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Hi all. I was just wondering how you can determine what year a Passat is. What did they change each year? I know that for 1999 the corner llights went from orange to clear and there were some new wheels. What were the changes for 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002, and 2003?
 

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Re: Yearly changes (jcat707)

These are not all the changes, but here are the ones I can think of off the top of my head:
- 1998 Passats had 100% amber corners & side markers
- Some 1999 Passats w/ alloy wheels had alloy spares while others had steel spares. All alloy wheel-equipped Passats afterwards came with steel spares.
- 1998 Passats only have 2 headrests in the back
- In 2000 Passats, the trunk release was moved from the glove compartment to the driver door
- The middle seat in the backseat of a 1998 Passat pulls down to become an armrest. 1999 Passats do not do this. 2001.5+ Passats returned to the middle armrest design of 1998.
- 1998 and 1999 Passat GLX's came with 15" Adelaides. In 2000 and 2001, Passat GLX's came with 16" Montreals.
- 1998's Royal Green was replaced by Bright Green in 1999.
- Several other colors were only available in 1998

Basically, to the naked eye, I believe there are 3 noticeably different fifth-generation Passats: the 1998 first model year version, the 1999-2001 version, and the 2001.5-2003 version. A slightly modified fifth-generation Passat will arrive for the 2004 model year.


Modified by DrivinAJetta at 2:23 AM 7-2-2003
 
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