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Volkswagen Passat: 1998-2005 (B5) What goes next?


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Patrick99Passat

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What goes next?
Posted: Dec 24, 2013 12:22 PM
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I've been running a 1999 Passat (AEB). It's been a good car. Have 100k miles on it (I take public transport a lot). Replaced the tires and battery of course. Did the timing belt at 85K. Did the front and rear brakes. Had the ignition control module go out and replaced that. Recently renewed the thermal grease on that. Cruise control went out years ago. Small leaks here and there - nothing I worry about.

So what's next to go? Hoses? Fuel injectors? Any experience you can recall around this mileage would help.
FKH161

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Re: What goes next?
Posted: Dec 27, 2013 7:38 PM   in response to: Patrick99Passat in response to: Patrick99Passat
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You will go crazy worrying about this... deal with items as they appear / fail.

You'll never catch everything before it fails. If you spend a bunch of money replacing things that "might go soon", something else will go and you'll be upset even more.
TomB

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Re: What goes next?
Posted: Dec 28, 2013 8:35 AM   in response to: Patrick99Passat in response to: Patrick99Passat
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Good advice. My son's 2003 Passat (153,000 miles) developed a water pump leak, and considering that they have two old cars with high miles, he decided to get a newer car for his wife for reliability. Then I changed the Passat's water pump, timing belt & tensioner, etc. so he might sell it for a bit more. Also change the oil a last time as I had one filter left.
When he drove it home to clean it for pictures, the oil pressure warning goes off for the first time ever. Level is OK, so it is likely pump/relief/sludge, etc.
Well, that's why he had already bought the replacement car.

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