The "What did you do to your B5 passat today" thread...

1854sailor

Resident Curmudgeon
Joined
Aug 10, 2004
Location
Westerly, RI
TDI
2015 Golf SE SportWagen, 2015 Golf SE Hatch Back.
Door looks good.

I actually drove mine today. Haven't been driving it much. Had to jump start it. Has a battery drain issue.
Yes, I think it turned out pretty well. I'll let it cure for a month or two and give it a Finesse It treatment and a waxing.
 

Windex

Top Post Dawg
Joined
Apr 1, 2006
Location
Cambridge
TDI
05 B5V 01E FRF
Took the hatch trim off to extricate the tailgate release motor. Like a caveman, I have been having to use the key in the hatch to open it.

Showed almost infinite resistance across the terminals. :(

I split the gearcase and once the motor was out, I cycled it by hand and tapped it around a bit.

Reassembled, and lo-and-behold, it works again.

My guess is that the brushes are worn out, so it's only a matter of time before it quits again.

Currently waiting for the ebay/Chineseum replacement to show up. :D
 

blazen71

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Joined
Oct 25, 2011
Location
Wiskullsin
TDI
All Gone
New thermostat and coolant. What a silly design with the heater-hose air bleed. My Allroad was the same and was a pain to get all the air bled out
 

s4phillips

Veteran Member
Joined
Jul 3, 2005
Location
Live in d/FW, TX. Transplanted from the Pacific
TDI
2002 Beetle, 2005 Passat Variant-DOA blunt force trama, 2014 Beetle-went home
New thermostat and coolant. What a silly design with the heater-hose air bleed. My Allroad was the same and was a pain to get all the air bled out
I just removed the small line to the reservoir and filled till it just burped from the metal rail.
Good to see another Passat saved from the chains and envious you had two post! :)
 

davedeisel

New member
Joined
Apr 9, 2013
Location
alberta canada
TDI
b5 passat
I have the trunk problem also , still acting like a cave man next thing to do . Just finished cleaning throttle actuator and EGR valve. Cleaned better than 3.5 grams of crabon stuck to egr .
 

afarfalla

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 6, 2006
Location
sugar land tx
TDI
05 Passat sedan and 05 wagen
added SRS rear sway, in The Villages I was taking the round-abouts at 35mph car was glued to the ground
 

1854sailor

Resident Curmudgeon
Joined
Aug 10, 2004
Location
Westerly, RI
TDI
2015 Golf SE SportWagen, 2015 Golf SE Hatch Back.
Pulled the cam cover to verify my fears and yup, I need a new cam. #4 cylinder exhaust valve follower is dished and the lobe is showing the start of scoring even though the chamfer is still there.
 
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Sprocket

Sprockette's hubby
Joined
Nov 18, 2004
Location
MI
TDI
2014 Jeep Grand Cherokee Summit Eco Diesel, 2005 Passat Silverstone Grey, 1996 Passat Storm Grey
Had the AC system recharged & checked for leaks. Put the wife's old Golf 17" wheels on the car. Pulled the windshield washer fluid level sensor & cleaned the probes so I no longer get the low washer fluid warning & chime. No more rain x washer fluid...
 

d0u8l3m

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Location
Connecticut
TDI
B5.5 Passat
Well this happened this past week, freaking thing flew off on the highway and shattered on the ground...$80 later its fixed =[ at least iDParts had it in stock though.

 

PickleRick

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Joined
Nov 29, 2017
Location
Greenville sc
TDI
05 GLS BHW sedan 5 speed conversion. BHW Carver SantaCruz in progress
Lol...i almost did the same. My mirror has rattled since purchase in December. Decided to dig in. Found a spot as big as a penny was holding it onto the backing. Some gorilla glue gel made for a quick fix. I pulled a mirror on one of my parts passats first to make sure i wouldn't break my good one.
 

d0u8l3m

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Location
Connecticut
TDI
B5.5 Passat
Lol...i almost did the same. My mirror has rattled since purchase in December. Decided to dig in. Found a spot as big as a penny was holding it onto the backing. Some gorilla glue gel made for a quick fix. I pulled a mirror on one of my parts passats first to make sure i wouldn't break my good one.
I fixed my drivers with super glue last year. I ended up buying that one as well though because after the pass one went I checked it, and its already peeling off again. Ill keep the old one and reglue it to have as a backup. Guess ill have to keep the mirrors in mind/check them after another 140k haha
 

Redlabel6

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Joined
Nov 23, 2009
Location
Chaska, Minnesota
TDI
98 Jetta, 2005 Passat
Brakes all around, rear calipers, rear shocks, rear wheel bearing, fuel filter, air filter, cabin air filter, transmission fluid and filter, coolant overflow tank. (broke the nipple off changing the fuel filter:mad:)
Should be good for many more miles...
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otty

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Joined
Nov 7, 2010
Location
Revelstoke, BC
TDI
2003 Passat W8=>TDI swap, 4Motion Wagon, PD130(AVF) 6Speed Manual, 2006 Jetta MKIV PD(BEW) Wagon 5Speed Manual
Turbo boost hose replaced, one side of one set of front pads replaced and fix stuck brake piston that wore out those pads prematurely, took it to the shop to have both front outer CV boots replaced ($600!! - this is why I try to do all my own work but I couldn't face doing that job...).

New tires - I went with Conti Pro Contact. They call for 94 load rating for this car on its OEM 17" wheels. The last set of Toyo Versado only lasted about 40,000km! Wish I had kept track of things to claim the warranty. I will this time. 96,000km warranty on these. The Toyos had 100,000km...

I hear it is the AWD that chews up tires...
 
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wtribeflyer

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Joined
Oct 8, 2013
Location
CA
TDI
2005 Passat TDI sedan
Changed rear coolant flange and TP gasket. After all the moaning and groaning I've read about, the job was not bad at all! A little tight but very doable. No more leaks!!
 

truman

Top Post Dawg
Joined
May 18, 2000
Location
columbia,MO,usa
TDI
'05 Passat Variant, Still miss the 03JW
Well this happened this past week, freaking thing flew off on the highway and shattered on the ground...$80 later its fixed =[ at least iDParts had it in stock though.

A few months ago I had the same mirror fall off. Bought new glass on Amazon for $17 delivered.
I still enjoy driving mine.
 

d0u8l3m

Veteran Member
Joined
Jun 16, 2014
Location
Connecticut
TDI
B5.5 Passat
A few months ago I had the same mirror fall off. Bought new glass on Amazon for $17 delivered.
I still enjoy driving mine.

The plastic back on mine was cracked so I needed the plastic too, and I don't think those cheap mirrors have the same curvature/angles as the stock mirror. I only buy OEM for parts I consider critical and to me that's one of them.

I almost got the set from ECS that had a blind spot section, but I saw a similar one in person and hated it...it's not that hard to shoulder check haha
 

PickleRick

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Joined
Nov 29, 2017
Location
Greenville sc
TDI
05 GLS BHW sedan 5 speed conversion. BHW Carver SantaCruz in progress
New thermostat, new elbow and new cct. That's enough for the month of May.
 

PickleRick

Veteran Member
Joined
Nov 29, 2017
Location
Greenville sc
TDI
05 GLS BHW sedan 5 speed conversion. BHW Carver SantaCruz in progress
Installed pioneer blue tooth head unit. Got tired of the casset tape adapter and the stupid humming.


Huge upgrade in sound over stock head unit. Amp and 2 IB 10' subs will be added to the rear deck for a more full sound. It wont thump for blocks but as a lover of music i don't want modest mouse to thump.
 

Scubanero

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Joined
May 30, 2007
Location
Calgary AB
TDI
2005 Passat Wagon
Replaced transmission with a VW reman. Original died at 260,000 km. This two years after replacing the TC.
 
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