Wednesday Wheels GCFSB Project: 2002 Volkswagen Passat GLS 1.8T Variant Part 1

While we all want to have a classic, sporty German car in our lives, the reality of daily driver duty often falls onto less exotic cars. Several years ago I purchased a 1999 Volkswagen Passat 1.8T GLS to do just that; it replaced a 97 Golf as my daily driver, and I enjoyed over 100,000 miles behind the wheel. Unlike the reputation these cars have gained, I found my Passat to be very reliable – it never once left me stranded or failed to start, it could get 36 mpg if I didn’t get too deep into the throttle, and it was comfortable, quick and fun to drive. After a year of company car duty, the time had come for me to purchase another daily driver, and my immediate thought was that I wanted another Passat.

The search began, and it wasn’t very easy. There are two classes of Passats; devoted owners that keep their cars in great condition, and wrecks that will bankrupt you trying just to pass emissions. But in general the wagon versions were better kept than the sedans; likely a testament to their high sticker prices. It’s hard to fathom, but in 2002 my current car’s sticker price was over $26,000 – more than a brand new Passat will set you back today. As such, the Variants seem to be better kept than the sedans in general, and that was certainly the case when I finally found the car to buy. Priced higher in the market, it was a one-owner 100,000 mile Ink Blue model with grey leather. A GLS spec, it came with many nicer features and alloys, but wasn’t the wood-lined V6 luxury model. The single owner had been meticulous and had every record from new. It was the first time I had ever bought a car like this, and it was clearly worth the premium.

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1999 Audi A4 Avant 1.8T Quattro

The progression of vehicles in my garage may have been solidly German, but I’ve never been beholden to one marque. I went through my BMW phase, Volkswagen phase, Mercedes-Benz phase and now back to a BMW of sorts, with the MINI Cooper S. But other than the elusive Porsche, the one brand that has escaped me has been Audi. However, this could change sooner than later. The styling of both BMW and Mercedes-Benz doesn’t really appeal to me as of late, but for the last decade, Audis have steadily grabbed my attention each time a new model appears. In the future, I hope the company decides to bring back a standard Avant to these shores, sans Allroad trim, such as this 1999 A4 Avant 1.8T Quattro. The B5 A4 Avant styling for me was an exercise in tasteful restraint. Equipped with the 5-speed manual gearbox and Quattro, it would be fairly easy to forget you are driving a family oriented vehicle.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1999 Audi A4 Avant 1.8T on Hemmings Motor News

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 337

Last week, I popped a quick ad up on our for a stock Mk. IV GTi 337 Edition. Not only are GTis in just about any form rare to find stock once the warranty in over, but in the case of the 337 and 20th Anniversary Edition GTis, it is nearly impossible to find one that hasn’t been modified to death. Lucky for us, we can take a closer look at this 337 because it failed to sell and was relisted this week. The 337 was an attempt by Volkswagen to bring the GTi back towards its roots; the VR6s made a great noise and were more refined highway cruisers, but the basis of the GTi was back in those peaky 4 cylinders that combined economy, light weight and performance into defining the hot hatch category. In that light, Volkswagen equipped the 337 – called the 25th Anniversary edition in Europe – with the 1.8T motor now churning out 180 hp coupled to a 6-speed manual gearbox. To keep weight down but looks up, the 337 received specially painted BBS RC wheels with a revised sport suspension and larger brakes. Additionally, the 337 came with a unique body kit and some awesome Recaro seats that again evoked memories of the 16V GTis and you could get it in any color you wanted – as long as it was Reflex Silver:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 on eBay

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2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLi

Like the GTi 20th Anniversary Edition I wrote up earlier this week, the Jetta GLi received a host of upgrades towards the end of the Mk. 4 chassis, including lower and stiffer suspension, a body kit similar to the GTi, the same Recaro seats – but the trump card of the GLi was that it received the same wheels as the 337 Edition GTi – 18″ BBS RC wheels. They made the package look both more upscale and racier at the same time. While the design didn’t look at clean as the GTi does in my mind, as a package they’re pretty neat little cars that are quite sporty and can be had on a budget. While it’s usually difficult to find one in reasonable shape, today’s is quite pristine with lower miles in the splendid Jazz Blue:

Year: 2005
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 55,623 mi
Price: $9,900 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLi on eBay

Here’s a 2005 Volkswagen Jetta GLI with only 55,000 Original Miles. This Jetta was just traded in at the local Carmax and we have driven it 50 miles on the highway and it performed like a champ! Options on this Jetta include: power windows, locks and mirrors; Recaro raving seats in great condition, 4 Wheel Disk Brakes, BBS Wheels in great condition, Monsoon premium sound system, Sirius satellite radio ready (just need subscription), cruise control, sunroof, 1.8L Turbo 4 Cylinder engine that runs strong with automatic transmission that shifts smooth and much more. This thing is super clean and you can see it has been well cared for in the 100 pictures below. As far as how the vehicle runs and drives, it’s 100%. The transmission shifts smooth, the motor runs strong with no service lights on, and the A/C and heat work perfect. All services are also up to date, so all you have to do is get in, turn the key and drive. We have went through the vehicle and made sure all fluids are topped off and ready to drive. This makes the perfect vehicle for a son or daughter, or a car for a family, these Jetta’s are very reliable and very safe and they get great fuel economy without sacraficing power. I can tell you that I would be proud to give my child this car as a gift, and under $10,000 it makes a great candidtate. If you have any questions or would like to make us a reasonable offer, please give us a call at the phone number below. If you need assistance with shipping quotes or how the fees and taxes work (please check below pictures), or just plain want to know if we are real and have questions about buying vehicles online, please give us a call. Thanks for your interest in our vehicle and have a wonderful day!

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It’s become so rare to see these cars in their original specification, it’s very nice to see one again! Because these cars are a pretty solid platform that looks smart and has a quite tunable engine, most have ended up very modded, driven hard and put away wet. Most have lost their BBS wheels, and few that I’ve seen for sale have retained their original low-slung spoilers in undamaged condition. I only see two downsides; the tires are budget replacements that aren’t in great shape, and it’s an automatic. Unfortunately some of the sporty feel is lost with the auto, but if you’re looking for a sharp looking and affordable commuter perhaps that doesn’t matter. Price is pretty much on par with what I’d expect for one of these in this condition, so the question is do you like the color and can you live with the auto?

-Carter

Tale of two Audis: 2000 A4 1.8T Quattro Avant and and 2000 A6 2.7T 6 Speed

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We feature a fair amount of “S” versions of Audis, but there are some great options if you’re not looking for the flash or repair bills of the bigger brother models. In some cases, I really think these models will be collectable or at very least sought after in the future. They’re also a stark reminder of what we’ve lost in the past decade, because in their own way each of these cars has been discontinued in the United States by Audi. Today we’ll look at the last of the manual A6s, a C5 2.7T A6 Quattro 6 speed and a reminder to when Audi imported small wagons with a B5 1.8T Quattro Avant 5 speed. They’re also stellar deals below $6,000. Let’s start with the 6 speed sedan:

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Year: 2000
Model: A6 2.7T Quattro
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 128,500 mi
Price: $ 4,994 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A6 2.7T Quattro 6 speed on eBay

2000 AUDI A6 QUATTRO! 2.7T, AWD, 6 SPEED, MANUAL, SPORT, MUST SEE!

This car strikes me as a great deal and fairly undervalued. At $5,000, this is a lot of car, effectively a S4 in a more dignified suit. The 6 speed manual A6s are a joy to drive and really the last of the breed, as the manual option was completely discontinued in the U.S. after this model. With nearly 130,000 miles I’d expect some repairs in the future, but even given a healthy repair budget this car still is a lot of value for the money. $5,000 would get you into an S4, but that car would likely have close to 200,000 or more miles and throws a very different vibe than the A6. As I said in previous posts, this car is really the spiritual successor to the much-loved C4 S4/S6 and deserves more respect than the market gives it. Looking for something a little smaller and more versatile? How about a B5 A4 wagon?

The B5 saw the introduction to U.S. shores of the small Audi wagon; a decade on, Audi has decided that all roads lead to Allroads and has removed this option from our pallet. That’s a shame, because for a while the A4 really cornered the small sporty wagon category. Equipped with the V6 these were sedate and luxury-oriented tourers, but with the 1.8T and manual, the A4 felt small and drove more like a GTi. If anything, the weight of the Avant over the rear wheels really helps out balancing some of the understeer inherently dialed into the Audi platform:

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Year: 2000
Model: A4 Quattro Avant
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 129,700 mi
Price: $ 5,499 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi A4 1.8T Quattro Avant on eBay

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2000 Audi A4 5dr Wgn 1.8T Avant Man Quattro AWD Wagon
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2000 AUDI A4 1.8T AVANT TURBO WAGON QUATTRO B5 5SPEED NAVIGATION KW COILOVER APR

With some modifications to this already-Sport package equipped wagon, this is a desirable package. The APR goodies will up the power and make this car more fun, the KW coilovers are great in the twisties, and while black isn’t the option that I’d choose this car certainly looks great. I love the Speedline-option wheels for the sport package; as one of our readers noted they suit the design very well and look great while not standing out too much. Unfortunately this dealer hasn’t provided many photos of this car, but it’s priced below most of the market for similar mile A4 Avants, and like the A6 even factoring in some maintenance this appears to be a solid package for a daily driver with some spirit.

Honestly, I’d have a hard time choosing between these two; I love the A6’s combination of speed and style but the C5 chassis is not my favorite looker. On the other hand, I think the B5 A4 was better looking than the B6 that replaced it, but I’d really like to see more photos of this Avant before putting a bid on it. At these prices, though, either one seems like a good package and lots of fun. Which would you choose?

-Carter

Two turbos and eight doors: 2004 VW GLi v. 2006 VW GLi

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Like all Volkswagen models, Jettas seem to draw a very different crowd than the quite similar Golf, and generally that crowd (among enthusiasts anyways) has a bit of a reputation for being….different. Personally, my favorite GLis are the 2.0 16Vs with big bumpers, but Volkswagen has listened to what you wanted over the years, and with age has come more options, bigger bodies and more power. Still it seems that the Jetta falls squarely in the shadow of it’s badonkadonakless brother, the GTi. That belies what a good car the Jetta has become since the original A1; it’s remained the sophisticated and sporty option amongst small sedans while others have come and gone. Today I want to look at two GLi options that are very popular amongst the tuner crowds. Let’s start with a Mk. 4 2004 GLi:

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Year: 2004
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 103,000 mi
Price: $6,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Jetta GLi on eBay

2004 VW Jetta GLI, has 103k miles, 6sp. I drive the car daily so miles will go up slighty not much. Once car is sold I will stop driving it. I have a clean title in hand. There is a $250 NON-refundable deposit once offer is accepted. You have 48 hours to leave a deposit once offer is accepted. The rest of payment is in CASH when buyer picks the car up. You will have 7 days to pickup the car.

Runs and drives good everything works. No leaks of any kind. ABS light and ESP light is on. Trying to fix both light issues once I do I will update listing. There are a few spots were the headliner is sagging a little. Like new tires (tires installed Oct 2012), timing belt and water pump (installed last year), throw out bearing with slave cylinder installed last week. New front and rear rotors and brakes pads. Body is in good condition but does have a few marks and blemishes (I have pics of the areas).

Sold as is no warranty or returns. Please ask all questions before making an offer or buying. If you would like to take it for a test drive please email me. If you would like more pictures please email me an email address and ill send them.

I have to admit, I think the 20th Anniversary Edition GTis look a little more tasteful than the GLis with the body kits, but I’ve always loved the 18″ BBS RC option on these cars – they look fantastic. This car offers a pretty tidy package with plenty of speed out of the box, but the new owner can go nuts and modify it to pretty unbelievable levels if desired. I wouldn’t push it too much; the front driver VWs with transverse engines tend to be torque steerers that eat transmissions, suspension components and driveshafts as the power rises, but you could easily push this to 250 horsepower if desired and have a blast. If the Mk.4 is a little too fussy and unreliable for you, perhaps you’d like a little more refinement offered in the Mk.5 chassis, like this 2006:

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Year: 2006
Model: Jetta GLi
Engine: 2.0 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 90,645 mi
Price: $8,950 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2006 Volkswagen Jetta GLi on eBay

2006 V.W. Jetta GLI Turbo
“Only 90K”
Rare 6-Speed
Loaded Leather-Sunroof

This is a fantastic opportunty to own a well cared for 2006 V.W. Jetta GLI. The GLI is the top of the Line in the Jetta Series. This Jetta is incredibly clean, with Very Low Mileage. Every where you look this truck is near perfect. It appears to have always been very well maintained and cared for. This car is in very good condition. It appears to have been garaged it whole life.

The Exterior: is in very nice condition. The paint has great shine and depth with very very minor scratches or rock chips, visible only under close inspection.

This car is loaded Heated Leather Seats, Sunroof, Dual Climate Control,
17″ Factory Alloy Wheels,
Steering Wheel Controls, Xenon Headlights,
Side Airbags
This car is fun to drive and gets great gas mileage.
Car comes with clean Autocheck (No Accidents)
It also has the Factory Upgraded Alloy Wheels with Good Tires.

The Interior: is also in very very nice condition with very little wear,(really no wear) near perfect. It comes loaded with Heater Leather Power Seats, Power Sunroof, Upgraded Sound System.(the radio does show some wear on the preset buttons I have seen it on most of this model), The Seat show nearly no wear, and the foam is not broken down, even where you get in and out it is like new.

This Jetta runs and drives fantastic. It has great power and drives tight, and brakes straight and smooth. A real pleasure to drive. The pictures do not do this Jetta GLI justice, it is much better in person. This is Sporty well cared for V.W. Jetta GLI that is in beautiful condition and are very hard to find like this. That makes this a “DON’T MISS OPPORTUNITY!!

LET THE PICTURES DO THE TALKING

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Change to the fifth generation Jetta resulted in a massive increase in quality, refinement, and sophistication for the Jetta, much as the jump from third to fourth had. The 2.0 turbo motor gained power, smoothness and torque over the earlier 1.8Ts behaving a little less like an on/off switch. Early units were noted for oil consumption, but the overall package is pretty slick. Looking at this car in comparison to the A2 Jetta, it’s hard to believe they’re priced pretty similarly. VW did ride quality a favor by swapping down to 17″ “Classics” wheels that are more pothole friendly though don’t look as spectacular; swapping them out for a set of OEM 18″ wheels is easily enough done, like the R32 spec Omanyt alloys that are a favorite of mine, on Ebay now:

Choosing between these two for me is difficult; I prefer the look of the earlier car slightly to the less fussy and rounder design of the Mk. 5, but at the same time it’s hard to argue with the refinement and general improvements in the later model. Mk. 4s can be pretty tough to live with by some reports, and I have not heard the same problem of the Mk. 5 to this point, though being a VW product, I’d expect the unexpected and presume that an engine light will be on in the not-too-distant future. Turbocharged fun, sporty handling, practicality, decent fuel economy, and low entry price make these great options for the daily grind.

Which one would you have?

-Carter

2001 Audi TT Convertible

In my opinion, the Audi TT is a misunderstood car. Many people pass over considering it as an option because it’s just not sporty enough. Well, the truth of the matter is that the TT just isn’t a sports car. If you can get that out of your mind, though, there are a lot of things to appreciate about the TT. It was uniquely styled, perhaps not to the liking of everyone, but it certainly does get attention. Aside from looking the part, the TT offered a reasonable practicality. It’s all about perception – if you think of this car as a turbocharged, all wheel drive convertible Golf in a great looking body, it makes a bit more sense. The recipe for what would become the TT was what most of the Volkswagen and Audi crowd would have wanted in a new car for a long time; but when they launched, the reception was lukewarm from most enthusiasts. That’s resulted in lower values than some of the other German convertibles, but opens some opportunity to get into a fun, good looking, quick and practical convertible, such as this TT for sale on eBay now:

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Year: 2001
Model: TT
Engine: 1.8 liter 20V turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 69,000 miles
Price: $11,000 Buy it Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2001 Audi TT Convertible on eBay

2001 Audi TT Quattro Roadster 2D Convertible 1.8 Turbo All-Wheel drive. 4-Cyl, manual 6-speed transmission, 225hp leather racing steering wheel, gray with baseball stitch leather seats, black power automatic folding top, 6 disc CD player, Heated seats, alarm system, airbags Low mileage at 69,000 miles, new tires and breaks, 20-26 mpg

This car is so FUN. This TT has baseball leather stitching and is fully loaded! It has a new clutch and has been well maintained. It zips through LA traffic and purrs up PCH. All the functions on the car work perfectly. The convertible top is in great condition. There is a small tare in the leather but that is it. Good brakes and good tires.

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Let’s be frank – when you put the top down on a car, your hair blows around regardless of whether you spend $100,000 or $10,000. No one will ever accuse the Audi TT of being the best at anything, but it’s very good at quite a few things. It can be used as a commuter, gets reasonable fuel mileage, won’t break the bank to maintain, looks pretty cool, goes very quickly when you want it to, and has all wheel drive that renders it more useful in inclement weather. This particular TT looks quite pretty in Nimbus Grey with the Baseball Glove Leather option, and the polished “Fat Five” wheels are my favorite look on the TT. The 6-speed manuals suit the car well and are fun to drive, and it even makes a pretty good noise when you wind it out.

Maybe it’s not everyone’s dream car, but at $11,000 dollars, I think you can have a useable and enjoyable weekender, and most people would be very surprised when you told them how little you spent for so much style. Don’t repair the seat yet – get your money’s worth of solar radiation with the top down, and keep your eye out for someone parting one down the road to grab the seat bottom. I feel that in the not-so-distant future, more people will appreciate the unique looking TT, and it seems to be aging much more gracefully than the Z3 or SLK.

-Carter