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. Instead, they did things differently. That’s both something to celebrate and something to point out as an inherent character flaw:

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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?

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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

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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. This Audi features a highly sought after special order color combination of Imola Yellow with Black leather interior. This Audi is loaded up with a ton of highly desirable options like prestige package, technology package, navigation, bang and olufsen sound, back up camera, sports rear differential package, leather/suede, 7speed Tiptronic transmission, heated seats, iPod connect, parking sensors, all time four wheel drive, keyless start, 19inch wheels, lowered suspension, STaSIS engineering exhaust system and much more. This car had an original window sticker of $57,705.00! Here is your chance to own a very rare and highly optioned S4 at a fraction of its original price. CALL NOW TO OWN THIS ULTRA RARE AUDI S4 DO NOT MISS OUT! Call Joey Cascio at 480-205-5880.
Beautiful “Imola Yellow” over Black Leather Color Combination!

CarFax & Auto Check Certified Clean Car NO ACCIDENTS

The option list is as follows:

– 3.0L V6 Supercharged 333hp
– Automatic Tiptronic Transmission S-Tronic 7-Speed
– Quattro All Wheel Drive
– Prestige Package ($6,300 factory option)
– 19inch Alloy Wheels (tires brand new)
– Bang & Olufsen Sound
– Audi Navigation
– Bluetooth – iPod Connect
– Back up Camera
– Parking Sensors
– Sports Rear Differential Package ($1,100 factory option)
– Stainless Steel Interior Inlays ($750 factory option)
– STaSIS Engineering Custom Exhaust System
– Heated Seats
– Advanced Keyless Start/Entry
– LED Xenon HID Headlamps
– Dual Power Seats
– Air Conditioning
– Power windows
– Power mirrors
– Power Locks
– Etc….
$57,705.00 Original MSRP

The car is finished in beautiful and very rare “Imola Yellow” paint that is 100% original and looks amazing. The body is totally dent, scratch, and accident free. Overall exterior paint is in excellent condition and shows very well. This wonderful machine has always been garage kept and pampered since day one. Windshield is perfect, tires and wheels are in excellent condition. Tires are brand new all around. Full 3M clear bra on front of the car. CLEAN CARFAX AND AUTOCHECK NO ACCIDENTS!

The beautiful black suede/leather interior looks showroom new. The seats have virtually no wear on them. Absolutely everything works on the car. You will not find a nicer car! This thing is MINT. This car also features the navigation, premium sound system heated seats and many other exclusive options. Non smoker. 2-keys, books, and original window sticker.

Mechanically, this Audi S4 is in perfect condition and runs and drives great. It a has very healthy six cylinder 3.0L engine supercharged that rockets drive. Custom exhaust system sounds amazing! One ride in this S4 and you will be SOLD! Audi Care Pre Paid Maintenance All Included – Under Full Factory Warranty to 9/12/2016 or 50k Miles

This has to be one of the cleanest, and well optioned 2011 Audi S4’s out there right now and would satisfy any buyer. The car is ready to go and doesn’t need a thing! DO NOT MISS OUT!

If you have any additional questions please call Joey Cascio at 480-205-5880. The car is located in beautiful sunny Scottsdale, AZ. Please email or call with any questions and I welcome international bidders WE EXPORT! I can also help with shipping quotes and arrangements. We ship cars all over the world! We have lenders we work with that can get you financed, please call or email if you are interested.

What you’re getting here is effectively a brand new Audi with an exhaust upgrade and a $10,000 discount. For enthusiasts, this car was specified with the sports rear differential, and that Stasis exhaust will certainly make your car stand out a bit more if the retina-burning color wasn’t enough. If you assume these cars aren’t good turners, you haven’t been in a recent Audi. They are impressive and easily on par with BMW in terms of driving dynamics, period. If you’re a fan of Chris Harris, then you have probably seen what this car is capable of, too – with a simple computer flash, the B8 S4 is able to keep up with a RS4 all the way to top speed. Impressive? It sure is, and at $43,000 it seems pretty appropriately priced for level of performance and luxury this car is able to deliver.

-Carter