2000 Volkswagen Passat TDI Wagon 6 speed manual

I have lengthy discussions with a good friend of mine in the Boston area about how there is a lack of decent diesel and performance wagons available in the United States with a manual transmission. Coincidentally, my friend drives a 2003 Audi A4 1.8T wagon with a manual gearbox. Here’s an interesting Passat wagon for sale on eBay that he passed along to me earlier this week, one that was brought over by someone in the German military working in the United States. This could very well be the only Passat wagon with the TDI engine and a 6 speed manual in the US at the current time.

The seller states:

Up for sale is a a very rare ONE owner 2000 Volkswagen Passat TDI wagon, with 217k original kilometers which is 135k miles. This is a one owner car that belonged to the original owner who was working in the US on behalf of the German military. This is the legendary diesel wagon which achieves almost 50 miles per gallon, but was never offered for the US market. Best color combination, Black mettallic on Gray. Fully legalized with a clean and clear Maryland title, ready to be registered in any state! This is the only Passat TDI wagon of this body style in all of US.

Features a 1.9 Turbo diesel ALH engine, mated to a 6 speed manual transmission

Loaded with the following options:

Monsoon Sound System
Alloy wheels
Power locks/windows/ mirrors
Climatronic climate control
6 CD changer
Side Impact Airbags
6 SPEED MANUAL
Keyless entry
Here is your chance to own the one and only Passat TDI wagon with a 6 speed manual transmission in all of the US.

Please note the car is a 2000 model, not a 1980 like listed on ebay, as the ebay system cannot decode the vin number. The exterior of the car is in excellent condition. The black paint looks great and has a deep gloss to it, as can be seen from the pictures. This Passat has NEVER been in an accident and has no previous paintwork of any kind! This TDI has a completely clean Autocheck report.

The interior is in great shape with no rips or tears. All power options work great! The entire interior is very clean! Has a spare tire with tool kit. As well as a set of original floor mats. Has nearly new tires all around!

Timing belt and water pump has been replaced at 101k miles at Stohlman VW in VA!

Mechanically: Starts, runs, and drives like a solid german built car. The suspension feels strong and tight with no rattles. The engine runs smooth, and is very powerful. . There are no check engine or warning lights on of any kind. The manual transmission shifts smoothly through all the gears. This car has been taken care of all its life and it really shows. If you wouldnt see the odometer, you would never believe that this car has 135k miles. It looks, and drives like a car with a quarter of its miles.

One thing that I noticed about this car is that it has power front windows and manual rear windows, something not seen on US Passats. This feature is similar to the setup my grandfather had in his 1982 Peugeot 505. A neat touch, I think. Granted this is a rare piece in this country, but in Europe, this would be any old Passat on the market. Over $16k for an 11 year old Passat with about 135,000 miles seems a bit ridiculous. Other Passats of this vintage are regularly trading in the $5,000 to $7,000 range on average. Given it’s rarity, I could see a $1,000 to $2,000 premium, not one which puts it in line with a new Jetta.

-Paul

2000 Audi RS4 Avant, 1 of 4 in the USA

I preface this entry by stating that my favorite estate vehicle of all time is the Audi RS2. This high performance version of the Audi 90 estate was built in the same factory as the legendary Mercedes-Benz W124 500E/E500 and had some tasty Porsche styling bits to compliment it’s 2.2 liter, 20 valve 5 cylinder turbo engine. As a follow up, Audi introduced the A4 based RS4 in 1999, but never imported this vehicle to the US. Or did they…..?

2000 Audi RS4 Avant on VW Vortex

The seller states:

I’m posting this for a very good client of mine. He had 3 of these brought into the United States in 2001 and they are all legit for the USA. It was hemogenized and has a full 17 digit VIN Number. I’ve personally sat in this car and driven it and it is unbelievable. He bought 3, sold off one back in 2001 and currently has two of them (his and hers). This vehicle has not been beaten on any whatsoever (couple are in their early 70’s) just true Audi enthusiasts. Vehicle holds a clean Colorado title and is located in Aspen, CO. Seriously enquires only please.

2000 Audi RS4 quatto advant (only made as avants)

Blue Exterior (I would assume Nogaro)
Black Recaro Leather
35,000 Miles
AWD
425HP

Manual Transmission

*Car is certified for US use by DOT and EPA. Accordingly, Germany only parts are available from Audi US. Colorado titled.*

Audi Factory Racing Department (RS) slotted rotors and calipers, Audi Factory Racing Department sport cat and exhaust system, remote escort radar/laser detector, hood bra, Audi bright leveling headlights, new updated Audi Factory Boge shocks, sport/racing seat belt harness system, newly replaced factory Bose speakers, XM radio installed and ECU factory Audi Racing Department remapped for 91 octane gasoline. Germany 98 octane. $3,500 remapping essential, according to Factory Audi Racing Department, to eliminate detonation.

Purchased the vehicle in Germany with 2300 miles

No accidents

Title not salvage

Two keys

Never smoked it

Service records available

Brand new tires on stock RS4 wheels and brand new Blizzaks on a secondary set of wheels.
Vehicle is being offered at $49,000. Again, serious enquires only please. This vehicle was owned the right way and I am doing this as a favor for a client!

As much as I like this RS4, the $49,000 asking price is too high in my opinion, even if a value on such a rare car is hard to place. At this price point, I simply couldn’t drive this car in good conscience on a regular basis. If it were about $15,000 cheaper, this would be a seriously tempting piece. One thing is certain though, the cool factor for this car is off the charts and you’ll never see yourself coming and going on the street, unless RS4 clones suddenly become all the rage.

-Paul

2001.5 Audi S4 6-Speed for sale in the Bay Area

I haven’t indulged my S4 infatuation in some time, and today I found one in the Bay Area that’s pushing a lot of good buttons. My appreciation of the B6/7 S4 centered mostly around the name. The new B8 S4, while still large, is much sleeker and seems to continue the understated aggression of the B5 better than the middle children. The 1997-2002 B5 just seems to be a simpler, more elegant machine that reaches its performance and attractiveness with greater ease. The final “2001.5” model year for these brought some mild upgrades which enhanced reliability. Turbo, AWD, and a 6-speed – the only word missing here is Avant.

2001.5 Audi S4 6-speed for sale on Craigslist SF

From the seller:

2001.5 Blue Audi S4 6 spd PREM PKG Heated SEATS B5 82K Clean Title

2nd owner B5 body with clean title (never been in an accident)…NON SMOKER
NO warning lights…Everything works (ie. AC, Heater, Electrical, etc)
Very clean and great condition exterior and interior.
Mileage of 82,xxx miles is super low for a 2001.5 year S4
2001.5 year is a great year for the B5 S4 because of the new enhancements…less Turbo failure and these things:
Different ECU (M vs. H for a manual)
No FHose in the 2001.5
Different Oil Inlet lines for the Turbos in 2001.5
Different Shifter stalk in the 2001.5, and they also have different badges on the 2001.5
California Registration expires till July 2011.

VIN # WAURD68D11A140038 (So you can run your CarFax or Autochecks)

STOCK ITEMS:
Santorin Blue Pearl exterior
Silver/Grey Leather Interior w/ Wood Trim
2.7L DOHC SMPI 30-valve bi-turbo ENGINE (AMS chipped ECU)
Premium Package (heated seats, power seats for driver and passenger)
6 speed manual (Transmission is in GREAT shape, NO issues at all)
OLD School Stock Audi GPS in center speedometer area
Stock BOSE Stereo system (upgraded front speakers) w/ 6 disc CD Changer
Moonroof/Sunroof
Xenon Lights
Mobil 1 Synthetic Oil every 5K miles oil change
All Wheel Drive Quattro System
Toyo Proxes 4 Tires (225/40/ZR18) All 4 BRAND NEW 1 month ago
Mud Guards

ADDED MODIFICATIONS ITEMS:
Clear Bra all around (front bumper, hood, side mirrors, side doors and doors handles, trunk bumper area)
VW Audi RS4 Rims – 18″…sorry, no stock rims
AMS chipped ECU (produces roughly 310 HP and 370 lbs of torque)
HKS Turbo Timer for longevity of Turbo life
KONI Stasis Coilovers
Air Intake w/ cone filter (also have factory box)
Tinted all around, however backs are darker
Short Shifter
Kamei Black Grill
Rear Audi Sport License Plate holder

This car exemplifies the “OEM Plus” school of thought, and it’s working very well. Sometimes modern wheels look out of place on older models, but the RS4 wheels look great here. A nicely lowered stance, black grill, and the awesome addition of mudflaps complete the subtle-but-aggressive look. Great modifications on a well-chosen model, ready to go for $10.5k; higher than some B5s out there, but the lower mileage and overall cleanliness make it worth it.

-NR

2001 Audi S4 Avant 6-Speed

Nate is one of our new authors on the website and this is his first post. Please welcome him and leave a comment! -dc

All-wheel drive.  Twin-turbo V6.  Six-speed.  Wagon.

The B5 S4 Avant holds a special place in my dream stable.  Understated sexiness and a wide range of capabilities make other dream cars seem unnecessary.  A grocery getter?  Sure.  A backroad blaster?  Definitely.  Mountain monster?  Born for it.  The twin-turbo V6 means it’s lighter, more efficient, and more easily tuned than the B6/7 V8 or the newborn B8 with its supercharged 3.0.  Add in a rare 6-speed, and this 2001 S4 for sale on eBay is what dreams are made of.

This example looks clean and well-loved.  It’s no spring chicken; these cars are coming up on being a decade old and it has the miles to prove it, but it should still have plenty of love left to give.  Upgraded brakes and suspension are intelligent and prudent modifications.

There isn’t much else to say other than I wish this had been under the Christmas tree this year!

-Nate