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#3205 of 3341 Re: 2003 Passat dead [photodad3855]
Dec 30, 2010 (8:17 pm)
OH Photodad so sorry to hear about the death of your Passat. My 03' is the love of my car life. She is my fourth automobile ever; and upon purchase I swore to follow EVERY service necessary to suck the life out of this vehicle (to the best of my abilities). I usually check out online forums; and but the hell out of my certified VW mechanics about what is needed to put the kind of years and milage on her that I want. I bought her summer of 02' and we just passed 92K. Now it was drilled into my head at 80k START SAVING for the timing belt. Once it goes; well you know...you're dead in the water. I finally just had the job done this week and feel like the weight of the Earth is off my shoulders. I was raised by a GM man but had a father into Kraut cars and learned one thing. If you take care of them; you'll get what you want out of them. I will NEVER go any other way again. I've driven American, Japanese, and now German. LOVE IT! VW for life :0) Or at least another 92K.
A little surprised by the CV joints comment; really? Oh and the water leak was common and quite easy to fix. Any of the guys at the dealership could have walked out and cut the tips bigger at the end of the water drainage tubes that by design were just too small. Oh and were you going to garages that had Audi or VW mechanics? (other than the dealers?) Just curious. I would not take my baby to someone who didn't know how to properly service her. Audi and VW's are severely over engineered (which is fine and I'm quite thankful), so it takes a certified tech to know your car. Just sayn.
#3206 of 3341 Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat?
Dec 31, 2010 (5:39 am)
#3207 of 3341 Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat?
Dec 31, 2010 (5:39 am)
I have a 2002 sationwagon, 120,000 miles.
Few questions for all of you who know WAY MORE about cars than me:
1. My engine light went on- they say- air compressor needs to be fixed... I am wondering if it is worth putting another repair into this car that has been in steady need of one little thing after another.
How many miles can I expect to drive this thing?
2. Also, I never replaced the timing belt.. guess I should do that if I keep the car. Yes?
3. There are about three small patches of body rust-- any tips on how to tackle this myself and save the expense of paint jobs?
#3209 of 3341 Re: Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat? [yogamama]
Jan 01, 2011 (11:27 am)
YOu are about 15,000 miles past the recommended cahnge interval. If the belt breaks, you will face thousnads in repairs; possibly more than the vehicle is worth on the market.
#3210 of 3341 Re: Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat? [altair4]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Jan 02, 2011 (8:41 am)
I'll add to that and say that often, the belt looks fine - it's not one of those components like tires where you can see exactly how much life it has left. It may last another 30,000 miles. It may break tomorrow and, as altair4 mentioned, cause all sorts of other damage in the process. This is one maintenance item that you really don't want to let go, regardless of what you intend to do with the vehicle.
#3211 of 3341 Re: Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat? [yogamama]
Jan 18, 2011 (6:42 pm)
Yogamam, My Passat 2000 has more than 200k miles on it and it keeps on running. I've never had any major problems with it but I also do all of the recommended service. My service costs have gone down considerably since I left my local dealer at around 80k mile. Had a disappointing experience where they said I needed major repair and had a second opinion from another VW dealer that said nothing was wrong with the car. Your Passat will be good to you if you're good to it.
#3212 of 3341 Re: Need Advice: Should I keep my 2002 passat? [yogamama]
Jan 19, 2011 (8:10 am)
Yogamama. I may be able to give you a wee bit of advice on the body work. I just finished working on my wife's 1998 Golf which needed $1.500 body work (a quote). If the rust is surface only and not gone through you might be able to grind out the spots. If it is deeper you could do as I did. I have a Dremel tool with some grinding bits and cut off wheels with which I cut out the rusted pieces. In this case I also had some Bondo and fibreglas left over from another project. I used that to rebuild the bottom of the car door and the fenders. It was a bit messy but once it dries you can then grind or sand it down and feather it out with sandpaper and elbow grease to match the surrounding area. Then make a visit to an auto supply store where they can mix matching paint in a spray bomb for you and get a good primer. The auto store can also recommend the various grades of sandpaper you will need to get a nice smooth finish. GEt a good paint mask for your face also. Use masking tape and newspaper to cover the area you do not want to paint. Practise painting a bit on some scrap wood or cardboard before painting the car. It's better to put on 2-3 light coats than a heavy coat. I bought a cheap spray can to practise with also so I didn't waste the good stuff. My total costs were $25. If I had to purchase everything including the Dremel tool I would have laid out $250. Still a significant savings for a days work. Even she was happy with the job and that was the really hard part.
#3213 of 3341 Ghosts in the Machine...
Jan 19, 2011 (8:57 am)
Hello All: 2006 Golf, 2.0. OK, I have had complete faith in this rig since my son purchased it about two years ago with 36k miles. Suddenly, it's starting to remind me of my '02 Passat 1.8T, and let's just say...that's NOT a good thing. Problem #1: A couple of months ago, all of the dash lights, including the instrument cluster (!), bonked out. No problema during the day, but it sucks having to use a small flashlight in the car at night! I checked EVERY fuse...all OK. Pulled the headlight switch and reostat out of the dash...no apparent problem there, either (there is NO juice flowing IN to the reostat. I was wondering if I could fix this by running a line from a power source into the line side of the reostat...might that power the instrument lights (my mechanic DID run a test and advised the lights ARE functional...there's just no power getting there). Comments, anyone? Problem #2: A few weeks ago, the interior lights quit working when the driver door is opened (they do work with the other doors), and now the door does the automatic "self locking" even when the door has been opened (I instantly realized that I better not leave the key in the car!). I'm thinking microswitch... anyone had this problem, and can the microswitch be replaced separately without replacing the entire latch, or can the microswitch be repaired somehow? Problem #3: Airbag light came on...knowing V--dubs, this repair sounds very pricey. Any advice out there? This Golf has only 68k miles...I'm very disappointed...I've had other rigs that run to 150-175 with no such problems, and not happy that I should even have to deal with this crap. Thanks for any advice...vwdawg
#3214 of 3341 Re: Crankshaft Tab Broken [altair4]
Feb 10, 2011 (10:38 am)
Hello, altair and others: Would like to ask a question on behalf of a good friend who owns a 2001 Passat VR6 with around 110k. Odor of burning oil in engine compartment...assumed bad valve cover gasket...had checked by his mechanic. Mechanic could not find problem with that, but said perhaps leaking "camshaft seals" (?). I'm not familiar with this issue, but can anyone comment from personal experience, is it a common occurrence with the VR6 at this mileage, and what's the approx cost to fix? Thnx...vwdawg