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2008 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 4Motion Variant

On paper, the Passat W8 4Motion Variant like the one I wrote up early in August was the enthusiast with a family’s dream; an understated, all-wheel drive eight cylinder wagon with BBS wheels, smart styling and a not-outrageous asking price. I mean, it wasn’t cheap, but it wasn’t RS7 money. You could even get a manual. But it was complicated, and ultimately, it was still a $40,000 Passat. The W8, while silky smooth, also was a bit underwhelming in the power department. Out of 4 liters, despite all the engine trickery, it produced only 270 horsepower – only 20 more than its contemporary 2.7 V6 twin-turbo sibling S4/Allroad/A6s could. In many ways, while the model that replaced it seemed a bit more tame in the headline department, it’s actually the one to get:

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Year: 2008
Model: Passat 3.6 4Motion Variant
Engine: 3.6 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 142,962 mi
Price: $6,985 Buy It Now

2008 Volkswagen Passat Wagon VR6

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Now, to be fair, I don’t think the B6 is more attractive than the B5.5. It has some downright clumsy angles, but the wagon certainly looks better than the sedan. The real draw, though, was the package that was offered. Backing away from the Audi platform and returning to the the Golf, the engine choices changed to the VR6 variety again – generally speaking, a pretty good thing. Though not as technically awesome as the W8 promised to be, the 3.6 liter VR6 churned out 10 more rev-happy horsepower. The package didn’t stop there, either; also optional was a sport package that included more than just wheels as it had in the B5.5. You got sport seats and 1BE lowered suspension as well, transforming the Passat into much more of a BMW challenger. You also got the fantastic looking Interlagos alloys. Long term, the VR has proved to be a less problematic motor as well. Production numbers are scarce, but reports are that 3.6 4Motion wagon package sold around 4,000, with small percentages equipped as this one with the sport package. Miles are higher but condition looks reasonable, and importantly the B6 3.6 usually comes to the market at a lower price than the B5.5 W8. The W8 may have attempted to be a downscale Audi/Bentley, but the 3.6 is definitely an upscale and more usable R32.



  1. Early8q
    Early8q September 3, 2016

    It’s a shame, to me, that there is no equivalent to this car today. And I am not even whining about the automatic transmission. A long roof for me please. And let me choose to shift it, how many wheels I want driven, and what fuel to feed it.

  2. Skylyr C
    Skylyr C September 6, 2016

    I owned one of these. It was a really great vehicle, very comfortable, even fast I timed the 0-60 at somewhere between 6-6.4. The electronic systems made a little nervous but with the Dynaudio, all the compartments (including Bentley style umbrella hole in the door) and the interior lighting, it was a very easy place to be. Too bad there was never a 3.6 manual. I also was lucky enough to see a R36 variant in Spain this summer.

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