10K Friday Super Drop-Top Edition: Cabriolet v. TT v. S4 v. Cabriolet v. Beetle v. Eos v. S2 v. Boxster v. M Roadster v. M3 v. 500SL v. CLK55 AMG

Okay, hang on folks, this is a long one – what’s the most class, speed and style that you can get for $10,000 these days in German motoring? I’ve lined up some of the examples of just how much you can buy – which is your favorite?

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2010 Volkswagen Eos

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Weird but true: I’ve always liked the Volkswagen Eos. From the first time I saw a new one in 2007, the Eos always grabs my attention. It’s cute without being “cute”, it’s aggressive without being overstated, it’s clever without feeling over thought. I love the retractable hardtop; it gives you great coupe looks with the top up and a nice clean look with the roof stored away. As a 4 season convertible, Volkswagen just looked like they got it right. Most of the Eos were shipped to the U.S. with automatic transmissions, but a few early on got a 6 speed manual mated to the 200 horsepower 2.0T found in the GTi. The result? A convertible GTi that’s lost the “hatchback” look. Aimed squarely at the BMW and Mercedes crowd, these were never a cheap option but today you can grab a lightly used model for about the same price as a lightly equipped Golf. Take a look at today’s fantastic in Salsa Red over Cornsilk Beige interior:

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Year: 2010
Model: Eos
Engine: 2.0 turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,423 mi
Price: $21,981 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2010 Volkswagen Eos on eBay

Year:
2010
VIN:
WVWAA7AH4AV011022

Make:
VOLKSWAGEN
Stock:
9642

Model:
Eos 2dr Conv Manual Komfort
Condition:
CERTIFIED PRE-OWNED

Body:
CAR
Title:
CLEAR

Engine:
2.0L I4 16V GDI DOHC Turbo
Exterior:
SALSA RED

Cylinders:
4
Interior:
CORNSILK BEIGE

Transmission:
MANUAL
Warranty:
Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned

Mileage:
50423

Economy:
City 21 MPG / Highway 31 MPG

This is the perfect Eos package; the Salsa Red is a gorgeous deep bluish red, the beige interior is the one you’d want with the top down (think: black=bacon), and this car is equipped with the 2.0T mated to the 6 speed manual. Win! Further, although this is a “Komfort” model it’s equipped with the upgraded and nice looking “Le Mans” alloys. Sure, this isn’t the performance monster than many people would dream of, but it’s a great all-around car that is economical to run, sporty when you want it, has good looks and is a true 4 seat convertible. At $22,000, it’s not cheap, but it’s a lot of car for the money and with a CPO warranty you can get a few years of topless fun in before worrying about maintenance. If you don’t want the social stigma of driving a Cabrio, a Z3, an SLK, a TT or a Boxster, the Eos remains a great option.

-Carter

Convertible Week: 2010 Volkswagen Eos

The Volkswagen Cabrio was the company car of sororities everywhere and the dream vehicle for every high school girl out there. It was also a car that Volkswagen got a lot of mileage out of, with the Mk1 chassis living on in open roofed duty until 1993, and the Mk3 living on well after Mk4 production commenced. The Cabrio exited stage right in 2002, and Volkswagen would be without a convertible until the Eos came along in 2006. This was a complete rethink for the drop top Volkswagen, as a folding hardtop was now in place of the cloth roof, adding greater all weather practicality but increasing the cost significantly. North American customers could order their Eos with the 2.0 liter TSI four cylinder or VR6 engine, mated to either a 6-speed manual or 6-speed DSG automatic.

This Eos for sale outside of Philadelphia is looking rather beachy in its light blue metallic color and has the popular four cylinder/DSG gearbox combination.

Year: 2010
Model: Eos
Engine: 2.0 liter inline four
Transmission: 6-speed automatic
Mileage: 21,100 mi
Price: $24,351

2010 Volkswagen Eos on eBay

6 Speed DSG automatic transmission $1,100.00 option, 17 inch LeMans alloy wheels $450.00 option, splash guards $200.00 option, touch screen am/fm radio, power moonroof, 3 spoke multi-function steering wheel, heated seats, Bluetooth, 6 disk in-dash cd changer, dual digital climate control, SD card reader, fog lamps, ESP traction control, cruise control, heated side mirrors, power driver seat, tilt and telescoping steering wheel, satellite radio, AUX input, keyless entry, alarm, power windows-locks-mirrors. This car is excellent condition inside and out with no disappointments.

The vehicle is covered by the remainder of the factory VW bumper to bumper warranty and no charge maintenance plan until 3 years or 36,000 miles. Also the factory VW powertrain warranty until 5 years or 60,000 miles.

For our readers, the Eos probably isn’t high on the shopping list when it comes to drop tops, but the car does have its merits. They have held their value pretty well and do offer a the luxury of a hardtop with four seats for a lot less than some of its German competition. One factoid that pleases me is that the Eos is that it is built at the AutoEuropa Plant in Palmela, Portugal, just south of Lisbon. As a person of Portuguese heritage, I feel as if I’m coming across a kindred spirit each time I pass one on the road.

-Paul