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#2643 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat Experience Part II [altair4]
Apr 18, 2008 (4:22 pm)
The 2003 Passat owner's manual, VW's website, and the Bentley manual all show the manufacturer's recommended TB interval at 105K,
Like splitting hairs, eh?
I have the Bentley Manuals for the B5 Passat, AND Mk4 Jetta/Golf, so I am very much aware of the 105K recommendation. The 90K-100K interval is MY recommendation - I prefer to err on the side of caution rather than roll the dice on a $5,000+ engine replacement.
Having owned and worked on VWs (Mk1 through Mk4) for the past 27 years (including performing many timing belt jobs myself), I believe I know a thing or two about timing belts....
#2644 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat Experience Part II [600kgolfgt]
Apr 18, 2008 (5:00 pm)
Not to split hairs, but you wrote:
As far as the owners manual is concerned - timing belt replacement every 90,000 miles is pretty reasonable (given that the timing belt itself is very robust) - with one caveat. If you replaced the original OEM plastic water pump with a new OEM plastic water pump, I wouldn't go beyond 65,000 mile intervals, given the water pump's uncanny ability to disintegrate at that time.
I took that to mean that you thought the owner's manual recommended a tb change at 90K. It doesn't.
I still agree with your recommendation for changes/
#2645 of 3341 Hood release on 2003 Passat
Apr 23, 2008 (7:27 pm)
I am wondering if there is any way to open the hood of the car without the "tab". Mine broke off about two weeks ago and I have not been able to get it into the dealer to repair it and would like to check oil...I can not find my owner's manual (the one book I need is not in the binder!) so just wondering if anyone know of an alternate way to open the hood.
Apr 24, 2008 (2:04 pm)
I have a 99 passat and i had just put $950 dollars into the dang thing for the ignition control module, valve cover gasket, and a variety of other things. Needless to say i'm tired of putting money into this car. Plus the nearest volkswagen service center is 250 miles away. So anyways when the switch for the air conditioner is turned to positions one through three the blower does not kick on the "AC light" is illuminated and the radiator fan kicks on. Also when the switch is on one through three the condenser is cooling the air but just not being blown. When you turn the switch one step further (to position 4) the blower kicks on, the AC light turns off and the air gets progressively warmer as the condenser warms up (turns off). Is this just the switch going bad? A Relay? please help me with this. Thanks
#2647 of 3341 Re: 2006 Passat fan problems [altair4]
Apr 26, 2008 (5:11 pm)
Excuse me. Do you know if the "resistor block" fixed the problem for that guy? i have the same problem. Can you let me know please? Thank you much.
#2648 of 3341 loss of power
Apr 28, 2008 (12:03 pm)
I have an m reg vw passatt 1900 tdi 172000 miles on the clock.
I recently took it to the garage as the actuator arm on the turbo was stuck. the garage released it but i have still got a problem when going to overtake a car i lose power in fact at one time when doing 80 mph it has dropped off to about 60mph Has anyone any ideas what the problem could be is say the turbo on the way out or what. When i try to accerlerate at times its as though it is holding back slightly though on level ground seems fine.
Any help with this would be very much appreciated Thank You.
Apr 29, 2008 (6:22 pm)
i just bought a 97 passat and i love it, the passanger side blinkers work but the marker light in the bumper and on the side of the headlight as well as the tail light on the same side all do not work any ideas?
#2650 of 3341 after market radio in a 97 passat
Apr 29, 2008 (6:26 pm)
I would like to put an aftermarket cd player with sat radio hook up in my 97 passat glx with the premium sound system, tape deck with changer. Any thing I need to know or worry about with this swap out? I am gonna use a wire harness and stuff so nothing gets cut but I hear it might mess with the computer?
#2651 of 3341 Re: after market radio in a 97 passat [cheif810b]
May 05, 2008 (9:32 am)
I have a '99 passat and I have a aftermarket radio, the problem is some of the older model radios can mess up the computer when ever you go to a shop to get your car fixed. But if you can get a new model radio and if you take to the shop and they want to check your computer they just have to turn off the radio and it will be fine so you can use a aftermarket radio. Just make sure its a good name brand radio.
#2652 of 3341 Re: Headlamp cover [lora726]
May 05, 2008 (9:41 am)
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