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by stevemac76
Sun Feb 23, 2014 8:12 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: b5.5 double din stereo
Replies: 9
Views: 304

Re: b5.5 double din stereo

Just avoid the Chinese rubbish on Ebay that's all, they look good spec and looks wise, but are horrendous when you get them installed, cheap and nasty!

Stick with proper Japanese brands, JVC, Alpine, Sony, Kenwood and if you must, Pioneer (probably the worst of a good bunch)...
by stevemac76
Wed Feb 12, 2014 6:14 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Standard headunit
Replies: 12
Views: 382

Re: Standard headunit

I work with car audio everyday and see loads of pee'd off people with these Chinese headunits, I usually end up taking them out for them and installing proper Japanese ones. :wink:
by stevemac76
Mon Feb 03, 2014 10:36 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Re: Passat W8, good idea or not?

They are not as bad as have been made out, I had a stuck cam adjuster and it took me two hours to take the solenoid out and free it up! Stay clear of autos, they are on the limit of power, and get it remapped, it transforms the car. Service wise they take 8.5 litres if stupid expensive oil every 5k...
by stevemac76
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:17 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Re: Passat W8, good idea or not?

stevemac76 wrote:
Mindriot wrote:Nice car, theres also a supercharged V6 2.5 TDI around here somewhere too, now that Id like.
Aren't those v6 TDis supposed to be trouble too? (like most exotic VW engines by the looks of it!)
by stevemac76
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:16 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Re: Passat W8, good idea or not?

Mindriot wrote:Nice car, theres also a supercharged V6 2.5 TDI around here somewhere too, now that Id like.
Aren't those v6 TDis supposed to be trouble too? (like most VW engines by the looks of it!)
by stevemac76
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:15 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Re: Passat W8, good idea or not?

JA1987 wrote:If youre getting a few pounds to spend then have a look at this viewtopic.php?t=72265

Sent from my GT-I9100P

Looks tasty, but at 270-300bhp, how reliable will the engine be though if even the w8 can't take the heat of 275bhp?
by stevemac76
Mon Feb 03, 2014 8:13 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Re: Passat W8, good idea or not?

They are not as bad as have been made out, I had a stuck cam adjuster and it took me two hours to take the solenoid out and free it up! Stay clear of autos, they are on the limit of power, and get it remapped, it transforms the car. Service wise they take 8.5 litres if stupid expensive oil every 5k...
by stevemac76
Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:54 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Re: Passat W8, good idea or not?

Crappy German reliability and engineering again ay? I'm starting to wonder if a Saab 9 5 Aero might be a more reliable alternative (although they are painfully dull cars to look at).
by stevemac76
Sun Feb 02, 2014 11:23 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Passat W8, good idea or not?
Replies: 21
Views: 644

Passat W8, good idea or not?

Hi folks, might be getting my hands on a few quid and am thinking about a W8. What is the crack with the W8 engine, are they another ropey failure or are they a decent, reliable engine?

Cheers folks!
by stevemac76
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:39 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!

Update: Took the breather pipes off yesterday and they were absolutely chocked full of gunk, literally blocked solid! I need to work out how you get the lower pipes off without a major fanny on taking the inlet manifold off and freezing my balls off for hours in the street doing so! Anyway. really a...
by stevemac76
Fri Jan 31, 2014 12:34 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Weird moaning donkey sound?
Replies: 6
Views: 275

Weird moaning donkey sound?

Another problem!! My steering has started making the most alarming kind of sound when I am turning the wheel when parking etc. It can only be described as sounding like a donkey being touched inappropriately, a kind of loud eeorre/screechong noise! Someone mentioned the UJ at the base of the steerin...
by stevemac76
Fri Jan 31, 2014 8:00 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Ko3 Turbo / Uprgrade
Replies: 7
Views: 230

Re: Ko3 Turbo / Uprgrade

Aren't the standard AWT 150hp engines different to the other 1.8t engines though? I heard they were only safe to 200hp or so..
by stevemac76
Tue Jan 28, 2014 6:57 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!

Clean out all the positive crankcase ventilation pipes, your poor engine can't breath and the mayo is the cause of it. You will find that it needs cleaned around two/three times a year, this can also cause the rocker cover gasket to leak, maybe where your oil is disappearing to. I thought it may be...
by stevemac76
Tue Jan 28, 2014 11:48 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!
Replies: 14
Views: 416

Re: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!

Clean out all the positive crankcase ventilation pipes, your poor engine can't breath and the mayo is the cause of it. You will find that it needs cleaned around two/three times a year, this can also cause the rocker cover gasket to leak, maybe where your oil is disappearing to. I thought it may be...
by stevemac76
Mon Jan 27, 2014 11:40 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!
Replies: 14
Views: 416

MAJOR Mayo Issue!! Help!

Ever since I got my 2001 Passat 1.8t it has tended to get a creamy dipstick, I did a bit of research and couldnt really get any definitive answers so I forgot about it carried on, did a full service hoping it would cure it, it didn't. Recently the problem seems to be getting worse in the cold weathe...
by stevemac76
Wed Dec 18, 2013 4:57 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Fogs used as drl's
Replies: 3
Views: 207

Re: Fogs used as drl's

Has any one fitted led bulbs to there fogs if so any pics available as thinking of doing this Thought about that myself, couldn't be bothered in the end, too cold outside! Do it if you want, depending what the Police are like in your area, of course cause as said it may attract attention from a bor...
by stevemac76
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:36 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Anyone had or driven a Mazda RX8?
Replies: 29
Views: 861

Re: Anyone had or driven a Mazda RX8?

Never liked the styling of the RX8, thought it was too fussy and had some weird proportions, RX7 was a much nicer looking car I think (just my opinion) :-P
by stevemac76
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:34 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Anyone had or driven a Mazda RX8?
Replies: 29
Views: 861

Re: Anyone had or driven a Mazda RX8?

calumvw wrote:Two stroke engine in a car, never a good idea.
Wankel engines are not two stroke lol!!!
by stevemac76
Wed Dec 11, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: speaker upgrade?
Replies: 1
Views: 324

Re: speaker upgrade?

You can do more harm powering a set of decent speakers with a poo amp than powering a set of poo speakers with a decent amp as a poo amp will "clip" when the going gets tough which is famous for killing voice coils on speakers. The problem is is that the standard headunit is pretty rubbish with only...
by stevemac76
Wed Dec 11, 2013 8:14 am
Forum: CAR RELATED CHAT
Topic: Phaeton
Replies: 10
Views: 463

Re: Phaeton

Would love one, gorgeously understated and handsome (Wouldn't fancy the repair bills when it all falls to bits though...)
by stevemac76
Tue Dec 10, 2013 8:19 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Skoda superb alloys now fitted
Replies: 12
Views: 540

Re: Skoda superb alloys now fitted

Very nice, I like them! :)
by stevemac76
Sat Dec 07, 2013 7:44 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Fitted HID's in my B5 today
Replies: 39
Views: 1067

Re: Fitted HID's in my B5 today

I gotta say is this total gunning down of his actions based on opinion or seen by your own eyes fact? For one Iv been glared out by many a brand new car with factory fitted hids, and two, Iv ran hids on my mk2 Mondeo on reflectors with a perfect beam line without glare, I haven't seen the passat re...
by stevemac76
Sun Dec 01, 2013 9:37 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Knob!
Replies: 42
Views: 934

Re: Knob!

Fitted a nice new gaiter on the wife's car too, was a bitch to do but looks factory now!
by stevemac76
Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:46 pm
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: Newbie - Some Questions (2.8 V6 4Motion)
Replies: 11
Views: 234

Re: Newbie - Some Questions (2.8 V6 4Motion)

Hey, New member and just bought a 2002 2.8 V6 4Motion Saloon. Hoping some experts on here might be able to help me out with some questions. Firstly, the OEM stereo is not working, the dealer said they removed the battery and put in a new one and since then it hasn't worked. I checked fuse 37 in the...
by stevemac76
Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:10 am
Forum: B5 & B5.5 PASSATS
Topic: New car!
Replies: 19
Views: 565

Re: New car!

benn5150 wrote:Is it a 1.8t ? If so you may have the sludge issue which can block up the sump & possibly oil pump. I had the same problem on my last 1.8t oil level was fine same warning message. Turned out oil wasn't getting to the top of the engine
It's my wife's car that causing the problem, a 2.0 8v mate