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My 2003 volkswagen passat has white/odorless smoke coming from engine when driven. Coming from left side near that huge hose thing.

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I'd need to know exactly what the big hose thing is to give you a better diagnoses. But it may be an oil/fluid or water dripping onto the exhaust.

Posted on Mar 13, 2011

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