL popped on. P17561 NOx Sensor 2 Bank1 1 P229F 00 [237] Implausible Signal. Freeze frame shows 0...
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    Need ARP differential hardware for later 02J

    I'm putting together 2 broken 02J transmissions - same EUH code. One from my 04 Jetta (diff let go) and one from a 05 Golf TDI (5th gear stripped). I figured while I had it apart, I'd upgrade the rivets in the diff to ARP since a rivet that broke it what trashed my trans. I knew there were 2...
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    Loose lugs on same corner x2

    First - I torque every single lug that I touch with a good torque wrench. All lugs snugged by hand, then torqued to spec (90ft-lbs) with the torque wrench in a star pattern, followed up with a full circle. I've never - ever had lugs come loose until this car (my 30th VW). Twice now the left...
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    how much intake buildup before overboosting?

    Almost titled this "the tale of two limping unicorns" I have two nearly identical cars with the same problem (overboosting). Both pass MAF, N75 tests, vacuum tests and VNT start/stop pressures (one is a little slow to move at first, but returns quickly). Both will overboost at higher RPMs...
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    03 wagon - cluster needles won't light up

    The first time I drove my new-to-me 03 wagon at night I noticed that the temp and fuel level needles are not illuminated. Everything else on the cluster works fine. I searched here and general googling for cluster light problems but really only found a how-to on upgrading to custom LEDs. That...
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    Intermittent AC - clutch pulley jerking/sparking

    04 Jetta, 224k miles. I'm the second owner, purchased at 36k or so. I do not believe I've ever needed to recharge the system, but I have replaced the clutch coil by itself once and the whole pulley/coil assembly when the bearing failed and toasted the coil. Both fans were new last year and...
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    Bilstein TC Sport Struts blown after 15k miles

    Little background - stock struts/shocks replaced at 100k with Bilstein TCs with original springs. Those were replaced at 200k with Bilstein TC Sport Strut/Shocks and a set of Jetta 1.8T springs (not GLI). Handled great but it rode too high for me (should have left it this way probably) so I...
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    Winter mode engaged

    19's off, 16s w/ nokian hakkapeliitta r2 in 215/60-16 mounted on '12 Tiguan wheels on for the winter. What a weird feeling taking turns... (Passat 17's are on the Tiguan) Also installed the tdiheater I bought in the spring. Much easier to install than the '12 Golf I did recently (but much...
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    WTB: MKIV list for local pickup to Orange County NY

    UPDATE - think I have everything I need for now - finally found the fender last weekend so I'm good to go! I'm looking for a couple of parts for four MKIV cars I have, and would prefer to pick up locally if possible: Reflex silver drivers side fender for an 03 Jetta (OE paint preferred to...
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    Ever seen a grooved tensioner pulley?

    I honestly forgot at first that the BEW with it's double sided grooved pulley still uses a smooth tensioner pulley but you can see why: The AC compressor pulley bearing seized and overheated. The hot belt melted grooves in the pulley before breaking (threads are like screw threads so I'm sure...
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    Air conditioning condenser failure

    My Passat has been trouble free for almost 28k miles. One warranty claim when new for a missing sun visor clip until this week... On Wednesday, I drove into work using the AC (humid morning). I got in the car in the afternoon in the mid 90s and had hot air blowing at me. The only thing I did...
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    Should I buy this TDI? 03 5sp wagon

    03 Jetta wagon, 5sp, silver w/ cloth interior. 302k miles. Motor rebuilt by VW at 105k when the timing belt broke (new head and a couple of pistons). I did the timing belt for the owner at ~185 and again at ~270k (he got scared after the breakage). Car had some issues throughout that whole...
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    Dash cam video of Palisades Parkway Potholes

    in a Passat: I thought there was a way to embed videos.... https://youtu.be/cAON1pnMtvs
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    PD (BEW) tandem pump FYIs

    My tandem pump has been seeping for quite a few years - just not enough for me to fork over $350 or so... I had one small hose get soft a year or so ago from fuel dripping on it (relocated), but otherwise it's been trouble free. Unfortunately, it's now stated making a mess of the driveway. I...
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    crap... died out on the road.

    Flashing gp, just flat out died :( got it restarted and made it another 5 miles. then another half a mile to coast over the bridge :) p0727 code on scan gauge. google says crank position sensor. buddy with AAA coming to get me a tow home. figured I'd post while I was sitting on the side of the...
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    Message from dealer - fuel 'service' BS

    "This is a courtesy reminder email from Compass VW regarding your vehicle’s maintenance schedule. According to our records, your 2013 Volkswagen Passat may be due for a Fuel System Cleaning Service. The fuel system cleaning service is the manufacturer’s recommended yearly service that opens...
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