There’s something about beige wagons that just screams KIDS AND DOGS. The E34 5-series tourings seem to scream it extra loud to me, perfecting the mix of country and classy, sedate and sporty, unsuspecting and utilitarian. The E34 was the last 5-series to really embrace the long, straight line aesthetic so easily accentuated by a longroof. In 1992 the 525i received the M50B25TU, getting single VANOS and putting out 21hp more than the earlier M20B25. It doesn’t make it a speed demon, but there’s no denying the versatility of the silky-smooth little inline-6. This autobox-equipped wagon has covered just 65k miles and the interior, exterior, and engine compartment look it. I dream of a OEM+, M5ish E34 wagon some day, but as a daily-driving family hauler this 525iT will impart subtle class to any road it graces.
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The GT badge was one which appeared on Volkswagens in the late 1980s and early 1990s for the slightly less hot version of the GTI. My father purchased a 1987 Golf GT new, a Tornado Red two-door hatch that had the trimmings of the GTI with the familiar 8 valve, four-cylinder engine. It wasn’t a particularly fast car and was not without its problems, but I always appreciated the clean design of the Mk2 Golf. The same goes for the Mk2 Polo GT. It’s not exactly an exciting or exotic vehicle, but a clean design. It’s a car that could have done well and still could do well in the US market, speaking to those buyers who turned to the original Beetle for basic transportation. This 1993 example represents the final year for the Mk2 Polo and is currently on offer in Switzerland.
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While the Audi S4 Avant is still going strong in Europe, this model has been persona non grata in the US market for eight years. It’s sad that Audi has abandoned the fast wagon formula in this country, a genre the company popularized with the 200 Turbo Quattro Avant around 25 years ago. It seems, however, that the bean counters are firmly in control and have decided to punish the enthusiasts in the US that kept this company going when sales were at their lowest. Remember that 60 Minutes episode, Audi? I don’t think you want to go back to those days anytime soon. Help keep your loyal base happy and give us the performance models we desire.
More than likely, Audi isn’t listening to my dialogue here, so if it’s a fast five-door you seek, dial back to 2004 with this well-kept S4 Avant equipped with that all important third pedal for the ultimate hooning experience.