2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion Variant

Volkswagen is really great at theory, but not so much at execution. They’ve had a long line of really strange marketing decisions which have at times left the company in dire straights. One wonders how Volkswagen will emerge in the wake of the recent diesel scandal, for example, though many other manufacturers like Mitsubishi (you forgot they still made cars, didn’t you? Me too.) are doing their best to usurp VW’s crown as a manufacturing pariah. Yet, Volkswagen has so many debacles it has run its customers through that it should be amazing they come back for more at all. In the early 1990s, they mis-rated the timing belt service intervals on the early V8 quattros. The result was, predictably, a bunch of engine replacements. The 1.8T became notorious for turbo sludge problems, too – rectified with larger filters and synthetic-only oil, but a fair number (including my Passat) had factory turbo replacement. The 3.0 V6? A timebomb of metal shards working their way from the passenger rear of the motor through the engine, thanks to what appears to be an oil starvation design flaw. The 2.7Ts, 4.2s and all of the FSi motors? Known issues, sometimes very large and expensive. Coil packs, unnecessarily complicated PSV systems, transmissions made of glass and clogging sunroof channels? All the norm in your VAG experience. But Volkswagen really outdid themselves by making a complicated system even more complicated when they introduced the 4.0 W8 into the Passat. Sure, it was a test bed for later W12 models, and viewed in that light it makes some sense. But then, the Passat shown here is much more rare than the Bentleys and even some of the A8 W12 models that derived experience from the B5.5. Volkswagen could simply have taken any one of their proven engines and provided the answer to whatever question they were posing when they conceived this vehicle.…

Sprint-off: 2011 Audi S5 v. 2008 Audi RS4 Cabriolet

Blue is my favorite color. I know, this doesn’t really come as a surprise; I think I wax and wane all the time about the special blues that are available from different manufacturers. Whether it was my own Coupe GT’s original Oceanic Blue Metallic or my Passat’s Ink Blue Pearl Effect, there’s just something that’s very special about the glowing, bright and vibrant blues. Audi made a bold change to their blue around 2005; with the mid-year refresh to the B6 chassis, the new B7 discontinued the very popular purple-blue hue of Nogaro. Now, that color had been around in various forms since the RS2, and was closely associated with fast Audis – so it was a big deal. The new color, Sprint Blue Pearl Effect (LZ5F), was pretty and shiny but somehow changed the character of the fast Audis. Maybe it was time for a change, or maybe it was the wrong move – personally, I think a new RS7 in Nogaro would be pretty stunning. But the new hue was also a hit and offered a rare splash of color in Audi’s otherwise conservative grey/silver/black lineup. Today I have two of the faster Audis offered in this shade; about the same mileage, both 6-speed manuals, and both with the 4.2 V8, would you take the S5 Coupe or RS4 Cabriolet?

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 Audi S5 on Craigslist

2011 Audi S4

While we typically focus on older iron, there are some new cars that have come out which are prime enthusiast candidates now coming to the used market. One of the most impressive of these has to be the Audi B8 S4. While Audi fans mourned the loss of the great 4.2 V8 and RS4 models, the reality is that the B8 S4 was a return towards the origins of the model; forced induction, lighter weight, and a slightly more subdued exterior look. There were added benefits with the B8 chassis too; the most modern electronics and Audi’s increasing reliance on racing to sell the brand has resulted in vehicle dynamics that result in – out of the box – probably the best handling sedan Audi has ever offered here, with the possible exception of the RS4. While most of these electronic nannies are disliked by enthusiasts, the reality is that for 99% of drivers it will make them faster and safer. The major problem with the S4, in my mind, is that far too many of them are specified in black, silver or white; if you’re going to get one of these very special cars, why not get it in a very special color, like today’s rare Imola Yellow 2011:

Year: 2011
Model: S4
Engine: 3.0 liter supercharged V6
Transmission: 7-speed DSG automatic
Mileage: 15,766 mi
Price: $42,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2011 Audi S4 on eBay

2011 Audi S4 3.0L V6 Supercharged Quattro – S-Tronic – Prestige Package – Navigation – Heated Seats – Sports Rear Diff – Rare Options – LOADED!

Very Rare Special Order “Imola Yellow”
Local Scottsdale, AZ Car – Only 15,766 Original Miles – Clean Carfax and Autocheck History Reports

Audi Care Pre Paid Maintenance All Included – Under Full Factory Warranty to 9/12/2016 or 50k Miles

Here is an absolutely gorgeous 2011 Audi S4 that has been well cared for and ready for its new owner.