Continuing on the diesel theme from yesterday, let’s take a look at another no spark Volkswagen. Again we have one that flies below the radar but is worth a lot more than you’d expect. The pre-scandal TDis have a serious niche following. While not quite as set-it-and-forget-it as the 1Z, the derivatives – first the AHU, then the later ATD/AXR and other models similar to today’s example, were nonetheless high-mileage warriors. Rated at 100 horsepower and 177 lb. ft of torque, performance wasn’t outstanding – 0-60 took a few ticks over 11 seconds, it’d take a half minute to hit 100 and top speed was limited to 115 mph. But then you weren’t really buying this car for it’s straight line acceleration. What you were buying it for was notable longevity and, of course, fuel mileage. At a time when the standard 2.0 inline-4 struggled to return about 30 mpg at best and the 1.8T was no better, the premium for the TDi gave you 33 mpg city and over 40 on the highway. You could stretch it even farther on a tank if you were careful. Impressive? Well, for the time, it was one of the very few diesel motors you could buy in the U.S. and set the stage for the popularity of the Mk.5 models.
As we saw with the Jetta Wagon, the ‘GLS’ trim moved upscale and included nicer wheels and interior bits. But just like that Jetta, the combination of a 4-door Golf, GLS trim, the turbo diesel motor and a 5-speed manual are quite hard to come by:
CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Golf GLS TDi on eBay
Model: GLS TDi
Engine: 1.9 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 172,630 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction
2004 VW Golf GLS TDI TURBO DIESEL 5SPD MANUAL SMOKE FREE CLEAN JETTA PASSAT. THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. THIS CAR IS OVERALL IN GOOD CONDITION INSIDE AND OUT. THE EXTERIOR SHOWS NO MAJOR DENTS, DINGS OR SCRATCHES.
With a lot more miles than the Jetta, condition on this Golf is clearly not as good as depicted on the Jetta. The color combination is also more conservative. Though not listed, I believe the color is Blue Anthracite Pearl. It’s pretty if understated. The wheels are the 15″ x 6″ ‘Jarama’ wheels which are again conservative but good looking, and the GLS package got the sunroof as well. The overall presentation isn’t outstanding, but in typical TDi form this car appears better than an average 170,000 mile Golf. Very little information is provided, but the real value is a clean starting place – most TDi enthusiasts aren’t necessarily looking for a turn-key example, but rather one that isn’t a wreck. Job done here.
As a result, while the Jetta 1.8T wagon – by far a superior performing car and in better shape than this example – traded at below $1,800, with a little over a day remaining on this no reserve auction the bids are already double at $3,600. It wouldn’t surprise me to see another $1,000 added to that amount or even more if the right people are in the room. While that seems like strong money for a “regular” Golf, this particular package has a devoted following and finding a clean GLS 5-speed like this one in a no reserve format is very unusual.