2000 Volkswagen Bora Variant 2.8 V6 4Motion Highline

Continuing on my theme of rare European treats, here’s a Jetta you don’t see every day. While the market may have seemed fairly saturated by the 2000s with all-wheel drive wagons – including Volkswagen’s own Passat Variant 4Motion – that didn’t stop VW from bringing a new generation of small wheel drive five-doors to customers. Of course, there had been a Mk.3 Golf Variant Syncro available with the VR6 previously – I looked at one a few years ago:

4WD Week: 1996 Volkswagen Golf Variant 2.9 VR6 Syncro

The Syncro name was dropped for the 4th generation and fell in line with the new 4Motion branding shared with the Passat. However, while the Passat’s longitudinal drivetrain borrowed Audi’s B5 quattro system, the Mk.4 was of course transverse. As a result, the Mk.4’s Haldex system was shared with the Audi A3 and TT. The Golf Variant was also renamed the Bora Variant, and thus was born today’s car. Engine revisions mid-run led to this model: the 2.8 V6 4Motion Highline. While the car is branded “V6” and if you open the engine bay it even says “V6” on the beauty cover, it was in fact a 24 valve variant of the 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6. Dubbed the BDF and rated at 201 horsepower, that made this a little all-wheel drive pocket rocket 5-door, and just like the R32 we saw it could be mated to a manual transmission:

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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

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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

2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon

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Since I bought my dream car 1.5 years ago, my car hunting radar got fuzzy for a bit amidst wonderings of what, if anything, was next? I had a sports sedan and an unstoppable truck, what else could you need? Well, with both cars struggling to get 20mpg on the highway, the entry of a Jetta TDI to my brother’s fleet got my mind churning. He and his girlfriend made a trip from Seattle to San Francisco, with a spacecase on top, and averaged 56 mpg. I was sold, and now these days when I think of what car I really want next, the recurring image is a Mk4 Jetta TDI Wagon. Eminently useful and frugal, it would be the perfect counterpoint to the E28 M5. Today’s example is what I will eventually be looking for: low-mileage, manual, and very clean.

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Year: 2003
Model: Jetta TDI Wagon
Engine: 1.9L turbodiesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 83,500
Price: $13,990

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon on eBay

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2003 RARE JETTA TDI WAGON ** 5 SPEED MANUAL ** ONLY 83K ORIGINAL LOW LOW MILES ** 1.9 TURBO DIESEL ENGINE ** SIDE IMPACT AIRBAGS ** 50 MPG ** AIR CONDITIONING WITH POLLEN AND DUST FILTER ** POWER HEATED MIRRORS ** HEATED SEATS ** FULLY LOADED GL MODEL ** SPLIT FOLDING REAR SEAT ** CRUISE CONTROL **RARE ESP OPTION (ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM) ** POWER WINDOWS ** POWER LOCKS ** KEYLESS ENTRY ** AWESOME COLOR COMBO ** ROOF RACK ** MONSOON SOUND SYSTEM ** IN DASH CD PLAYER ** NEW YOKOHAMA TIRES ALL AROUND ** NEVER IN AN ACCIDENT, CLEAN CARFAX AND AUTOCHECK REPORTS (PLEASE VIEW ATTACHED CARFAX REPORT) ** ALWAYS SERVICED BY VW DEALER ** MORE RELIABLE AND MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN NEW TDI’S ** SPARE TIRE W/ TOOL KIT ** BOOKS, MANUALS AND FLOOR MATS ** NON-SMOKER ** THIS IS THE ONE OF THE NICEST JETTA DIESEL WAGONS WE HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH LOW MILES ** WILL NOT LAST ** THE LAST YEAR WITH THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE ALH MOTOR ** BEING SOLD ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, THESE CARS HAVE BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ESPECIALLY A 5 SPEED MODEL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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I’d be a little more ready to pounce if it were around $12k, but low-mileage examples are becoming rarer by the day, so it’s a bit of a seller’s market. It may not have mind-blowing power and speed, but its specific brand of performance is equally admirable.

-NR