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I am buying a 2005 V8 and would like to use this message board to find out more about this vehicle. One thing that puzzles me is the key slot next to teh gear selector. I had full diagnostics done on it and only fault its picking up is low voltage readings. But it has been standing for a while. Its a one owner vehicle, 149000 km and FSH.
 

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good idea to replace the battery
 

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The key turns the passenger air bag off/on.

Early V8s must have the timing belt, tensioner, water pump and thermostat changed every 80,000 miles or 5 years, whichever comes first.

If the belt let's go the engine is toast.

Unless you know for certain when the change was done, you need to factor this in.

Do read the buying a used Touareg link in my signature below.
 

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"The key turns the passenger air bag off/on. "
why would they do that,
is if your passenger has their own air bags?
 

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"The key turns the passenger air bag off/on. " why would they do that, is if your passenger has their own air bags?
Some countries (especially Europe) allow rear facing child seats to be mounted in the front passenger seat but the only way you can do this safely is by turning off the airbag.
 

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In US cars we have the passenger seat detection built into the seat?

Do you have a picture?

Can it be an aftermarket anti-theft device?
 

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