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This has been discussed before, but I just came back from driving around and came across two B5.5 Passats in traffic., and I have to comment.
I just don't understand the taillights. The 4 circles, mounted vertically in pairs, gives the Passat a "boat" look. That's with the lights on. With the lights not on, the white bow-tie look makes you wonder where Piech was on this (you know he approved everything).
Car and Driver- "The rear-end styling has, likewise, been complicated by fussy-looking new taillights."
Fussy seems to be the best word to describe them. I never had these strong feelings against the B5 taillights....... in fact, those taillights are very cool. Especially the way that they "hide" the amber turn lens ONLY until the blinkers are activated.
If you have the new B5.5 and like them, great. From a design perspective, it just doesn't flow as evenly as the previous ones.
I guess this is VW's intention to take the car to luxury. I'm just waiting for VW to come out with a "Gold" package Passat, where all the chrome is anodized gold. Don't laugh.......... if someone would have told you in 2000 that the Passat was going to be all chromed out soon, you wouldn't have believed that too!




[Modified by randy, 9:47 PM 12-2-2001]
 

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Re: B5.5 Taillights......... why did VW have to ruin a good thing? (mauslick)

Heck, I even like the new taillights on the current 2 door Civic better. The kinda have this red "horseshoe" design. Elegant, yet simple. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif

The new taillights do work better on the B5.5 wagon, than on the B5.5 sedan. I think because visually there is the vertical pillar just above the taillight, lending to vertical "flow", whereas the sedan just ends abruptly.


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Re: B5.5 Taillights......... why did VW have to ruin a good thing? (sbachmeier)

quote:[HR][/HR]I, for one, like the new style tail lamps. They are also much brighter at night (especially with the dual brake lamps), which is an inherently good thing. You know, so the buffoon behind you aiming their SUV down the road whilst dialing their wireless phone can see that you're applying the brakes...[HR][/HR]​
You gotta good point there. They ARE bright. There was a post here about a guy in his B5.5, waiting at a light, when he noticed the guy in the car parked behind him had his hands over his face. So the B5.5 driver took his foot of the brake, and the guy lowered his hands. Stepped on the brake, and the guy covered his eyes.
If anything, the taillights can help amuse B5.5 drivers by playing with the drivers behind them!
 
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