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1986 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Wagon – REVISIT

The impossibly clean ’86 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 Wagon we featured last month is back up on offer, this time with a Buy It Now price of $4,450. Let’s face it, for not much scratch, this would look a lot better than that anonymous SUV in your driveway, wouldn’t it?

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The below post originally appeared on our site September 16, 2015:

Until the B5 Passat, Volkswagen always struggled to crack the mid-sized market in the US. The Passat debuted in the early 1970s, known first as the Dasher (B1) and later Quantum (B2). While the GTI was tearing up the sales charts, the Quantum went relatively unnoticed in showrooms. I remember visiting Volkswagen showrooms in the 1980s when my father drove an ’87 Golf GT and wondered who exactly was buying the Quantum. The obvious mid-sized choice at the time was the Honda Accord, which is what my mother was driving. The Quantum, however, represented a bit of an Audi at a discount and towards the end of the production run, the Quantum Syncro Wagon brought four-wheel drive capability to the equation. This 1986 Quantum GL5 Wagon is only two-wheel drive but it’s rare to see one on the street these days, let alone in such good condition.


Year: 1986
Model: Quantum GL5
Engine: 2.2 liter inline-5
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 119,325 mi
Price: $4,450 Buy It Now


A Beautiful and Very hard to find 1986 Volkswagen Quantum Sport Wagon that has had only 2 same family owners. This Quantum remained a California car until 2010 until sold to family member in Arkansas. It has only 119,325 Actual miles and looks and runs Great. It has never been involved in any accidents and comes with a perfectly clean Carfax report which is available upon request.

This Sport wagon runs as good as it looks. The original 2.2 Liter 5 Cylinder engines runs super smooth and accelerates quickly. A very fun and sporty wagon to drive. The 3-speed automatic transmission shifts flawlessly as well. It drives down the road smooth and tight with no rattles or vibrations. Recent services include a new timing belt, battery, A/C compressor and drier, CV joints, wheel bearings, ball joints, lower control arm bushings, camshaft and crankshaft seals, valve cover gasket, oil service, steering tie-rod links, tie rods, front struts, sway bar links, driver’s side window regulator and outer sunroof seal. There are no fluid leaks or burning of oil. All instrument gauges are working properly including the digital clock. An aftermarket Kenwood CD player and new speakers were added and sound great. The only thing needed is the climate control box needs fixed or replaced.

Is it just me or does this wagon not have style and stance? The body panels are straight and 100% rust free. The factory Calahari Beige Metallic paint with painted pinstripes is mostly original and has a very nice shine. The paint is light (thin) in areas and shows some clear coat peeling on the trunk hatch. There are also other imperfections such as stone chips, light scratches and a few dings but nothing major. Really nice condition for 30 year old paint. True BBS wheels with BF Goodrich tires were added which enhance the Euro Sport Wagon look.

The interior is 100% original and in Excellent condition showing very minimal wear if any on the Velour seats, carpets, door panels, headliner and dash which is free from cracks. Custom ordered Coco mats were installed for the classic finishing Euro touch.

Included with the sale are the original owners manuals, shop manual, original VW Quantum sales brochure, 4 keys and a few extra service parts.

Everywhere I go in this wagon I always hear the same thing.. “I haven’t seen one of those in forever!”

Please call me with any questions you may have or for more photos of this rare and driver ready 1986 Volkswagen Quantum wagon.

Scott ~ 305-804-9550


Earlier this year, we saw both a Quantum GL5 sedan and Syncro Wagon sell for around the $3,000 mark. This auction is a reserve, but is starting at a reasonable $2,000, so I’m sure there will be some interested parties. Given what we’ve seen with Quantum values lately, $4,000 is probably about all she wrote with this particular car. The automatic gearbox could be a bonus or detriment depending on the buyer, but regardless of transmission, I’d rather take this forgotten Volkswagen on the grocery run versus any number of bland, compact sport utility vehicles jamming up the car parks these days.