2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Variant

I sold my 2002 Passat – the first of the B5.5s imported into this country – almost a year ago with the best part of 175,000 miles, and it had to undergo some resulting maintenance. Some was general maintenance; OEM coil packs, spark plugs, and filters throughout, but the person who bought the car also sunk some money into doing the clutch and timing belt before purchase.

In retrospect, he could have bought a whole other Passat for the amount just sunk into this one.

But in part it’s a testament to how great the B5.5 is. It’s comfortable, capable, fun to drive, and it was completely reliable the entire time I owned it. Part of that comes down to my particular example’s history – I had every receipt going back to day one and I bought it from an enthusiast who only had the dealership maintain it. But part of it also must be attributed to the stoutly built Passat itself.

It’s not unusual to see them kicking around with the best part of 300,000 miles these days. While nostalgic brand ambassadors insist it was the cars of yore that would run forever, the B5 seems on par with the best longevity of earlier Audi-chassis products like the B2. The other reality is that my Passat – built in 2001, so now 21 years old – still looks reasonably new. Though it’s not without idiosyncrasies it’s a pretty amazing car as “cheap” cars go.

Despite that, there was no denying that mileage is mileage, and today’s B5.5 has shockingly little.

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2013 Volkswagen Golf R

Following on the heels of the R32 from yesterday, one other issue I personally have with paying big money for a Mk.4 Golf is that you can get a newer, faster, and more practical model for around the same money – or much less. Take, for example, this 2013 Golf R.

In 2012 Volkswagen brought the U.S. the spiritual successor to the Golf Limited – the Mk. 6 Golf R. Gone was the VR6, replaced by the more potent and tunable 2.0T that could now be specified with a manual and all-wheel drive, and importantly in 4-door guise. Did I buy one? Nope, because this German wonder rang in at a shocking $36,000 with options. For a Golf, mind you. But once they started hitting the used market, to me they became more appealing. Unlike the R32, they dropped in price. And they still came in great colors, like today’s Rising Blue Metallic.

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2004 Volkswagen R32

The Mk.4 GTI lineup got progressively better from its introduction through the early 2000s and culminated with the U.S. finally getting the Super Golf. All-wheel drive was nothing new to the hatchbacks, as they’d had it in the normal run starting in 1986 and it was offered pretty much straight until today. But for U.S. customers, models like the Golf Rallye, Golf Limited, and VR6 Syncro models were forbidden fruit until the fourth generation of Golfs.

In late 2003, the model with so much promise was finally added to the U.S. lineup. The underpinnings were shared with the Audi TT, which meant a transverse engine utilizing a Haldex hydraulic controller to drive the rear wheels. Power came from a double-overhead cam 24 valve narrow-angle VR6. Displacing 3189 cubic centimeters, it generated 237 horsepower and 236 lb.ft of torque and for the first generation it was mated solely to a 6-speed manual transaxle. Outwardly there were a few clues that it was more potent than the contemporary 20th Anniversary GTI; revised front and rear bumper covers with dual exhaust and gaping intakes. The wheels were the same 18″ OZ-made Aristo wheels from the 20th, but the calipers were painted blue and matched with rotors a full 1.3 inches larger than the GTI. As with the signature model for performance in the hot hatch category, the R32 received larger anti-roll bars and 1BE sport suspension, good for a 1″ drop. Tires were meaty 225-40-18 ZR-rated rubber. All of these things helped to keep the weight of the R32 in check, and there was plenty of that to manage. The addition of heavier-duty running gear, two more cylinders and all-wheel drive meant that the R weighed in a full 3,350 lbs – about two full-sized adults north of a GTI. It was more powerful, but it wasn’t really much quicker in a straight line. Of course, it had great torque and even greater noise, along with the mystique of being the head honcho around the VW scene. Consequently, the R32 has maintained near-cult status since new and examples still demand a serious premium over the rest of their contemporaries from Volkswagen:

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1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

I recently looked at a string of Corrados – from a crazy supercharged SLC to a G60 model, with a bit of European 16V thrown in for good measure.

But your best bet if you really want one of these in terms of driving experience and collectibility is probably a mostly stock VR6. If you’re willing to accept one with more miles, they really don’t need to break the bank, either. Let’s check out this 1992 model. ’92 was an interesting year for the Corrado in the US, as it was the last of the G60 and introduced the VR6. Both had BBS wheels, but the G60’s had a nice stepped lip, while the SLCs were more flush. Since they had different bolt patterns, they’re not interchangeable, but I’ve always thought the G60’s wheels looked a bit better than the ones we see here.

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1993 Volkswagen Cabriolet Classic

Following the launch of the revised “Clipper” bodywork on the Cabriolet in 1988, Volkswagen divided the model into three different tiers. The base spec was just “Cabriolet”; move up a notch and you got you alloy wheels and sportier front seats with the “Best Seller” model. The top of the range was the “Boutique” model; these incorporated many of the details of the Wolfsburg models that came before. You got 14″ Avus (Snowflake) alloys, which if you ordered white as a body color were keyed to match and leather upholstery.

This changed late in the run, as Volkswagen boiled the Cabriolet lineup down to two models; the Cabriolet and the Cabriolet Classic. In their final model year, both were also badged as “Collector’s Edition”, which can get confusing. The difference between the two models was that the Classic was slightly higher specification; you got air conditioning, heated front seats, forged “La Castellet” wheels, and leather upholstery – though you could opt in the air conditioning on the base Cabriolet. Today’s car appears to be a nice Classic model that’s undergone a full interior placement:

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Supercharged 1992 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

Nope, we’re not done with the Corrado parade yet! Today’s car combines the sonorous VR6 with a great color, a fantastic collection of special parts, and – for good measure – a Z-Engineering supercharger. Additional goodies include a Schrick intake manifold and camshafts, KW Coilover Variant 3 coilover suspension, AutoTech Sport Tuning braces and brake components, 16″ Speedline wheels, a Euro-style front lip spoiler, E-code headlights, and a Techtonics Tuning exhaust system. It’s just about as close as you can come to a greatest hits album for Corrados, and it has under 40,000 miles. You can probably guess where this is going in terms of price, but let’s take a closer look:

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1988 Volkswagen Scirocco 16V

This neat Scirocco is listed as selling on 2/20/22 for $17,700.

After a string of Corrados and one very cool early Scirocco, it’s nice to see a great example of the second-generation VW water-cooled coupe. There isn’t a ton of time left on this auction, and it looks like it’s going to sell – which, given the appearance of it, is no surprise. This white ’88 model is lowered and looks menacing with high-polished BBS RC wheels and Euro-spec goodies. Despite higher mileage, this one looks great – and bids have reacted:

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1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC

The big problem with pay mid-teens for either the neat European Corrado 16V or the Nugget Yellow G60 I just looked at is, of course, that you’re into SLC territory. Mind, you, perhaps not the nicest SLC out there – but they’re within reach. Today’s example falls into exactly that category, as it’s priced right under the asks on the last two Corrados. Is it the one to get?

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1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60

Crazy about Corrados? I’ve got you covered! Hot off the heels of yesterday’s Euro 16V Corrado comes the obvious counterpoint; the US-market G60. After all, why pay more for a less powerful model when the supercharged variant was available here? Well, as I mentioned in that listing, there are several details that are neat to see and desirable about the models that weren’t available here. Still, this particular Nugget Yellow G60 looks pretty awesome, has much better non-original wheels, and is off-the-bat cheaper. So let’s take a look!

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1993 Volkswagen Corrado 16V

Back in 2020, I took a look at a European-market Corrado G60. While it was pretty similar to the North American-specification drivetrain, there were subtle differences that set it apart from the US versions:

Euro-Spec 24k-Mile 1990 Volkswagen Corrado G60

Today we’re looking at a Corrado that also hails from Europe, but this one is quite different. Pop the hood and you’ll find not a supercharged G60 or a 2.8-liter VR6, but in fact the 9A 2.0-liter 16V we saw in the GTI, GLI, and Passat. Let’s take a look!

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