1998-2005 Volkswagen Passat Service Reminder Indicator Reset
An all-new Passat, based on the Volkswagen Group B5 platform, was launched in 1996 in Continental Europe, in February 1997 in the United Kingdom, and 1998 in North America. Its PL45 platform was shared with the first-generation “Typ 8D” Audi A4, which was unveiled 2 years earlier, and saw a return to the Passat sharing its longitudinal engine layout platform with Audi’s equivalent model for the first time since the second-generation (B2) Passat of 1981, which shared its platform with the second-generation “Typ 81” Audi 80/Audi 90 (the A4 is the successor to the Audi 80 line).
The Passat introduced a new design language, first seen on the Concept 1 concept car, for the latest generation of Volkswagens, such as the Mk4 Golf, Bora and Polo Mk4. Aerodynamic work gave the B5 Passat a coefficient of drag of 0.27 (saloon model).
The car featured a fully independent four-link front suspension; and a semi-independent torsion beam for front-wheel-drive models or a fully independent suspension on the 4motion 4WD models. 4WD was introduced in 1997 as an option for the 1.8-litre, 2.8-litre V6, 2.0-litre TDI and 2.5-litre V6 TDI engines, using a second-generation Torsen T-2 based 4WD system to minimise loss of traction. The 1.8-litre petrol engine in the Passat and Audi A4 has a lower oil capacity than transverse applications of the same engine (4.6 US quarts (4.4 l) in transverse, 4.3 US quarts (4.1 l) longitudinal), and may suffer from oil sludge problems as a result, if not changed at regular intervals with fully synthetic oils. Four transmission options were available: a 5-speed manual transmission, a 6-speed manual transmission (codename 01E), a 4-speed automatic transmission and a 5-speed automatic transmission with tiptronic.
The 1.6-litre petrol engine had been dropped by 1999, leaving the 1.8-litre 20-valve as the entry-level engine.
Service Reminder Reset
NOTE: Depending on the service performed, one or both service types must be reset:
- If “OIL service” (oil change service every 15,000 km) was performed, only “OIL service” must be reset.
- If “INSP service” was performed (inspection service every 12 months or one inspection service every 30,000 km) with oil change, “INSP service” and “OIL service” must be reset.
- If “INSP service” was performed (inspection service every 12 months or one inspection service every 30,000 km) without oil change, only “INSP service” must be reset.
NOTE: The Service Reminder Indicator can also be reset using an OEM scan tool.
1. Turn off ignition.
2. Press and hold the odometer trip reset button, left of the speedometer.
3. Switch the ignition on. The message service OIL (for country code “D”) or service OIL (remaining countries) appears in the odometer.
4. Release the button.
NOTE: By pressing the distance button once again, the display switches to service event INSP without resetting the service event OIL. Observe that only the respective currently displayed service event is reset.
5. Actuate adjustment button, right of the tachometer.
NOTE: On an instrument cluster with digital clock, the adjustment button must be turned to the right. If the instrument cluster is equipped with an analog clock, the adjustment button must be pulled.
6. The service event indicated in the odometer is reset and (- – -) appears in the display.
7. Turn off ignition.
8. Only the respective currently displayed service event is reset. Repeat the steps to reset another service event.