I got to laughing the other day during a National Lampoon marathon on television when the memorable “Family Truckster” came onto the screen. The inclusion of that heavily ornamented and modified car in the movie was truly a stroke of genius, but once again a sad reminder that many of the wagons that previously were available to us are gone, replaced by crossovers, “GT”s, or SUV/SAV vehicles. Of course, because of this you don’t have to go back very far in time to find great deals on the last generation of premium 5-doors. Today, with that in mind, I’ve rounded up a set of all-wheel drive sporty wagons to consider – which is the winner?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 Estate 4Matic on eBay
Model: E500 Estate 4Matic
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 136,000 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now
Just in on a new Mercedes Trade. Beautiful 2004 Mercedes-Benz E500 4-Matic Sport wagon. Runs and drives perfect. Clean Carfax. Non smoker car. Factory options include Navigation,Power moonroof,Heated seats,in-dash CD changer and a rare sport package. No dash lights. Everything works as it should. Good tires all around. Needs nothing. Here at Advantage Autosport we strive for customer satisfaction and this shows in our feedback. We are mainly a wholesale operation but do pick a few cars monthly to retail. We are here from 10-6 Monday thru Saturday. After hours and Sunday appointments available. We will be happy to do a complete walk around with you by phone of the vehicle you are interested in. All trade-ins always welcome. Only a 199.00 doc fee which includes a 30 day temp tag. NC residents pay sales tax and registration/title fees. Out of state buyer are responsible for taxes and fees in their state. Fly in to RDU Airport in Raleigh NC. We will pick you up and you can drive your new car home. Call 919 300 1315. Thanks for looking.
Embarassingly, last time I had a E500 in one of these roundups I mislabeled it as a 4Matic. Well, this time around it is indeed a 4Matic Estate. The color combination is classic German; a bit conservative and boring, perhaps, but it still looks good. This car is claimed to have the sport package and in Merc fashion is typically loaded; miles are higher but not outrageous and condition overall looks quite good. I’ve typically been a bit weary of the early 2000s Mercedes-Benz products because of their reputation for lack of quality; however, this W211 looks really compelling at below $9,000 – a 300 horsepower V8 coupled to practicality sure sounds great! Hey, gas is cheap these days, right?
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 VR6 4Motion Variant on eBay
Model: Passat 3.6 VR6 4Motion Variant
Engine: 3.6 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 80,000 mi
Price: $12,800 Buy It Now
2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon VR6 4Motion in outstanding condition. The car has a CARFAX clean title guarantee. 1 Owner Massachusets car. Fully serviced, well maintained vehicle with available records. Highly optioned vehicle with original MSRP of $39,979. Vehicle qualifies for low interest rate Credit Union Financing. Granite Green exterior in like new condition with no scratches or dents at all. Beige leather interior, supple, in excellent condition with no wear at all. Equipped with a 3.6L VR6 FSI 24V 6-Cylinder Engine, 6-speed Tiptronic R automatic transmission, 4MOTION permanent four-wheel drive system, which distributes the engine’s power to all four wheels as required. IPOD Adapter, Dual Zone CLIMATRONIC Air conditioning with climate control, Electric trunk/hatch pull down, Heated Front Seats, Ultrasonic Park Distance Control System, Memory driver Seat and Mirrors, Electronic Parking Brake, Sport 6-way pwr Driver and Passenger front bucket seats, Garage Door Opener, Headlight control with dusk sensor active, Luxury trim alloy on dashboard, 3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function steering wheel w/Tiptronic controls, height-adjustable telescopic steering column, Immobilizer III theft-deterrent system, Multi-function trip computer w/digital compass, temp display, Projector beam lens Bi-Xenon headlights, Front fog lights, Tire-pressure monitoring system, Pwr windows, Cruise control, DYNAUDIO AM/FM stereo w/6-disc in-dash CD changer-inc: MP3 playback, 10 speakers, auxiliary input jack, Sirius satellite radio, Manual side sunshades, Pwr tilt/slide sunroof, LED taillights, Cruise Control, Daytime running lights, Body-color heated pwr side mirrors w/integrated LED turn signals, Electronic stabilization program w/anti-slip regulation (ASR), brake assist, Electronic differential lock, 18″ alloy wheels, Windshield wipers with automatic intermittent wipe and rain sensor, Driver and Passenger front airbags with multi-stage deployment, Front side airbags, Front and rear roof airbag, 4-wheel anti-lock braking system (ABS), Mechanically perfect. Nationwide delivery can be arranged. For more pictures click here: 2008 Volkswagen Passat pictures
While typically I’m a fan of the B5/B.5 Passat, there’s no doubt that the B6 really offers much more performance and a bump in luxury for your money. In this case, the 3.6 VR6 Variant is good for 276 horsepower and picked up much of the internal styling cues from the the upscale Phaeton. I don’t think the B6 is the most attractive Passat ever but it does look purposeful and sporty. That sport is backed up by the chassis, which underneath is effectively a Golf R32. With big sticky rubber, brakes to match and plenty of grunt these Passats are certainly an entertaining driver with plenty of practicality. I had to stretch the budget a bit to include this one, so while I’m there….
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 BMW 530xi Touring on eBay
Model: 530xi Touring
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 99,760 mi
Price: $12,800 Buy It Now
Condition, Condition, Condition!!
Options, Options, Options!!
DEAL, DEAL, DEAL!!
This is not your average pre-owned BMW… This one is in excellent condition and loaded with options.
I purchased this BMW in 2009 for my wife who delivered my first-born that year. It had the BMW CPO warranty to 2012 or 100,000 miles. It also came with the BMW maintenance warranty and I had it serviced at Braman BMW for each of the scheduled maintenance intervals. In additional to the All-Wheel-Drive aspect (including rear air suspension), this one is loaded with options such as factory DVD Navigation system, Premium Package, Cold Weather Package, Nappa leather, Xenon Lights, Power Cargo Door, Sirius Satellite Radio, 18” Sport Wheels, and more. Note that most 530s were shipped from the factory with only the basic premium package and occasionally another option tossed in.
This 530 drives excellent. There are no unusual vibrations or noises. When I acquired this BMW in 2009. I chose it from over 30 other 5 series due to its outstanding condition report, its extensive option list, and maintenance status. The only noticeable flaws that I am aware of include 1) The spring lifts that keep the hood open for servicing do not have their original strength and 2) there is a small chip on the front of the hood that is approximately ¼ the size of my small fingernail. That is all!!!
Please scroll down to view the photos of this BMW to appreciate its condition.
This BMW comes with both remote keys, the DVD Navigation Disc, and a full set of books! (One of the remotes is like-new.) I even have the original cover for the cargo area.
The interior is very fresh with no strange odors or surprises.
Please see the photos of the maintenance status. This one is great…. The only items coming due are the cabin microfilter and the spark plugs. Since this is a non-smoking vehicle, I am not doing the microfilter (air filter). The oil change does not need to happen for another 10,000 miles, the brake fluid does not need flushing until May of 2016, the front brake pads are not due for another 35,000 miles and the rear brake pads are note due until another 45,000 miles! Note that I had the valve cover gasket replaced this year at Braman BMW along with the aluminum bolts. This need is common and any BMW with this engine will need to have it done. (If not caught in time, the bolts will shear off and oil seepage will happen.) This upgrade costs over $1,000 at the dealer… This one just had it done.
The Kelley Blue Book value, from December 29th, 2014, shows a range on this BMW of $13,419 on the low side to $16,342 on the high side. The “fair purchase price” shows $14,881. I have priced this one over $2,000 less than just the fair price alone to facilitate a quick and easy sale. I doubt their is a nicer or better maintained one in the US for anything close to this deal.
Please feel free to call me, Rob, on my cellular phone at 561-676-7250 to further discuss purchasing this gorgeous BMW or to schedule a time to see how nice it is.
My office is located at Blowing Rocks Marina in Jupiter, Florida. My primary business involves Yacht and Boat sales, however, it is also licensed for vehicle sales. This is an asset of my company and I have the title to this BMW in my possession.
Keep the saying in mind on this one: “The vehicle that you found today and will consider tomorrow is the same vehicle that the other guy found yesterday and is considering today”.
It didn’t seem fair to not include this 530xi Touring at the same pricepoint at the Volkswagen. For that money, you a few more miles than the Volkswagen but a badge with a bit more prestige. For some time, these E60 xi Tourings were my primary recommendation anytime someone was looking for an all-wheel drive wagon from this generation. A bit less complicated than the Audis of the same time, the inline-6 none-the-less produced nearly as much power as the Volkswagen at 268. Admittedly, the E60 is a bit heavier and ironically perhaps a bit less sporty than the pedestrian VW, and the last generation 5er certainly isn’t the prettiest ever made. But overall this car strikes a good balance of condition coupled with more reasonable repairs – at least, in theory.
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 on eBay
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 96,053 mi
Price: $7,999 Buy It Now
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THIS AUDI RUNS AND DRIVES AMAZING……
THE BLUE METALLIC PAINT SHINES BEAUTIFULLY AND THE BODY IS EXTREMELY CLEAN.
THE TWO TONE LEATHER INTERIOR IS ALSO IN EXCELLENT CONDITION.
THE OPTIONS ARE ENDLESS ON THIS AUDI;
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FRONT AND REAR HEATED SEATS
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Back to sub-$10,000, and while there are plenty of Audis to choose from in the market segment that they created, unfortunately none of the more recent models even come close to fitting the bill in terms of pricing. That leaves us with B6/B7 A4s and C5 A6s along with older models. To fit into this competition, I selected this 2005 Allroad 4.2 – power wise, it fits the others with 295 horsepower from the all-aluminum V8. But there’s no denying that by 2005, the C5 chassis was quite dated. The Allroad still looks purposeful and sporty when cleaned up, but quite obviously stands apart by looking at least one generation – if not more – older than the other three cars in this competition. It arguably also has the worst reputation, though the V8 models seem to have less engine woes than the V6 twin-turbo. Still, having had one in the family for several years, I wouldn’t get one again and still can’t recommend them as a particularly good option. They’re neat, but you’re going to pay for that car.
Which is the winner? I’m a VW guy at heart and I really like that 4Motion, but today I think I’d gamble on the E500. To me, even though I don’t think the W211 is the best looking here the combination of the powertrain, space, style, luxury and value that the E500 represents best embodies the point of these posts – it’s the most car you can get for under $10,000. Which would you choose?