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Tuner Tuesday Double Take: 1983 and 1984 Volkswagen GTis

Recently we’ve had a wave of lightly modified, good condition A1 GTis. Always a popular platform for tuners and back yard mechanics, the GTi for a long time was cheap, modifications were plentiful, and they mostly lived a hard life. Today, finding clean examples will yield you a highly sought after prize; with so few left, the price has been driven up and nice examples are coming out of the woodwork to test the waters. Today we have two modified but clean GTis – will either be to your taste? Let’s look at the cleaner and more original of the two:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1983 Volkswagen GTi on VW Vortex

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Week In Review

Welcome to Week in Review, where we’ll take a look at some of the vehicles featured on GCFSB over the last couple of weeks:

The 2002 Audi S8 sold for $5,600: Closed Auction | Our Post on this Car

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Heap of the Week: 1993 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6

Ah, the unloved Passat. Actually, I think most of Volkswagen’s first attempts at a mid-level sedan were unloved by American consumers. Granted, the GLX featured here had what some might call “unusual” looks, but I’ve always liked just how different it was from its competition of the era. Unfortunately, the Passat’s reliability record was poor, and the early 90s were pretty much as good as it got for Japanese family sedans. Both the Accord and the Camry emerged as more than a economy brand and became the gold standard in mainstream, affordable transportation (in this writer’s humble opinion). Despite the narrow-angle V6 that made some of the best sounds in an engine bay not attached to a Ferrari, the Passat didn’t break through in this generation. That doesn’t stop me from wanting this heap, which is just a visit away from the Dent Doctor and a detailer before becoming a quirky and attractive daily driver.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 Volkswagen Passat on eBay

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Double Take: Dueling Volkswagen B4 TDi Passats

As enthusiasts cars go, the words “TDi” and “Passat” don’t generally generate a tremendous amount of enthusiasm. Of course, that belies the entire subculture of Volkswagen enthusiasts that are diesel obsessed; but even amongst them the Passat TDi is rarely the first car they’d choose. Perhaps the exception to that is the wagon version of the B4, which offered smart looks and unbelievable fuel mileage. However, we looked at one on our Facebook fanpage, and people baulked as the price approached $15,000 on a high mile, 20 year old Passat diesel. So what’s here today then? Well, if you need a smart commuter, want to get 50 miles a gallon with a bit of sleeper style, the Passat sedan offers arguably better build quality than the Mk.2 and Mk.3 Jetta diesels did and can be had for a more reasonable budget. Today, there are two nearly identical mileage B4 TDis available on Ebay – let’s start with the older one:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1996 Volkswagen Passat TDi on eBay

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1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V – REVISIT

The mint 1987 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V that we featured last December is back up for sale at the same price. Any takers this time around? In my opinion, beige rarely looks this good.

The below post originally appeared on our site December 3, 2013:

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