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#2512 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [navyguy1990]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:09 am)
The "Purple Bottle" sounds like Royal Purple if she bought it at the military exchange, but I'm just guessing. Royal Purple is one of those "boutique" oils...Shipo may have more thoughts on that. I'm not sure if they're compliant with 502.00 or 503.01 or what they have. I'm sticking with M1 in my engine.
About the brake dust...the OEM pads can be pretty dusty, but some of the after-market ones are much worse (Ate pads, for one). Others are much less dusty and the dust they make is lighter in color. Specifically, I'm thinking of PBR brand, Deluxe Plus pads. They're about equivalent to OEM for stopping power, dust less, and last longer.
I get some service done at the dealer (mostly oil changes to keep the sludge warranty fully in place). Other stuff I take to a local independent garage that specializes in German makes.
You might want to check out the following for parts:
There are others. You'll need to make contact with them about shipping to you there.
Thought of something else about maintenance:
VW recommends that the brake fluid be changed out every two years regardless of mileage. I'm following that guideline, too.
If you get a BRAKE Failure message, start searching the web for places tht will refurbish your ABS module.
#2513 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [altair4]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:15 am)
As far as I know, Royal Purple is NOT certified to meet any VW standards of any kind.
Regarding Mobil 1, yup, great oil, I use it too. I was just trying to give our buddy in the Navy different options just in case it isn't available in the PX.
Regarding brake pads, I used the PBR/Axxis Deluxe Plus pads on my 530i and they were wonderful. Good stopping power, no noise and no dust. I wish they were out for the Audi A3 as it looks like a good possibility that my wife and I are going to be filling both of our garage bays with a pair of 2008 Audi A3 2.0Ts.
#2514 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [shipo]
Jan 24, 2008 (7:59 am)
I hear ya about the PX thing. Having never been in the military, do they handle only stuff from the US, or do they also sell other products (like the Shell Helix you mentioned)?
A pair of A3's? Schweeet! I'm waiting on the Jetta TDI wagon to get here and for the techs to get familiar with it. Might be in line for one in about a year or so (I won't buy a first year production model....and, yeah, I know it will be out in Europe before here, but that still doesn't count in my view!).
#2515 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [navyguy1990]
Jan 24, 2008 (8:14 am)
Looks like 0w-40 M1 is available in Korea:
Mobil 1 Korea
And it looks like Shell has a 0w-40 and 5w-40 on their Korean webpage:
Shell Korea (click on the engine in the cutaway car).
Motul's Korean website:
Their 8100 Ester E-tech is 502.00 and 503.01 compliant.
I have, of course, no idea where you would buy these in Korea, but at least you know that you have some options that meet the specs for your engine.
#2516 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [altair4]
Jan 24, 2008 (8:30 am)
"I hear ya about the PX thing. Having never been in the military, do they handle only stuff from the US, or do they also sell other products (like the Shell Helix you mentioned)?"
I don't remember what the PX carries as I left the Marines back in the late 1970s. That said, my guess is that you can buy lots of U.S. domestic market stuff as well as a healthy smattering of stuff from the local market.
Regarding the Jetta TDI, a TDI Sportwagon is extremely attractive to me too, however, I don't know if I want to wait for another year or more for the initial bugs to get worked out and for the dealers to stop charging a premium for a car that is surely to be in high demand.
As a side comment, Mrs. Shipo decided on adding another member to our family in the form of an 80 pound Labrador Retriever, and as such, normal sedans are kind of out for our future transportation needs as our Lab needs to get schlepped around fairly frequently. While the A3 is a tad small for fitting all four of us plus our puppy, I doubt that we'd ever need to fill them up that full (we’d either be carrying the kids or the dog but not both at the same time), and if we do, we're planning on keeping one of our two current mini-vans for when the need arises.
#2517 of 3341 Re: Timing Belt/Camshaft Tensioner [altair4]
Jan 24, 2008 (9:49 am)
My bad, it was the fuel pump. It seems like there were so many, I got them confused--sorry. The last one I'm aware of is the brake switch.
By the way, are there any other gaskets, belts, hoses etc. that I should consider changing while they've got it all opened up for this service?
Only after asking, the service guy suggested serpentine belt at least. I'm going to have VW change any gasket, belt and hose they can access at that time. I wondered aloud why wouldn't you just change out what you could since all the parts work together to run the car or at least recommend this upfront and let the customer be well informed and decide. This way it all starts out on the same page--my thinking. I could just see it now, timing belt changed and then the serpentine belt goes-another $500 repair. He couldn't tell me how much wear in mileage I should expect to get on the the other nearby parts so that's why I'm opting to have any gasket, belt and hose they can access changed. I also asked about the water pump and was told it is metal--will have this double checked and confirmed also.
#2518 of 3341 Re: Timing Belt/Camshaft Tensioner [thesherriff]
Jan 24, 2008 (10:03 am)
I dunno what else you can do while the TB is being done. That list of parts that I posted earlier is pretty comprehensive, but others here may be able to help you.
I also asked about the water pump and was told it is metal--will have this double checked and confirmed also.
I was at my dealer about three weeks ago and I was talking with one of the techs about the water pump. She told me that the metal pumps are available aftermarket (like by Hepu) and that the VW part still has a plastic impeller. I'd make real sure about this before they do the install, if the plastic piece really concerns you.
BTW, at my dealer, they'll install parts other than VW's, but their warranty won't cover that part. YMMV....I'm thinking I'll get mine done by a German-specialist indy.
#2519 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [altair4]
Jan 24, 2008 (5:55 pm)
Shipo and Altair4,
Thank you both for your time and words.
I know for sure I can Mobil 1, since I put that in my wife's Toyota Sienna. I'll check for other synthetic oil while I'm at the PX auto parts store.
They are usually good about stocking high demand items, but I've discovered I need to order the filters (oil, fuel, air) and other low demand items on my own.
Since VW Passat is such a rarity on base, the associated parts are difficult to find.
I'd be sure to check out the websites and if needed, google for me.
#2520 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [navyguy1990]
Jan 24, 2008 (10:10 pm)
Keep in mind that while there are LOTS of grades of Mobil 1, only one of them meets the VW 502.00 and 503.01 oil specifications, and that oil is Mobil 1 0W-40.
#2521 of 3341 Re: About to buy 2003 Passat 1.8T GLS [shipo]
Jan 24, 2008 (10:27 pm)
Thank you. I'll look for that specific viscosity Mobil 1.