2004 Audi S4 Avant

‘Tis the season for Nog of the Egg variety, but I’m a much bigger fan of the Nogaro kind myself – and I expect most of you are, too. Fast Audis switched to signature blue with the RS2 and “RS Blue” hue – continued with the S6 plus until it switched to the nearly identical Nogaro Blue seen here on the B5 chassis. Like Porsche’s Guards Red or Mercedes’ Silver Arrows, the blue Audis have defined several generations of the top performance. Today’s S4 Avant is one of the best packages Nogaro appeared on, in my opinion. The throaty V8, chiseled looks, wagon utility and sporty 6 speed drive rank high amongst the best packaged Audis ever:

Year: 2004
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 97,200 mi
Price: $16,300 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

2004 Audi S4 Avant Quattro

6-speed, 97k miles, Pristine condition

$16,300

Background:

I’m an Audi fan. This was my 3rd S4 (2 B5 sedans) and it has been replaced by a 2010 B8 S4 sedan. It’s my 9th audi. This was my daily driver from Jan 2012 until about 2months ago. I bought the car with 79k miles on it from a friend. He had purchased the car to convert to an RS4 replica (widebody panels, rs4 engine, etc) but decided against the project. He drove the car about 2kmiles over the year or so he owned it. The car was garaged when he owned it. The car has always been garaged (both day and night) since I’ve owned it.

The car had a fender resprayed due to a minor accident (previous to my friend owning it). The paint repair looks good (see pictures below). Repair was done Jan/2006.

No check engine lights. Everything works on the car. The car has been VERY reliable and has never failed to perform.

Details/Options:

Exterior: Nogaro

Interior: Black leather with Nogaro alcantara inserts

6speed manual transmission

Premium Package (Sunroof/Homelink/Autodimming Mirrors/Autodimming rear view mirror with compass/Memory seat for driver/Light sensor

Enhanced Interior Package (alcantara seat inserts + brushed aluminum trim)

Premium Audio Package (XM) – this has now been changed to Sirius

Technical specs and option details can be found here:

Click to access s4sedan.pdf

Maintenance/condition:

I fixed a few common things after purchase. I had removed the valve covers, had them stripped and powdercoated in the factory color. The stock covers were painted and it was prone to flake. At that time I also changed the auxiliary radiators (another common weak spot over 80-100k miles). One had a small leak and the other was precautionary. Spark Plugs were replaced. Coolant was entirely flushed. The rear cargo strap was also replaced. The shifter surround was replaced due to some small scratches. Cabin and air filters were changed annually.

Car has had Castrol German/Belgium Synthetic (5w-40) every 5k miles with an OEM filter.

The car was just extensively detailed (clean, scrub, paint correction where needed, polish, wax).

The car has a couple small blemishes (it is 9 years old). There is a small door ding on the drivers side rear door crease. I’ve had a PDR person try to get it out but you can still see it a bit in just the right light. Additionally, the rear bumper has 4 small marks where someone was kind enough to use their license plate screws to enhance the bumper. There is a small (~3” scratch in the left rear quarter panel). There are also the associated road/rock chips but overall the car presents itself incredibly. Nogaro is a phenomenal color in person and pictures!!

Enhancements:

The audio system has been upgraded to the factory audi navigation system (RNS-E). It has Bluetooth, Sirius, Nav, traffic, ability to play media via dual SD slots, and will play DVDs.

The car is hardwired for a V1 radar detector (or any detector that uses a standard phone jack for a plug).

The factory cat-back system was replaced with a labree resonated system. Nice deep sound with no drone.

Audi all-weather mats were added as was a cargo mat in the rear area.

A perforated leather RS4 ebrake handle cover was added.

The stock shift knob was also upgraded and the boot replaced.

Wheels/Tires:

Stock wheels. The wheels do have some scratches from the previous owners.

The aforementioned tires are Bridgestone Potenza RE970AS in the stock size. There is approximately 60% of the tread remaining (mounted at 86k miles)

Cost/Location:

The car is located in the northern Virginia, DC suburbs near Dulles airport. Title is in hand. Email me at blueaudiwagon@gmail.com for more information.

$16,300 for car with navigation system and labree exhaust. $15,500 with stock exhaust and stock stereo.

As these cars go, this one is about spot on in every category; Nogaro over Nogaro, miles are right, it’s a 6 speed, relatively unmodded, and it has the original Avus wheels. That’s all win, folks. Additionally the owner has replaced some common wear items and this ride seems ready to go. At $16,000, I think it’s pretty much spot on for the market – and makes me wonder why anyone would pass this up for an SUV!

-Carter

Wagon Week 10K Friday: Which Road would you take?

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The C5 Audi Allroad was one of the better wagons Audi has brought over to the United States in recent memory. The car was available with initially only the 2.7 twin-turbo V6 out of the S4 and A6 2.7T, but later was also available with a 4.2 V8 making for a smooth operator. What differentiated the Allroad from the S6 was a neat package; out of the box, these cars came with height adjustable air suspension that made for both impressive ground clearance and sporty handling in the twisties. Today I’ve cooked up an interesting comparison between the two more desirable versions of the car; the 2.7T mated to the 6 speed manual and the V8 4.2 model. Let’s start with the manual:

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Year: 2004
Model: Allroad 2.7T
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 127,000 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi Allroad 2.7T 6-speed on eBay

Hello! Up for sale is a 2004 Audi Allroad Quattro. This car is in a great exterior and interior condition. The color is very nice gray metallic and it’s the original paint. It has 6-cylinder 2.7T engine with all-wheel drive 6-speed manual transmission. Plenty of power combined with famous Quattro all-wheel drive system makes this vehicle the best for all kinds of weather conditions, especially for winters. This vehicle has currently a little over 127,000 miles. This car looks and drives like new and it’s very clean inside and out. Please, look at the pictures, they say it all.

This vehicle is fully loaded. It has black/grey leather interior, powered heated seats and rearview mirrors, 8 airbags, sunroof, power windows, premium Bose stereo system with 6 CD-player and satellite radio, dual climate control, cruise control, ABS, traction control, parking sensors, central locking, alarm, factory xenon headlights, fog lights, 17’ alloy wheels, roof racks and much more. It has all matching almost brand new Michelin tires.

The vehicle equipped with famous Allroad air ride suspension, which is a great feature. This system has no issues with lifting up and holding air for weeks. The engine and transmission work great. Timing belt, water pump and all possible seals and gaskets were replaced last week. Only original or high quality german made parts were used, no cheap junk. Check engine light never comes on, neither any other warning lights. No fluids are leaking, no smell of any kind, there are all new brake pads.

Since the vehicle is used, it does have its small blemishes, such as slightly worn headlight switch, dent on rear bumper, burn mark on driver’s seat and couple of almost invisible dings on the left fender, nothing major at all. Please, see the pictures. Radio and climate control buttons are in great shape. BTW, Audi has a recall for burned marks on the seats caused by heating element, so it can be replaced for free. This vehicle just passed NYS inspection and it comes with clean NYS title. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask.

Winning bidder to pay $300 deposit via Paypal within 2 days after the auction is ended. Bidders with the 5 feedback or less, please, contact me prior to bidding.

This car looks quite clean outside, and with some recent engine maintenance that’s a plus. The interior also looks quite clean and presents well. The Allroads are quite complicated beasties though, and though the seller claims the suspension works perfectly, you can bet either compressor or airbags are going to need to be replaced before long if they haven’t been already. It’s an expensive repair to undertake, though there are upgraded aftermarket parts now available. Alternatively, you can swap in steel springs from either a S6 or A6, though you loose the ride height adjust-ability obviously. Second downside? The two turbos; while they’re great for tuning, they’re more often than not a replacement item as the miles grow, necessitating removal of the motor. Those two things got you down? How about this unique V8:

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Adding the 4.2 changed the character slightly from the “wooshy” 2.7T to a more refined, torquey driving style with the V8. Ultimately, this relaxed the car and though on the books it looks very similar to the S6, it’s a very different car. This particular model is even more different than most, with it’s custom interior and monochrome paint scheme:

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Year: 2005
Model: Allroad 4.2
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,000 mi
Price: $10,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 on Craigslist.org

I have a 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 V8 for sale.

It is a special order and comes with the matching fender flares and body molding to the Titanium Grey exterior. It has custom Black, Grey & Red leather seating and both front and back seats are heated with heated steering wheel. It has Sirius/XM integrated, Homelink, walnut trim in front and back. It also has the automatic and manual variable height suspension. It is automatic with Triptronic shifting. Bi-Xenon auto adjusting & leveling headlamps as well as front & rear fog lights. It has had all of the services done in the past 2000 miles and in the last 500 miles had the air suspension and struts replaced. It has new Michelin tires in the last 5,000 miles. It also has legal front and rear window tinting.

It has 116,000 miles on it which is good average mileage and has been mostly highway. I am asking $10,500 or reasonable offers. Email and calls are welcome. This is for local private sale for cash or bank check only. This will not be shipped, etc. Contact 5085057737 with questions. These ARE actual pictures of the car. More can be texted upon request. I am looking to sell by the weekend.

Scared of the turbos and the airbags? Check those two off – the suspension and service has just been done to this particular car. The interior is a bit over the top, but not garish and thankfully not too overdone; I think it’s probably liveable, though I don’t think it really suits the car particularly well. This example does have the rivited two piece wheels I like more in terms of looks, and the Titanium looks better than the Alpaca Beige.

Despite likely less issues with the suspension, I’d guess that most people would choose to grab the 6 speed. It’s a versatile, sporty wagon that maintains driving enjoyment. My parents had one for a while and I always liked driving it, though I dreaded the repair bills it generated. Still, I’d rather drive one of these and fix it often than end up in a Q5. They can even tow a reasonable amount of weight if you’re looking for a track hauler – just make sure both the car and trailer are light.

The question is, which Road would you take?

-Carter

Wagon Week: Which W8?

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Volkswagen has a tendency to introduce “misunderstood” cars in the US, and in recent memory two really stand out; the ultra-luxury Phaeton and the crazily-engined Passat W8. Existing only for a brief time, the W8 was the test platform for many of the W-engine variants. Linked to 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive, these cars were only slightly more luxurious than the run of the mill Passat, but did pack a lot more punch on the freeway. The W8 remains a discrete performance package in the truest sense of the word; few outside enthusiasts even understand what that “W” means. Perhaps that’s why Volkswagen sold so few of these pricey mid-range cars; today, though they hold a special place in VW fans’ hearts and minds, W8s in good condition are hard sells that generally don’t bring much higher prices than V6 or 1.8T models. That means you can get a unique performance bargain if you’re a careful shopper not afraid of the equally unique engine. In honor of wagon week, then, we have an either/or – 2003 Passat W8 6-speed manual versus a 2004 Passat W8 Variant. Let’s start with the manual

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Year: 2003
Model: Passat W8
Engine: 4.0 liter W8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage:106,600 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen Passat 6 Speed on eBay

2003 VW PASSAT
4.0L W8 AWD 6 SPEED
Very RARE
Clean inside and out
Runs and drives 100%
No warning lights on
No known issues
Good clutch, brakes and tires

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While normally I think enthusiasts would flock to the manual over the automatic, today’s face off gives pause, because they’re not really on equal terms. Fans of the W8 tend to also be fans of wagons, and the unicorn is the W8 6-speed Variant. Few were brought to this country, so unless you’re prepared to pay seriously top dollar for one and wait, you’re more likely to find a manual sedan. This sedan seems to be in good condition, retains the original BBS-made “Madras” wheels which are the desirable ones, and is a sedate but attractive color combination fitting the W8’s personality. Downside? Well, as with any used dealer no real maintenance is shown and I can see at least one lug nut missing; a pre-purchase inspection would be a must. Despite this the car is offered at no reserve and bidding at time of writing is quite low, so this could really be a performance bargain. Still want the wagon?

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As someone who drives a 2002 Passat Variant nearly every day, they’re quite a nice package and very useful. As a family car with a touch of sport and all-weather capability, there aren’t many cars in this price range that will match the Passat in overall value. Unfortunately, most of the W8 Variants were coupled to the 5-speed tiptronic, like today’s Black/Black example:

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Year: 2004
Model: Passat W8 4Motion Variant
Engine: 4.0 liter W8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,000 mi
Price: $11,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 Variant on eBay

This Passat is in excellent mechanical condition. The body has extremely minor scratches, but no dents. This Passat has the exterior chrome trim package. This vehicle has always been well maintained by the dealer or at a european automotive specialist.

I’m the second owner of the vehicle.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pick up or delivery.

The tiptronic is probably a deal changer for most people, but I think puts these two packages on relatively equal footing. Have a family? The wagon is for you. Enjoy a little sport while flying under the radar? The 6-speed is a really neat package. These W8s have a reputation for being very pricey to fix, but some research with actual owners says that they’re not as bad as they’re reported to be, and certainly no worse than the Audis they square up against in most cases. I think the wagon is probably overpriced a little but appears to be in good shape, and if the sedan comes in below $7,000 I would consider it pretty well bought. If you want to stand out from the crowd and have everyone know it, these aren’t the cars for you; but if you want a neat package that is just that much different than what everyone else has, these cars do it like few others.

-Carter

10K Friday: S4 v. S4

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The Audi S4 has been the subject of several of my “10K” posts, and for good reason – for around $10,000, you can have your choice of three different generations of these beastly sleepers. In the last “S4-off”, the B6 S4 was soundly beaten by the original model at least in part because it was a tiptronic automatic model. As I said in that post, however, in order to fit the “10K” boundaries most of the manual S4s are eliminated, so automatics are the choice that remains. Today I’m back with another automatic S4, so what’s the twist? This time the slush-box is facing off against the real original S4 – a 1988 Porsche 928 S4. Let’s take a look:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 118,242 mi
Price: $ 10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

2004 Audi S4 4.2 Quattro
Financing Available 4.2 V8 ONE OWNER Car Fax

With a reported one owner and clean carfax, this car looks pretty nice. I love the Dolphin Grey over light grey leather as it’s both stealthy and good looking. I’m not a fan of the Enkei wheels that have replaced the originals, but with both curbing and bends common on those S4 Avus alloys it’s not hugely surprising to see them gone. They’re replaceable easily enough – you could even go for something more sporty like I displayed in my Audi wheel post this past Wednesday. The automatic wouldn’t be what most would choose when selecting this model, and a fair amount of people have also complained about the potential repair bills. For those people, stop reading now:

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Year: 1988
Model: 928 S4
Engine: 5.0 liter V8
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 101,000 mi
Price: $10,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Porsche 928 S4 on eBay

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1988 Porsche 928 S4. New tires. Polished chrome wheels. Water pump, timing belt and tensioner replaced. Mobile one synthetic oil used.
Guard red w/Tan leather interior. 5.0 V8. Automatic. Full power. 101,000 miles. Always stored inside. Paint is like new. Leather is soft and supple.
Has complete, original tool set and air compressor for spare. This Porsche is extremely clean inside and out and has not been abused. I have owned this vehicle for about 6 years.
USA buyers only. $1000.00 non refundable deposit due within 72 hours. Balance due within 7 days. NO PAYPAL. Cash or certified checks only.
Vehicle not released until all checks cleared.

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The Porsche 928 is a true Grand Tourer, effortlessly able to gobble up miles in comfort. This particular example looks great in Guards Red over tan, and seems well cared for. Recent maintenance is a plus. The wheels appear chromed which was popular when the anodizing began to fail, but replacements of either the S alloys or later Design 90s aren’t hard to come by – though often not cheap. I’ve always found the 928 intriguing and this package still looks remarkably fresh considering it was designed in the 1970s.

When I thought up this comparison, I was not quite envisioning it would play out like this, but I really didn’t feel as though a manual Audi would be fair against an automatic 928; conversely I was pretty sure nearly everyone would choose a manual 928 over an automatic Audi. With repair bills on both claimed to be astronomical, that also eliminates the “it’s too expensive to own model X, so by default I choose Y” argument. So which would I choose? If it was a daily driver, no question I would choose the Audi. Day to day, it’s a better all around car. In a straight line it will keep up with or out-accelerate the 928, they’re likely even in the corners given the right tires, and you can use the Audi in white stuff. If I was looking for an occasional car to feel special in, the Porsche wins hands down, but then if it was an occasional car, I’d probably save for another year until I could afford the one I really wanted with a manual.

Which would you choose?

-Carter

Double Take: Which R for you? 2004 Volkswagen R32 v. 2008 Volkswagen R32

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The “Hot Hatch”. While Volkswagen may have started the trend with the original GTi, by the 4th edition of the Golf it seemed they had lost their way. Sure, the 1.8T was peppy buy relatively underpowered compared to some of the competition given the Mk.4’s weight, and while there was a VR6 option it just didn’t seem to have the point and squirt feel that the GTi was famous for. Furthermore, the Volkswagen Audi Group had been holding out on importing a major trump card; that was the still not available in the U.S. Audi S3. Sporting an uprated 1.8T powerplant and all-wheel drive, the S3 at least captured some of the intent of the original GTi. The hints of a resurrection to the GTi nameplate came in the 2002 “337” limited edition GTi, but culminated in the 2003 launch of the R32. Sporting the A3/S3/TT Haldex-quattro drive train and a new powerful VR6 pumping out 240 horsepower, the R32 popped the Golf right back to the forefront of the hot hatch market while eliciting memories of the ultra-cool Mk. 2 Golf Limited. Today we’re going to look at the two generations of the R32, starting with the first generation – a clean and rare Tornado Red 2004:

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Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 65,500 mi
Price: $18,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

LIMITED EDITION 2004 VOLKSWAGEN R32. ADULT DRIVEN AND ALWAYS GARAGE KEPT.
INCLUDED IN SALE ARE TWO COMPLETE SETS OF WHEELS.
1 SET VW OEM RIMS WITH PIRELLI 240 SNOWSPORT TIRES SHOULD YOU WANT TO DRIVE IN THE SNOW (WINTER ONLY)
1 SET MIRRO 111’S WITH DUNLOP DIREZZA SPORT TIRES (SUMMER ONLY)
ALSO INCLUDED BUT NOT INSTALLED IS A UNIBRACE REAR STRUT BRACE AND A SET OF FRONT STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES.
VW OEM FOG LIGHTS WITH EURO SWITCH. ALL FLUIDS AND SERVICING DONE RELIGOUSLY. ONLY SYNTHETIC MOTOR OIL USED. BRAKES DONE VERY RECENTLY.
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.

While I have to say I prefer the 337/25th Anniversary body kit more than the Mk. 4 R32 bumper package, it certainly does draw some serious attention. I’m glad to see the original “Aristo” rims and could do without the Miro wheels that are included, but it’s nice that the car comes with two clean sets. Miles are lower average but condition appears to be one of the better ones I’ve seen. This car was clearly owned by an enthusiast and shows. $18,000 feels like all of the money for one of these super-GTis, so when I was looking I wasn’t surprised to see that the Mk.V edition can be had for about the same money:

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The 5th edition of the Golf brought a new level of refinement and better build quality over the Mk.4, but performance was relatively unchanged due relatively unchanged power and weight. One thing that did change was that the U.S. bound R32s only came with the DSG automatic gearbox. Today’s 2008 model is represented in Deep Blue Pearl, the signature color for the R32:

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Year: 2008
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic DSG
Mileage: 72,693 mi
Price: $18,976 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

Safety Notes
3-point height-adjustable front safety belts w/pre-tensioners & load limiters, 3-point rear safety belts,4-wheel anti-lock vented disc brakes w/blue calipers, brake pad wear indicator,Daytime running lights,Driver & front passenger front airbag supplemental restraint system w/buckle switch,Driver & front passenger side airbag supplemental restraint system,Dual tone horn,Electronic stabilization program,Front/rear side curtain protection,LATCH child seat attachment points
Mechanical Notes
18″ x 7.5″ alloy wheels w/anti-theft wheel locks,4-wheel anti-lock vented disc brakes w/blue calipers, brake pad wear indicator,Dual center mounted chrome exhaust tips,Electric-assist pwr steering,Electronic stabilization program,Independent MacPherson strut front suspension,Independent multi-link rear suspension
Comfort Notes
(2) front & (2) rear assist handles,(2) front cupholders,3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel w/audio controls, transmission paddle shifters,60/40 split folding rear seats w/height-adjustable head restraints,Alloy pedals w/R logos,Alloy-look interior trim,AM/FM stereo w/MP3/6-disc CD changer-inc: Sirius satellite radio, (10) speakers,Anti-theft vehicle alarm system w/audible & visual activation,Auxiliary pwr outlet in center console,Brushed chrome interior door handles,Climatronic electronic climate control w/pollen filter,Cruise control,Diversity & satellite radio antenna,Driver & front passenger illuminated visor vanity mirrors,Front center armrest w/storage compartment,Front center dome light w/time delay, (2) front & (2) rear reading lights,Fully carpeted luggage compartment w/light, auxiliary pwr outlet, removable cover,Height-adjustable & telescoping theft-deterrent steering column,Immobilizer theft-deterrent system,Leather shift knob & handbrake grip,Leatherette door panels w/integrated armrests, storage pockets,Locking glovebox,Multi-function trip computer w/trip time, trip length, average trip speed, average trip fuel consumption, current fuel consumption, miles to empty, outside temp,Pwr windows w/pinch protection,Rear window defroster,Remote release for hatch & fuel filler flap,Self-dimming interior rearview mirror,Top sport bucket seats w/heated partial leather seating surfaces, pwr lumbar support, R logo headrests
Exterior Notes
Aluminum color grille,Blue tinted glass,Body-color bumpers,Body-color door handles,Body-color heated pwr mirrors,Body-color side moldings,Body-color side skirts,Daytime running lights,Rain-sensing aero windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles,Rear intermittent wiper/washer,Rear spoiler,Xenon HID headlamps w/washers

Safety, Mechanical, Comfort and Exterior Notes detail items which were installed at the factory during manufacturing of this vehicle. These items may or may not still be installed on this vehicle. Please call for further details.

In a straight drag race and around a track, the DSG was quicker, but is more expensive to run and lost some of the feel of the manual “chuckability” of the Mk.4. The real shame with the Mk 5. is that there was a 5 door version and manual option in Europe but VAG opted to not import them. It’s too bad because they would have been a clear challenger to not only hatches but the WRX/Evo crowd. I love the original Omanyt wheels (though they’re unbelievably heavy), the color is fantastic, and the car comes with a CPO warranty. Gripes? I never liked the slightly separated exhaust on the Mk.5. It just doesn’t look quite right to me. It may be a minor point, but it brothers me every time I see one. The sound they produce, however, is great in both models.

Were it my money, I think I’d choose….neither. I always want to love the R32, and I always think it sounds great, but the “ultimate” Golf has never really done it for me. If I want a fast V6 all-wheel drive car, I’d rather spend this money on a B5 S4 or S4 avant. If I really wanted a “hot hatch” VW, I’d get either a 337 or 25th Anniversary GTi. Sorry folks, if this is a bit of a letdown, but I just wouldn’t buy either one of these cars. In my mind, they’re overpriced, overly complicated, way too heavy, and try too hard. They’re the antithesis of the GTi – a stripped down tossable hot hatch. Want a good, fast awd hatch? Buy a WRX. Yes, the Golf has better build quality, but you can get a just about new WRX hatch for the price of these two well-used mega-Golfs, and I’d be willing to bet in the long run the WRX would be cheaper to run. And if you haven’t been in a last generation Impreza, you’d be pretty impressed with how they drive for sure.

This might just be the worst conclusion ever, but at least it’s an honest one. Which would you choose?

-Carter

2004 Audi S4 cabriolet

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Who thinks that having an all-wheel drive, V8 powered 6-speed 2 door-4 seat cabriolet is a good idea? Well, I do, for one. Although it might not make sense on paper and is arguably the least popular of the S4 variants, I think the S4 cabriolet is a neat option that Audi offered the market. With a stellar soundtrack, miles of sky above and quattro all-wheel drive to make it a reasonable year-rounder, this is really a unique convertible that can be had on a budget. While not as sexy or sonorous as the RS4 cabriolet, these can also be had for less than a third of the asking price of most of the RS variants, are cheaper to run and frankly offer 90 percent plus of the thrills. Performance bargain? You betcha.

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Year: 2004
Model: S4 Cabriolet
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 95,105 mi
Price: $12,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet on eBay

2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet

2004 Audi S4 Cabriolet Quattro
Light Silver Metallic over a Red/Black Leather Interior and Black Top

Includes The Following:

* XM Premium Audio Package (Originally $1000.00)
– XM Satellite Radio
– 215 Watt Bose Premium Sound System
^ Includes 10 speakers total, rear subwoofer and front centerfill speaker and Bose Nd NeoDymium Iron Boron high-efficiency woofer.

* Premium Package (Originally $875.00)
– HomeLink Wireless Control System
^ Universal garage door opener is located in the driver’s sunvisor.
– Auto-Dimming Electrically Folding Outside Mirrors
– Auto-Dimming Inside Mirror w/Digital Compass
– Light Sensor Package
^ Includes coming home and leaving home functions and automatic light switch.
– Four-Position Driver Side Memory
^ For seat and mirror adjustments.

* Heated Front Seats (Originally $450.00)

* Light Silver Metallic (Originally $450.00)

I love the color combo; the silver on red combination is just classic. Does the S4 require more maintenance than an A4? Yep. Does it get worse fuel economy? Yep, that too. Does it make sense as a reasonable daily driver? Not really, for most people. But if you want a 4 seat, all-wheel drive V8 6-speed manual convertible for Kia hatchback money, look no further. Keep it in good nick and my guess is that people will be clamoring over these in another 10 years, as they’re a rare performance package that ticks a lot of boxes – but like many Audis, few will have the fortitude to buy one and maintain it. With under 100,000 miles and in great overall shape, this might just be the right one!

-Carter

2004 Audi S4 Avant

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I’m wondering if I’d rather have a higher mile B5 in my favorite color, or a lower mile B6 as prices continue to sag slightly on the later V8 cars. Despite the slight drop off in these cars’ prices, the Nogaro Blue B6s still seem to carry a premium as do Avant versions – put them together, and you have the pricest of the B6 chassis cars on the market. Today’s example is no exception, with a strong $16,000 asking price on a claimed 1 of 1 2004 Nogaro/Nogaro S4 Avant:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 109,375 mi
Price: $15,875 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 Avant on eBay

2004 AUDI S4 S-4 SPORT AVANT WAGON B6 NOGARO BLUE QUATTRO ULTRA RARE 1 OF 1! WOW

In the questions of the car, the seller is asked about the 1 of 1 claim, which they insist is verified by Audi of America. I’m assuming the 1 of 1 means it’s the only Nogaro Blue with Nogaro Blue interior tiptronic equipped avant sold in the U.S. in 2004. Does that make it worth a premium? Well, last week’s S4 faceoff seemed to indicate that most of you don’t want the automatic. As I stated in the write up though, these tiptronic cars aren’t a bad drive at all and retain most of the fun of the S4 while making a stop and go commute a little easier on the leg muscles.

For relatively top dollar, I’d really want to see a rich service history – were this a $10,000 example, I’d be willing to overlook some flaws but not at top dollar. The exhaust and “K&N” sticker on the intake lead me to believe it was probably owned by an enthusiast, though that isn’t necessarily an indication that it was properly maintained or treated well. I think the asking price is a little high; provided the correct documentation, with 110k I’d like to see this car in the $12,000 to $14,000 range. Despite this, it’s a lot of car for Kia Soul money (even if the Kia does come with a warranty) and if it were actually true that it was 1 of 1, it might just be your only option if you like the combination.

-Carter

Motorsport Monday: 2004 Porsche 911 GT3

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Last week on Motorsport Monday I wrote up a 1995 BMW M3 that was ready to hit the track; for under $20,000, it sure was a track weapon on a budget. But if your budget is a little bit higher, the natural choice for the German car fan is to look towards Porsches, and Porsche’s out-of-the-box race car, the GT3. We’ve written up a few GT3s of various generations in the past few months, but the screaming deal in 911s right now are the first to hit U.S. shores, the 2004 models. Today’s model was a streetable GT3 that has been modeled after the more expensive, complicated and pricey to run Cup models, and like last week’s M3 looks ready to willing to hit the track in the proper Speed Yellow:

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Year: 2004
Model: 996 GT3
Engine: 3.6 liter flat-6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 13,300 mi
Price: Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Porsche GT3 on eBay

2004 GT3
13,300
2750lbs.

Factory Speed Yellow.Very Clean, Professionally prepped by DAWES Motorsports. Many upgrades to GT3 Cup Specs. PCA Logbook. California car built by GMG Racing and DAWES Motorsports. Only 12900 miles. Never hit or damaged. Ultra clean. 2:05s at Watkins Glen and 1:17s at Summit Point.
Special software for left foot braking etc. very well sorted and quick car. Will take Porsche street car trades 72/72 or 87-98 911’s
Tim Holt 610-692-7100 for ANY questions

GMG exact Porsche Motorsports replica cage with additional bars from A pillars thru firewall to both shock towers and NASCAR door bars.
JRZ Shocks, rebuilt. 1000lb and 1200lb springs with tenders
2 Sets CCW Monoblock 18×9.5 and 18×12 wheels
Extra Long wheel studs
GT3 Cup/RSR race clutch with lightweight flywheel
New axles 2 races ago
SCCA PCA mast cutoff switch, battery relocated to passenger footwell with legal tray and tiedown
DAWES Motorsports fully rebuilt differential for extreme race lockup
DAWES Motorsport rear Aux. oil cooler and thermo fan
Race headers with crosspipe cat and muffler delete (much wt. saving)
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup Pro steering wheel release
GT3 RS Crank Pulley
MOMO Cup pro steering wheel release
GT3 Cup front splitter and CUP vented front bumper with screens
BREMBO floating front rotors and all stainless brake lines
FVD rear ram air diffuser and airbox mod
Solid motor mounts
Cup Car shifter cables
Cup car brake cooling ducts
DAWES Motorsports FULL chassis set up, wheelbase mods and CW
Carbon Fiber rear deck lid and Cup car spoiler with 2 sets of uprights
Cup car lightweight doors
Rear Lexan window
Porsche Motorsports rear mirrors
Full monoball Suspension (Porsche Motorsports/GMG Parts)
997 GT3 Cup car F/R adjustable control arms
Cup Car/Motorsport F/R swaybars
TRG Mono ball F/R camber plates/solid rear upper control arms
TRG Front swaybar spherical links/Tarrett toe arms F/R
997 Cup rear rotors
Litronic headlights
10lb on Board fire system with engine bay/Frt and driver nozzle

9-26-13 **All new fluids/Pagid RS 14 pads and 2 sets of Pirelli slicks 3 Sets of Hoosier R6′ DOT tires

Car is ready to go. Call Tim Holt 610-405-2911 or 610-692-7100 for any and all information. Just aligned and set up for Summit

Like most of the cars we have featured in Motorsport Monday, add up the build sheet and you’ll quickly see that the price of this car is much less than just what it would cost to build. Even the three sets of Hoosiers alone would set you back the best part of $5,000 in tires shipped and mounted. Dawes and GMG both have great records for building these cars; get this to the track and it won’t be long before you’re flying. For less than a third of the price of a new Cup car, this car would offer 90% plus of the thrills without the overhead and operating expense. The 996 might not be the prettiest 911 ever made, but it’s probably the best bang for the buck in the esteemed 911 world right now.

-Carter

10K Friday: Seeing Quattro? 1994 S4 v. 2000 S4 v. 2004 S4

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Last week I wrote up one of the nicest S4s I’ve seen in a while; and like death and taxes, immediately afterwards another popped up. Point to you, Internet Gods. It got me thinking a bit, though; prices of the three first generations are all falling into line with each other, with good examples of early cars rising, B5 generation static and affordable, and the B6 still falling slightly. It offers a unique chance to own one of three cars with the same name, same purpose, and same manufacturer but very different personalities. Today’s 10K Friday then is between the venerable C4 1994 S4, the beloved B5 2000 S4, and the silky smooth B6 S4. Let’s start where it all began with the 1994:

Year: 1994
Model: S4
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,651 mi
Price: $11,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Audi S4 on eBay

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You are looking at an impressive piece of AWD German engineering that is advanced even by today’s standards. This is an original Audi S car with the 20-valve 5-cylinder turbocharged AAN born of Audi’s World Rally Championship heritage. It is increasingly rare to see this kind of S4 in this condition, color and low original mileage. I am a meticulous Audi enthusiast and have cared for the car accordingly.

Condition:
Mechanical – very good – No fluid leaks, maintenance is up to date, only synthetic oil (either Castrol GTX or Mobil 1) with BG MOA oil additive was used. The timing belt is up-to-date as conveyed to me by previous owner and good to go until 100k miles. I of course had my certified Audi mechanic inspect it anyway upon purchase and he confirmed the condition of the belt (good with no cracks/imperfections) corroborates this. November of last year I flushed all the fluids including brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant (Audi red). The clutch is original to my knowledge, is tight and in great shape. I only ran Shell, Conoco or Diamond Shamrock premium gasoline.

Notable mechanical repairs under my ownership include: stainless steel brake lines installed, valve cover gasket replaced, starter replaced, new brakes and rotors two months ago, and new power radio antenna. NOTE: Pre-purchase mechanical inspections at local and reputable Audi shops are welcomed at the expense of the interested party provided my schedule will allow it and it isn’t too much of an inconvenience. These must be completed prior to the close of the auction sale.

Interior – Immaculate. No rips, tears, odors or stains. The driver’s floor mat is somewhat worn.

Body – very good condition. No dents or door dings that I am aware of, nor other imperfections. I wash it, wax it and condition the interior leather on a monthly basis if not more frequently.

Paint – Freshly waxed it looks brand new.

Upgrades – I’ve upgraded the brake lines, the wheels to the B5 S4 Avus 17″ wheels (perfect shape), had an aftermarket power antenna installed (black instead of silver) and the balance of the car is OEM.

Features: You get an AWD platform that excels in all weather conditions, a legendary and very reliable power plant in the 20-valve turbo, 5-speed manual transmission, wrapped in a gorgeous body and it comes with every option Audi could dream of for that year. It doesn’t get much better.

History: This is an original Colorado car. The first owner bought it here, retired eventually and liked the car so much he took it to Hawaii with him. After a period of time there, he sold it. I believe I bought it from the second owner there in Hawaii and had it shipped back to Colorado, making me the third owner. I am selling it because I am saving up for a home purchase. This car comes with a clean Colorado title and clean Carfax available upon request. NOTE: This is my daily driver at present and mileage will go up accordingly.

Payment: This sale is an auction-style sale. To retain the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a non-refundable $500 deposit via Paypal within 24 hours of the conclusion of the auction. The balance of the funds must be paid to me through certified check drawn off a verifiable bank or cash when the agent, shipper or buyer arrives to pick up the vehicle and title no later than one week after the close of the auction sale.

Shipping: I will help out with this as much as is reasonably possible, but the buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements.

Finally, please feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability in as timely a manner as possible. Thank you and good luck!

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The “Ur-S”s are loved by there owners and desired by many in and out of the Audi crowd. Although they were really an evolution of the 200, they were a revelation in the all-weather high-performance sedan and wagon category. The seller notes that the AAN is legendary, and these cars are pretty bulletproof through 300,000 plus miles. As we’ve mentioned many times, these cars hit the bottom of the market a few years ago and it has become hard to find clean examples. This particular model is one of the lower mileage examples that has come up for sale recently, and one of the very few that remains nearly stock. I have to admit that Tornado Red isn’t my favorite color on the big-body Audis, and the Avus alloys never seem quite right to me on this generation. Source a set of early D2 18″ Avus wheels (that never came to the U.S. – think the Ronin car), the 17” Boleros I mentioned in the last post, or properly the original 16×8 light and strong Fuchs to correct that problem. With the right wheels, I could probably live with the color. The maintenance and history seem good, so that just leaves the price – a little high to me, but as we’ve stated before – go find another. Maybe the C4 isn’t your thing, and you like the slick packaging of the car that replaced it – the B5 S4:

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Year: 2000
Model: S4
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 102,498 mi
Price: $8,883 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi S4 on eBay

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Check out this older Audi S4 manual transmission car. Overall for a 14 year old car it’s in good shape. An older couple owned the car. The exterior is in decent shape and the same with the interior. This car because of age and mileage is being sold as-is no warranty expressed of implied. This car has not been through our shop and we recommend an independent inspection.

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There’s a lot to like here; the color combination, while not the most popular on the B5, looks sharp and fits the car’s profile well. I like the lighter interior to the often-specified black. I’m not a fan of the wheels, though that could be sorted with a quick call to the owner of the above 94. The 2.7 twin-turbo V6 has proven to be pretty reliable through high miles too; I have a friend with a highly modified 2000 that has just crested 300,000 miles with no sign of slowing down. That motor is also nearly as tunable as the AAN, with many pushing 400 plus horsepower. There are drawbacks; the more electronically dependent quattro system in the B5 doesn’t handle high power upgrades or snow quite as well as the more simple earlier C4 and turbo replacement is just about a guarantee on these cars as they get older; that necessitates pulling the motor and is an expensive job. Additionally, the B cars with their 4 link suspension often have a fair share of squeaks and rattles, but it’s nothing that any older German car wouldn’t experience. You could argue, then, that if the original car wasn’t your bag, maybe you should get the newest one you can on a budget – enter the B6 2004 V8 S4:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,123 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

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2004 Audi S4 100% Carfax Serviced

Clean vehicle history report

100% Carfax certified

100% Autocheck certified

Bose stereo system

Heated seats

Factory Recaro seats

Best color combo

White over black

2 master keys – 1 valet key

Arctic White exterior – Ebony Nappa leather interior

340HP, 4.2 LITER V8 engine – automatic transmission

Premium package – Originally $1,650 Package

Glass power tilting sliding front sunroof with sunshade and one-touch opening; Coming home device; Garage door opener; Driver power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic operation, passenger power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic and automatic operation; Memorized adjustment on door mirror position with six driver’s seat positions; Automatic operation rear view mirror; Compass; Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor; Electric foldable mirrors

Heated seats – Originally $450 option

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Before you start in on me, I get that it’s an auto, but these are on the downward swing still and the tiptronic models are in general worth a bit less, so they fall into the 10K category a little more easily. The tip S4s with the V8 don’t have the lag issues the B5 experienced because of the nature of the V8 versus the blown V6 unit, so while it’s not for everyone the tiptronic isn’t as bad for a daily driver as you might think. I love the white on these S4s; they stand out and look properly German and clean. As I mentioned before I’m not as big a fan of the black interiors, though. Like the B5, the B6 has some known engine gremlins that will result in the mill being pulled out, but repairs between the two seem to be about the same cost if not slightly less on the V8.

If it were my money, I think I’d find it hard to pass up the B5. While that C4 is very nice and 9.9 times out of 10 I’d choose the earlier car, like the GTis I wrote up yesterday if I were paying top dollar for a particular model I think I’d hold out for a color I’d prefer as they do still pop up, albeit infrequently. The B5 seems to be the deal of the group; miles, color combo, and platform are right for a daily driver that you can have a lot of fun in on a budget, or modify into your dream RS model. Which would you prefer?

-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

All inspections must be completed before bidding. All automobiles are sold as is. Items may be subject to documetation fees.

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