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#1462 of 3340 Re: 1999 Passat - Water in Front Footwells [chatmando]
Nov 06, 2005 (9:23 am)
My problems didn't turn out to be condensation. I eventually removed the plastic covers under the bonnet(very simple to do by removing the rubber beading) and saw that the battery was swimming in a pool of water. Due to time constraints I haven't been able to remove the battery but i suspect that there is a drain hole underneath which is blocked up by all the leaves and dirt which comes down from the window. This seems a very bad design flaw by VW as once this compartment fills up it just pours down the air-inlet directly into the passenger footwell. What compounded my problem is that our driveway is on a slight slope and we park the car nose upwards, which forces the water to run back towards the car. Once I take the battery out and have a decent look around I will reply again.
#1463 of 3340 B6 Passat 2.0T: Replacing Dashboard Trim
Nov 06, 2005 (10:09 am)
I am not quite pleased with my Passat's faux carbon fiber dashboard trim and would like to replace it with another finish.
I know that a faux wood trim is available as an option # however, I note that European Highline models have a brushed aluminum finish which is far more appealing look if you have the lighter trim.
Does anyone know if there is a US supplier who sells such an item? Or can anyone suggest any other alternative. B6 Passat options are scarce right now.
#1464 of 3340 Re: 1999 Passat - Water in Front Footwells [kgould]
Nov 07, 2005 (7:07 am)
There are actually two drains in the cowl area. One directly under the battery and theother under the brake fluid reservoir (IIRC).
Agreed that it's a poor design, further aggravated by the complete lack of mention in the owner's manual that these even exist, let alone a recommendation to clear them.
I'd jump on this pretty quickly. If the water's deep enough, it's possible for the brake systme to ingest water and could hydrolock the engine (per at least one recent commend here on Edmunds in this forum or another Passat one).
Nov 07, 2005 (4:06 pm)
please give advise on how to locate & change fuel filter on my 1997 passat tdi
thanks in anticipation
#1467 of 3340 Re: B6 Passat 2.0T: Replacing Dashboard Trim [pier]
Nov 08, 2005 (6:48 am)
Yeah I agree with you,those dash trims are really cheap
i asked my dealer to re fix it,but they declined saying that,they all come the same,volkswagen is bad in customer service.sucks
#1468 of 3340 Re: B6 Passat 2.0T: Dashboard Trim Quality [pier]
Nov 08, 2005 (6:53 am)
I raised the same issue with my dealer ship.the district service manager,declined to fix,saying,those dash trims are loose or loosely pasted,for noise reduction,beats me???
what noise reduction they goona achiev.I still feel,that this years model is damn cheap,as if,they were rushing.
they it is 80% assembeled in Germany,i read on some forum,that german workers are lazier due some kind of unions?don;t know?Also,when i bought the car it had a wrong tyre on it.yeah a wrong tyre,i am going to call volkswagen soon
#1469 of 3340 Re: B6 Passat 2.0T: Dashboard Trim Quality [angrydriver]
Nov 08, 2005 (7:23 am)
Agree with you... Just bought my Passat a few weeks back and the Passat letter start falling apart and I have to put it back on myself My car is in shop already for unusual vibration on the brake and prolong start up. For all my fellow passat owner. Please do the Free winter check up before it get cold. You don't want the car die on you when you need it the most
Nov 09, 2005 (7:12 am)
anyone has a free coupon for the winter check,
i never recived one
#1471 of 3340 Re: 06 Passat 2.0T [angrydriver]
Nov 09, 2005 (8:02 am)
Anyone can get one if you have internet access.......