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#8012 of 8276 Re: 1996 Passat-where is the harness to add a cd changer [ajmills]
Jan 01, 2006 (12:07 pm)
I installed the factory CD changer in my 1996 Passat immediately after buying it new. They are not pre-wired. You have to remove the radio, plug in the wiring harness for the CD changer, and run the wires down behind the right kick panel. Then remove the door sill moldings and run the wires under the edge of the carpet to the space under the right rear seat, through the opening behind the right rear seat, and up to the underside of the package shelf. Hopefully, your CD changer came with the bracket to hang the CD changer from the package self. It's not a difficult task. All you need is a screwdriver, pliers, and a VW radio puller.
#8013 of 8276 Re: 1996 Passat-where is the harness to add a cd changer [cosmo]
Jan 01, 2006 (7:20 pm)
Thanks. I will have my husband get the wire harness and install it. We do have the mounting brackets so it shouldn't be to hard to install.
#8014 of 8276 John - your daughter's Passat
Jan 02, 2006 (9:17 pm)
Personally, I think you made a good choice getting your daughter that Passat. It's more likely than most cars to help her avoid an accident (great handling, and the all-important electronic skid control) and to protect her if she does have one (heaven forbid) with features like the full-length head-curtain airbags.
As for reliability, my '03 1.8T now has 46K miles and has been quite reliable mechanically. No oil consumption, no engine repairs, brakes still good, etc. There were three small trim problems, but the dealer fixed them quickly under warranty, no questions asked. But mechanically, so far no problems at all. Let's hope that lasts.
Mine is an 03; given that the '05 is the last year of a long run (whether it began with the 1997.5 or the 2001.5), I'd guess that even more of the kinks from earlier years have been worked out.
How can she keep her Passat in good shape? Here's the little I know:
1) Do all the scheduled maintenance on time, and always make sure the dealer uses one of the VW-approved synthetic oils (I still bring my own store-bought Mobil1 0w40)
2) Clay and wax the exterior twice a year (or hire someone to do it) - VW does a fine job with paint, but this will keep the car looking good.
3) I strongly recommend giving your daughter a booklet by Tom and Ray Magliozzi, a.k.a Click and Clack the Tappet Brothers - it's called "Ten Ways You May Be Ruining Your Car Without Even Knowing It!" (you can order it online for $4.50 - about what a quart of synth oil costs - at:
Its advice will not only keep this car, or any car, in good condition for longer, it will also probably make her a safer driver.
4) In addition to what Tom and Ray recommend, one contributor to this forum recommends that after a long drive, those with the 1.8 T let it idle for at least a minute before turning it off, to give it the "turbo cooldown" it needs. Sounds good to me, so I do it.
I've worried about reliability more than I would have with a Camry or Accord, because of the reputation, but in reality, so far, so good. Again- I think you made an excellent choice, aside from getting a good deal.
#8015 of 8276 Re: John - your daughter's Passat [brozhnik]
Jan 03, 2006 (1:37 pm)
Thanks for the information! I will sleep better now.
I will order the book. Also, thanks for the tip on running the engine after a long trip.
Have a safe and prosperous New Year!
#8016 of 8276 Water leak majore
Jan 03, 2006 (9:19 pm)
2003 Passat GLX 4Motion with 21K and major water leak. The floor under the driver's seat is slurping up water from somewhere. The dealer charged me $125 to clean out one side of the sun roof drain telling me that was the problem. The very next morning after a hard overnight rain it was now twice as wet. The car is back at VW and they say they can't find any leak but are replacing the carpet. Anyone with a similar problem/advice? Thanks.
#8017 of 8276 Re: Water leak majore [swim4fun]
Jan 04, 2006 (7:05 am)
My first suspect would be that the drains are clogged in the cowling area where the battery sits. Take a peek at this site:
As a sidenote, seems like a complete waste of time and money to replace the carpet until the leak is found....
Jan 04, 2006 (10:19 am)
it is like painting a room but the roof is still somewhere leaking.
#8019 of 8276 Re: John - your daughter's Passat [hrtpace1]
Jan 04, 2006 (12:33 pm)
Just my $.02...I have had ny 04.5 Passat GLS for over a year and a half and almost 25,000 miles. The only problem I have had was the engine light came on (N80 valve? replaced). That took the dealer about 2 hours to fix and I was on my way.
Just make sure the maintenance is done religiously and you should be fine. Unlike a Honda, you can't skimp on the required maintenance. Also, always use Synthetic oil.
#8020 of 8276 Re: Water leak majore [altair4]
Jan 04, 2006 (10:03 pm)
I'm not sure if that will be the fix, but I forwarded it to my VW dealer. Thanks for your help.
#8021 of 8276 Re: 2005 Passat GLS [hrtpace1]
Jan 16, 2006 (3:31 pm)
I am on my 3rd VW and have posted here many times on my experience. I have 93,000 miles on my 2000 1.8t tip. I replaced tires at 72,000 miles. I put on new rear brakes only at 50,000 miles. I just had the brakes checked and they are still good. I did have to replace one of the oxygen sensors at about 75,000 miles which was a few hundred dollars. Other than that the vehicle has been as good as my previous 2 VW's. I have to note that my ABS Control Module is now bad so I have no ABS or Traction Control. I was quoted $1,200 from the dealer to replace but have found a place on the internet to order a unit for $250 and replace it myself. I keep my vehicles for a long time to get the money out of them so I don't anticipate getting rid of my Passat for another 5 years, at least. I don't mind the upcoming higher repair and maintenance costs because they are amortized over a lot of miles and they are cheaper than a car payment. Long story short, my Passat has been very reliable and I look forward to another 90,000 miles.