One of a Kind 1976 VW Rabbit VR5 Swap


As far as powerplants go, VW has been experimenting throughout the years looking for the perfect mix of economy, and power, and in many cases has been successful. However in some cases, they mostly succeeded in creating an oddity…enter the VR5. The VR5 had a pretty healthy run in the Passat, Bora, and some Skoda models outside of the US market as an alternative the staple 1.8T.  But what is it really? Well, because of the very narrow angle of the “V” it can’t be considered a true V5 engine, as all cylinders share the same bank. The V5 is more closely aligned with Volkswagen’s legendary VR6, minus one cylinder, so technically is’s staggered 5, and has more in common with the inline-5s used in the Passat and Audi Quattros of the ’80s.

No matter how you classify it, it’s a pretty stout powerplant that sounds like a cross between an audi quattro, and a Corrado SLC. Producing 170 bhp this 20v version of the V5 engine would make a big heavy Passat, or MK4 Bora jump off the line,  swap it in to a light MK1 chassis, and now you have something a bit ridiculous. That is exactly what the seller of this Oceanic Blue Swallowtail Rabbit did, employing the age old hot rodders recipe (big engine in little car) creating something the world has never seen before, and likely won’t for a long time.


Year: 1976
Model: Rabbit
Engine: 2.3 VR5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 132,800 mi
Price: $8,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: One of a Kind 4 Door Oceanic Blue 20V VR5 Swallowtail on VW Vortex


I have an addiction to locating and building classic custom cars and trucks and it always seems I have about 30 potential project cars in mind at a time… but space and money aren’t there unfortunately.. I’d like to start the process of sourcing my next big project and I need the cash from this to invest in the base vehicle. I am NOT in the need to sell this in a fire sale fashion and I will ONLY sell it to a buyer that I feel will appreciate the car for what it is and take care of it.

For anyone that is unsure. The FULL build thread from start to finish can be seen here:…n-blue-swallow.

Here’s a quick rundown of everything done to it. I’ll keep adding to the list as I think of things.. I forget half the work I put into these cars and it takes me driving them and thinking about it to remember.

1976 Ocean Bleu Swallowtail 4 door.
Hi option model with kneebar, all chrome exterior trim and passive restraint belts
Original Paint with some minor rust in exterior panels only (this is only visual stuff that isn’t structural)

Mechanical :

Worlds only running AND driving (one car just was started with one a couple weeks ago) V5 Mk1 and the only 20V V5 engine in the US (at least in a car)
Running the OEM Mk4 V5 wiring/injection with a sport tune by C2 Motorsports
Mk4 OEM Drive By Wire Throttle integrated into the OEM pedal cluster
VR6 Transmission rebuilt with a shorter 4 cylinder R&P
Clutch Cable Conversion using a mix of OEM parts and a custom cable mount on the transmission
BFI motor mounts in modified Eurowise VR6 engine mounts with a delrin rear trans mount and Eurowise axles
A/C, P/S, SAI, and all emissions stuff deleted
custom V5 header made from an OEM V5 manifold to a custom straight through2.25 exhaust system with a borla SS muffler.
custom 3″ core aluminum dual pass radiator
Custom aluminum intake tube with flipped C2 Motorsports aluminum MAF tube running into an OEM Mk1 Turbo Diesel intake box with K&N filter with drilled airbox
Original swallowtail diagnostic box has been converted to allow you to plug a flying lead in and scan the vehicle with VAG-COM
All new fuel lines, fuel tank, fuel pump, etc
new V5 specific parts: intake manifold and valve cover gaskets, crack pipe, thermo housing, water pump, exhaust manifold gasket, etc.

All original clear glass with NEW front windshield seal, and new chrome trim all around.
New thin chrome side trim
OEM Australian “Euro” small chrome bumpers
OEM early Post Golf Taillights
Chrome OEM Wiper arms
OEM front small duckbill
NEW full Klokkerholm floor pans and support rails welded in
Passenger frame rail notched and blended for OEM appearance
Early Chrome trim US spec Sidemarkers on all 4 corners

ALL NEW Copper/Nickel Brake lines (will outlast the life of the car)
new master cylinder
Converted to 9.4 vented GTI front brakes (new calipers and hoses)
new rear drums, shows, wheel cylinders and flex lines
new control arms with poly bushings
new rear beam bushings
new wheel bearings on all 4 corners
new ball joints and tie rods and tie rod boots (converted to later 19mm ball joints)
Early rebuildable front strut mounts with Audi 90 rubber mounts inside
Cheap-o front coilovers with UVAIR sleeve bags
custom rear airlift air struts
paddle valve air setup with controls in kneebar
new Viaiar Compresor and 3 gallon tank hidden in spare tire well
Air hose attachment for filling tires and running air tools attached to tank
Custom 2-piece 16″ OEM Porsche Fuchs 16×6 made to fit BBS Motorsport outer lips for customization with 20mm Raceland adapters
eurospec 165/40/16 Tires with one summer of driving on them

Rare Orange-Brown Interior with very nice diagonal stripe swallowtail door cards
Really nice original interior I sourced 2.5 full interiors to make this one nice one
NEW carpet in matching orange/brown color
golf ball shift knob
early eurospec super base model bakelite style swallowtail steering wheel (hard plastic real thin grip)
very nice (dare i say mint?) headliner
NOS base model swallowtail rear hatch prop rod (non hydraulic)
dash has some minor cracking but is in decent shape for its age
OEM silver gauge bezel with original (WORKING!) radio and dash speaker
Floor pans have been undercoated, seam sealed, and thermocoustic sound deadener pads put down under the carpet.
Heat and blower motor still work mint in the car!

Negatives/Things to mention:

The car was stored a good part of its life indoors when abandoned.. but it does have some rust in panels around the car. I have fixed ALL structural damage or rot on the car. Overall it is really solid since it was a car that was treated with a Rusty Jones type treatment for some of its life.

The drivers fender and A-Pillar have some small holes in them in the usual spot. I cleaned and rust proofed the windshield frame when I had the windshield to replace the seal a month ago the bottom of the drivers fender has a bit of rust.

The passenger fender at the bottom has rust where it bolts to the core support
Car is a true survivor and has dings and scrapes and minor dents around the car. View all pics in my build thread you can see every inch of it there.
I never got around to sourcing a Passat/Corrado g60 speedo cable to make the speedo work.. i just use my gps in my phone…
Recently I realized that the fuel level sender has cracked and isn’t sealing fumes from the tank out properly. A definite gas smell when you first drive the car.. I can fix before selling.. I drive the car A LOT so I may do it out of annoyance any day now…
rear window seal is original and cracked/split. It leaks into the trunk on heavy rains, but i keep it under a car cover most times.. just haven’t gotten around to it.. again I may do that soon if I get time..

I’m sure there are a lot more things I’ll add over the next days.. but I need to jog my memory (or just read the build thread). This car is VERY SPECIAL to me and it hurts me to think of selling it..

I’ll start the pricing as it sits with all mods and rare parts at: $8,000 OBO
If you begin to add up the basics of this car.. you’ll see that this price is definitely worth it.. figure a decent stock running/driving swallowtail with all the rare bits is worth 4-6K, the rare engine swap just to buy it and get it into the country would cost $2-4k
The wheels/tires- $2k+, all of the rare parts and new replacement parts, etc- $2k.. you get the idea. I’ll accept reasonable offers and I’ll consider working with someone by removing certain parts to get the price where they need.. but I won’t go crazy.


Having followed this build from the start, I can say that I’m sad to see the car go. I know the heart and soul it takes to build a car like this, from conception, to sourcing the parts, and all of the nights and weekends spent making it a reality, this is something you don’t do for the money. With all of those things considered, I’m surprised at the asking price. A swallowtail MK1 alone is a pretty rare and sought after car, throw in the rare parts and mods, and this car could fetch $8,000 with the stock engine. Now we’re adding in an uncommon engine and all of the engineering time and money to make it work, that bumps up the value significantly. All in, I’d consider this to be a $10,000 car all day long, making this a virtual bargain for the MK1 enthusiast that wants something no one else has.


1991 Volkswagen Golf G60

The GTI has always been the performance oriented Golf, but there’s been a few über Golfs that have graced the lineup throughout the years. Many VW fanatics are familiar with the MkII Rallye Golf. This was an all-wheel drive homologation special with box fenders and was powered by the 1.8 liter, supercharged G60 four cylinder engine. Built in Belgium, these special Golfs cost almost twice as much as a base GTI. Since then, we’ve seen a few more all-wheel drive Golfs, including the current Golf R. While the Rallye Golf was being sold, there was a cheaper, more tame option: the Golf G60.

The Golf G60 was another pumped up Golf that wasn’t available to US customers and featured the G60 engine in front-drive form. These lesser known Golfs are not too common, as they were launched in 1990 and were marketed for only about a year and a half. This particular G60 is on offer not too far from London and will be legal for importation to the US in a little over two years.


Year: 1991
Model: Golf G60
Engine: 1.8 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 135,403 km (84,135 mi)
Price: £10,995 (~ $16,769 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Golf G60 on 4StarClassics

The VW Golf Mk2 succeeded the Mk1 from 1983 and remained in production until late 1992. Volkswagen reportedly spent £500 million developing the Mk2. The car slightly grew in wheelbase, exterior and interior dimensions over its predecessor but still retained the overall look of the MK1 albeit slightly more rounder so to improve aerodynamics and reduce drag. During the life of the Mk2 there were a variety of updates and revisions to styling and trim, the most notable was the introduction of the ‘big bumpers’ introduced in the European market during the August 1989 facelift.

The success of the Mk1 GTi was continued with the sporty Mk2 GTi and to capitalise on the world wide success of the MK1 GTi. Volkswagen chose to release the Mk2 GTi in the same year as the rest of the fleet. The Mk2 featured a 1.8litre 8v engine but also a second engine choice, a slightly more powerful 16v variant followed shortly, the 8v displaying good low down torque and driveability while the 16v enjoyed high revs and more top end power. During its midlife update the 8v unit benefited from the introduction of a Digifant engine management system.

Popularity of the MK2 grew from the 1987 commercial “changes” in which Paula Hamilton bearing a close resemblance to Diana, Princess of Wales is seen leaving her husband, posting her wedding ring back through the letterbox, ditching her mink coat, throwing the house keys at the cat and dumping the pearl necklace BUT keeping the car keys – the tag line ‘If only everything in life was as reliable as a Volkswagen’. The commercial was a hit and changed the way cars were advertised from then on.

In 1990 the Golf GTi G60 was introduced featuring the 8v 1.8 with a Supercharger, wider wheel extensions, BBS alloy wheels, tinted rear lights and clear front indicators. The engine delivers 160bhp and a very impressive 166ft lb of torque.

Supercharged, Wide G60 arch extensions, 15″ Lenso alloy wheels, Smoked rear lights, Brilliant black (LA9V) paint, Central locking, Full black leather (PL7) interior, Trip computer, Sunroof, Alpine head-unit.

This rare and desirable G60 is finished in sparkling (LA9V) brilliant black and is in excellent shape with no dents, scratches or signs of corrosion. The only negatives to the paint being a couple of minor stone chips to the front. All of the plastic trim and body kit are in good order with no signs of fading or damage and the factory Hella lights on the front are free from chips or cracks as is the windscreen and other glass. The original VW sticker is still inside the boot confirming the specification and that it’s an original G60.

A rare option on the G60’s is the (PL7) leather option which really improves the look and feel of the interior and sets it apart from the standard Mk2s. The leather remains in excellent order with only the smallest amount of wear to the drivers bolster and some discolouration and marks on the steering wheel. The door cars are also very nicely trimmed and show no signs of wear. The boot area is perfectly clean and the space saver wheel and tool kit are neatly stored under the boot carpet.

The car comes with an excellent history showing plenty of maintenance work and light regular use. The engine benefits from some mild modifications to improve drivability, these include a stage 3 supercharger, 68mm pulley and performance a performance tune. The engine runs very well and makes a fantastic noise as the supercharger winds up. The cambelt service was done less than 3k miles ago in 2010.

The alloys are all in excellent condition with no signs of corrosion or curb marks and are shod in a matching set of Yokohama tyres. The brakes and suspension are all in fine order and the car recently benefited from some new front discs, pads and shocks. Since arriving at 4 Star it has also had a brake fluid service.

The car was first registered in Germany in May 1991 and was then imported to the UK in 2004. The history file contains a certificate from VW confirming its originality along with lots of German history and the import certificate. Since being in the UK all the history has been kept which includes parts and service invoices, all the old MOT certificates and tax disks. The last service was done in 2011 at 81,670 miles. The car also comes with the original VW sales brochure and 3 keys. The mileage is 135,403 KM with equates to 84,135 miles.


This dilemma some people may reach with the Golf G60 boils down to one word: Corrado. Why not buy Volkswagen’s sport coupe from the 1990s with it’s similar engine? Well, the Golf G60 is certainly an unorthodox choice for VW aficianados and you’ll be in more rarefied air than if you owned a Corrado. Then again, only the most astute VW fan will be able to spot one of these in a crowd. This particular seller always does an excellent job of photographing their stock. It makes these cars look showroom new. While the mileage is low for a MkII, the asking price is a lot more than anyone could reasonably consider spending, at least in the US. It’s hard to say what it would be worth once it’s legal stateside, but I would be willing to hazard a guess of somewhere around half of this asking price.


1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI

It’s always hard to top the original. The MkI GTI is revered for being the progenitor of the hot hatch breed, remaining a top choice to this day for those who want affordable, practical thrills. The MkII GTI has steadily been gaining traction in the VW enthusiast realm as the GTI to have if you want a little bit more size and comfort to go with your hot hatch formula. However, it’s hard to find a MkII that hasn’t been tinkered with. Two decades have passed since the last one left the showrooms and with that comes a spate of modifications that run from VR6 engine swaps to ones with slammed suspensions, appealing to the stance crowd. But, every now and then, a true unmolested MkII will surface like this one for sale in North Carolina. This is a higher mileage car, but has been given the attention it deserves.


Year: 1987
Model: Golf GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter 8V inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 207,000 mi
Price: $5,600

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1987 Volkswagen Golf GTI on The Samba

Golf GTI, Mint Condition, Always Adult Owned, Price: $5,600

For Sale: “Tornado” Red, 1987 Golf GTI 1.8L 8V 207K. All original, unmolested, unmodified 2 adult owner vehicle. Have every service recored since it was new and original window sticker from dealer lot. This is your chance to own a fun reliable hatch back with all the features of a modern equivalent vehicle at a fraction of the price.

Has been heavily serviced in the last year, all factory correct parts used, including; new clutch, transmission seals, tall ratio 5th gear, clutch “finger”, pushrod, pressure plate, drive shafts, alternator, complete shift linkages and bushings rebuild, new brake pads, brake master cylinder, valve cover gasket, heater core, thermostat, coolant flush, new VW specific antifreeze, ball joint, tie rod ends, steering bellow, cabin fan resistor, 4 new single direction sport tires with under 5000 miles…

Factory options include: Sunroof, power windows (motors work perfect no hesitation), power door locks, cruise control, intermittent wipers, rear window wiper, multi function indicator (avg speed, MPG, time, trip miles, oil temp…), air conditioning (system has been upgraded to modern freon, Ice cold), rear defroster, folding rear seats, power steering, electric adjustable mirrors, factory optional sunroof wind deflector, factory Recaro sport seats.

Other extras: 1 extra brand new never mounted snow flake wheel, full header back stainless steel Techtonics Tuning exhaust system with Borla muffler, Jetta dual port header, cylinder head replaced with new big valve head, new black headliner, extra original seat fabric, extra GTI badges, extra door handle, extra CSI fuel distributor, many extra parts…

I’m selling because I have too many vehicles and need to consolidate. Please call, text, or email Will Porter during reasonable hours (9am-9pm) at: (336) 908-two69four ALL REASONABLE TRADES AND OFFERS ARE WELCOME

Full size pictures here:


While it’s not the more desirable GTI 16V, there’s a lot to like about this MkII. The MkIII and MkIV generations added on pounds and size, so for those wanting one of the last originals, a MkII of any sort will suffice nicely. It’s not hard to tell this car has been adult owned, as it shows. It’s condition is impressive for the mileage. It would be a shame if a boy racer gets their hands on it though, as this is one particular car that should be preserved as it sits. If it is as good as it looks, $5,600 isn’t too bad a deal for such a mint MkII. Given the distance on the chassis, however, some bargaining may be in order and it’s nice to see the seller is open to offers. Ready for a nostalgia trip back to the 1980s? This is a good car to do it in.


1981 Volkswagen Rabbit LS Diesel

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About 2 years ago we featured a very clean, very low Mk1 Rabbit Diesel. That car stuck with me because of the simplicity of the modifications, cleaning up a classic design and making a great little cruiser with no performance pretensions other than great gas mileage. Today’s is a little lighter in shade of tan and styled slightly differently, but the main themes are there: clean, low, and diesel. Having covered just 114k miles in its 32 years, this car is an amazing survivor, especially when you look inside at the classic red interior. The headliner has been replaced, but holy cow those seats and carpet! The car comes with all the original parts to return it completely stock, which is great to have in the garage, but as it sits it would be an excellent around-town cruiser.

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Year: 1981
Model: Rabbit LS Diesel
Engine: 1.6l inline-4 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 114,000 mi
Price: $5,950 Buy-It-Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1981 VW Rabbit LS Diesel for sale on eBay

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Up Forsale is my baby, 81 Rabbit MK1 with 114,xxx original miles. I really don’t want to sell this car, but due to my financial state, I must. The interior is immaculate for its age, nearly perfect (pictures speak for themselves). It has a 4-speed manual transmission, 1.6L diesel engine which gets about 45 MPG.

Here is the story:

I bought the car from a tow yard. I believe this grandpa-owned vehicle was never owned up to, so they sold the car to me. Once I bought it, I opened up the trunk and saw a box filled with Maintenance stuff. This grandpa really took care of his car. I believe I am the second owner and this car starts like a champ, runs like a champ. Never failed me. I’ve done road trips with it without a problem. 100% Reliable, and will start without making any weird noises. You must see to believe that this car is in the Best shape for its age. It is my daily driver, so the mileage continues to rise at a slow pace. I get thumbs-up everyday, and break lots of neck. So if you like that attention, this is your car. This car is truly one of A kind.

Stock seats (front and rear) no rips or tears
Carpet has no stains
Matching red/orange Suede headliner done by Xquisit Designs
Installed a Kenwood Head unit in the glove compartment w/ HD radio etc.
Custom 6 inch Speakers on front door panels with tweeters in the dash board
(replaced 3.5 inch speakers on the dash board with tweeters)

A/C was disconnected by previous owner
Nothing wrong Mechanically
Diesel gets about 45+ mpg

Removed both front and rear bumpers (will include them)
Removed Trim (will include them)
Raceland Coilovers (will include stock suspension)
Brand new ESM-002 Wheels 15×8 (will include stock wheels)
Brand new Federal Formoza tires (2 months old)
Front Tire Size 165/45/15
Rear Tire Size 165/50/15
Large Duckbill Lip
Overall Straight Body

Just simply clean.

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Clean diesels (in looks, that is…) have been solidly climbing in value as their durability and efficiency are finally appreciated in this country. The well-chosen modifications on this Rabbit combined with the ability to put it all back to stock, should you choose that route, make this a fantastic example. Yes, it’s a lot for a 1981 Rabbit, but a GTI this clean would be going for a few thousand more, so I think the seller’s price is reasonable.


2004 Volkswagen R32

While the GTI has been the standard bearer of hat hatch performance for Volkswagen since the 1970s, there’s been a series of even hotter production Golfs over the years that have taken the formula one step further. The MkII Rallye Golf was the first of these über Golfs, bringing a supercharged engine and four-wheel drive to the equation. Over a decade later, Volkswagen would release the Golf R32, based on the MkIV platform. The VR6 had already been in action for about a decade by the time this model came around. Instead of the supercharged four cylinder, a larger, 3.2 liter version of the VR6 was employed mated to a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive.

This R32 is for sale by our reader Buzz. It is a one owner car that looks barely broken in, which is not surprising since it has done less than 20,000 miles.


Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 17,600 miles
Price: $18,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on Craigslist Reno


For sale: 2004 VW R32

Standard Features:

V6, 3.2 ltr engine
Manual 6 speed
Traction control, ABS
Power windows & door locks
Cruise control
Tilt Wheel
AM/FM Stereo, Cassette, CD
Dual Air Bags, Side Air Bags
Sun Roof
Alloy Wheels
MPG: City 17/Hwy 24 (manufacturer statement)

Purchased new at Lithia VW in Reno. Single owner car, only 17,600 miles!! Yes, that’s all. Smoker car but has just been professionally detailed for sale. Silver with black leather interior. Sport seats. Vehicle belonged to a deceased family member. Please e-mail reply to this ad or call Seven75-85two-5three2nine. $18,900.00


The MkIV Golf earned a bit of a reputation for being cantankerous. I experienced this behavior first hand as I owned one of the last MkIV GTIs that were produced with the 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. I had that car for two years and sold it the day the warranty expired. The R32, although it may look similar, is an entirely different proposition. It’s a car that I’d be willing to overlook any potential faults and there is a big performance upside. A part of me still wants to live out that VR6 engined GTI fantasy from my youth, as my MkIII and MkIV GTIs were four cylinder models. An R32 as nice as this keeps that desire burning.


1984 Volkswagen GTI

Possibly my favorite car of all time, the 1984 US Spec Rabbit GTI is just an all around fun car to be behind the wheel of. The 94bhp Bosch CIS injected four cylinder is certainly not an autobahn burner, but coupled to the quick ratio 5-speed gearbox, it’s a quick little car that can surprise a lot of others off the line. Unfortunately, it’s all over by the time you hit 40 mph, but at least you had your moment of glory.

The true magic of the GTI isn’t in a straight line, rather in the twisties. These cars were made for corners and when pushed to the limits remain poised and confident. Push them a little further and you’ll get a slight lift from the inside rear wheel as a gentle reminder that you’re approaching the limits. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again, the Rabbit GTI is by far one of the most fun cars I’ve ever driven, which is why I keep one in my garage at all times.

This well kept silver over blue GTI for sale in Calhoun, GA would make a great addition to any German car collection.

Year: 1984
Model: Rabbit GTI
Engine: 1.8 liter inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 106,000 miles
Price: No Reserve auction

1984 Volkswagen GTI on eBay


First of all, I cannot say enough about the excellent condition of this car. I have personally been a VW mechanic and enthusiast for 15 years and bought this car to be part of my collection just a couple years ago. When I ran across this car I was shocked at the over all condition.To start with its a very original, unmolested, rust free example. (Folks, the battery tray in this car isnt even rusty!)

Its easy to see that this car has been “adult” driven and taken care of. The car is very tight in all respects. The doors etc. open and shut like they should, and the car drives straight and true. There is no suspension noise whatsoever and the shocks/struts feel great. The clutch, shifter, and transmission operate flawlessly. In driving the car, its easy to notice that this one hasnt been abused. The odometer reads 106K and works.

The body of the car is as straight as can be. Upon purchasing I decided that the car needed to be “preserved” just the way it was, so, thats what had to happen. While I liked the original, sunburnt paint on the car, I knew that it something should be done to preserve it. I started by dismantling the car and taking it to the body shop. The car was properly prepped to accept clearcoat and was sprayed with PPG concept clear. I then had the trim re-dyed (not painted) and had the bumpers media blasted and painted with all of the associated hardware and brackets. I spent a great deal of time cleaning the grill and embelms and re-installed with new hardware. The headlights, turn signals, and tail lights are all NOS. While in the process, I had a new windshield installed. I used new window seals in the doors where necessary.

As far as the interior goes, the carpet is original and in very nice shape. I installed a new headliner and cleaned/detailed things a bit. The dash is nice, clean, and without cracks. I sourced a NOS shift boot and “golf ball” shift knob just for the cause. The seats are nice, vibrant and without any rips or stains. How long has it been since youve seen Rabbit Gti seats that were this nice????

Since the original wheels were in such nice shape, I decided just to leave them alone. The tires have a good %50 tread remaining. Mechanically the car is original and unaltered. Everything works as it should. I have installed a new fuel tank and pump recently. The engine doesnt rattle, smoke, or use oil. All of the motor mounts are tight, and in place. The transmission shifts great with no syncro grind or roaring. I converted the AC to 134a and it cools great. The heater works just as it should also. To make a long story short, the car really is a pleasure to drive and isnt a project like most of that are on the market today. Everything on the car works well and I really wouldnt be afraid to drive it anywhere.

This car has seen a mild restoration with regards to the finishes, which is certainly necessary for a car that has been abused by the sun for almost 30 years. While I understand the idea behind it, I feel like it would have been better either left alone or resprayed to silver, not the half way approach. That aside, this is a beautiful example of a well preserved GTI.

I like that the seller has this car for sale at no reserve to let the market speak. I think that when the market does speak, this car will see $6,500 to $7,000 when the perverbial hammer falls. These cars are great collectables and in this condition it’s a great driver too. If I had the cash and the space, I’d be all over this.


1998 Volkswagen Golf GL

Since we featured a cheap BMW 3 series yesterday, I couldn’t pass up following it on with this Mk3 Golf four door with a touch over 46,000 miles. You could file this car under cheap thrills or simply “don’t see ’em.” Almost all of these Mk3 Golfs have been used up to within an inch of their lives, with the errant mint GTI turning up here and there. But a four door Golf GL? What prompted someone to keep this in such great shape? Nevertheless, with an economical and reliable 2.0 liter four cylinder and 5-speed manual, this would be a great car for the university set or for someone in need of a commuter who doesn’t want to break the bank but enjoy decent MPGs along the way.

Year: 1998
Model: Golf GL
Engine: 2.0 inline four
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 46,360 mi
Price: $4,900

1998 Volkswagen Golf GL on eBay

Impressive 1998 Volkswagen Golf GL with a reserve below NADA. Only 46,000 miles on this gas saving classic. 5-speed transmission, gorgeous color combination, total gas miser. In a condition that is sure to impress you. Look closely at these untouched pictures and you will be amazed that this Golf is over fourteen years young. This is one great Golf GL! The exterior White finish is glossy and in tremendous condition with no dings or dents. The interior Grey cloth seating is soft and supple and extremely comfortable. There are no rips, tears or stains and the interior is odor free. This Golf GL will provide you with years of safe driving & enjoyment. Offered at a price that will not break the bank, this gas miser along with its great reputation for performance & dependability will supply its new owner with solid and inexpensive transportation.

The dealer states the reserve is below NADA, which would set the price at just over $3,500. Almost $5,000 is pretty steep for most Mk3 Golfs, this one included. I’d suspect $4,500 might be a good value to place on this car, as it is a bit over clean retail but accounts for the cleanliness and low mileage. With crank windows, a manual transmission and few electronic accessories, this car harkens back to more basic times and has me pining for my 1998 GTI 2.0. I miss that car, not because it was terribly fast, stylish or luxurious. Rather, it was honest, reliable transportation.


2012 Volkswagen Golf TDI

In a time when fuel economy reigns supreme with buyers, most blindly flock towards the hybrid offerings from manufacturers thinking that they’re getting the most fuel efficient cars available. While they are among some of the most fuel efficient, the trade off is driving something that resembles a suppository. Buyers for such things as the Prius, Insight or Volt are generally more interested in the “look at me” factor of those cars. For the rest of us, the answer lies in an old technology that has evolved into one of the most (if not the most) fuel efficient powerplants on the road: the TDI.

With highway MPGs in the 60 range, the 2.0l VW TDI is the fuel efficient car for those of us that aren’t in to the image as much as we are in to subtlety. This barely used Candy White Golf for sale in Bozeman, Montana is a great blend of efficiency and four door utility.

2012 VW Golf TDI on eBay



My 2012 Volkswagen Golf is a 4-door hatchback model. diesel. Clean-diesel fans will like the 2.0L turbo-diesel ‘TDI’ 4-cylinder. This Golf TDI model comes with a 6-speed manual. TDI models achieve great gas mileage, with EPA ratings of up to 30 mpg city, 42 mpg highway. Excellent variable-assist electromechanical power rack-and-pinion steering, strut-type front suspension and fully-independent rear suspension, the Golf is tuned to feel responsive, which goes well with the compact hatchback’s maneuverability and parking ease. Four-wheel disc brakes provide strong stopping power, and electronic stability control and anti-lock brakes are included. The Golf also rides quieter and with more refinement than other on-a-budget hatches. The 2012 Golf’s interior exceeds expectations for those seeking basic transportation, as it adds a little more pizzazz than other hatchbacks in its price range. The instrument panel and door trims are nicely detailed, and there are plenty of soft-touch surfaces. Front seats are adjustable for height and lumbar, and power recline feature. Rear seats are just spacious enough for most adults, and seat backs are split 60/40 and fold forward to expand cargo space up to 46 cubic feet; otherwise with them up, there’s 15.2 cubic feet–about enough for a standard load of groceries.

Includes power windows and locks, cruise control, air conditioning, a trip computer, a rear wiper and washer, steel wheels and an 8-speaker system with an auxiliary input. The Convenience Package adds heated front seats, Bluetooth hands-free connectivity, and a front armrest, sunroof, premium sound, SIRIUS satellite radio and iPod interface, 17-inch alloy wheels, heated washer nozzles, and foot well lighting and navigation system. I’ve driven this car in the snow here in Montana and it handles superbly. The roof rack shown in the pictures in not included. 

North American perception of diesels is still generations behind the rest of the world. In the US, many still have visions of the noisy, smokey and smelly Mercedes-Benz cars from the 70’s and 80’s. Since then diesel has come a long way and VW is leading the way. TDI technology is nothing new in the automotive world, with stateside offerings going back to the 90’s, but in recent years, VW has really pushed the TDI brand and diesels are finally getting the respect they deserve.

This TDI Golf offers everything that its competition doesn’t, a manual gearbox, normal styling and most importantly, power. With a Buy it Now price $1,500 below market value, the seller is certainly in the realm of reality with this car.



2012 Volkswagen Golf R

The GTI 2.0 we featured yesterday could be considering anything but blisteringly fast. Just a decade later, the R32 helped progress the hot hatch game. Now Volkswagen has now unleashed a 256 horsepower, all-wheel drive monster on the hot hatchback scene. The R is the automotive equivalent of the four year itch. Volkswagen had R versions of the 2004 and 2008 Golfs, which both featured the VR6 engine and the DSG automatic gearbox in the 2008 model. For 2012, Volkswagen has chosen turbocharged, four-cylinder power and the sole transmission available is a 6-speed manual. Available in two and four-door configurations, the two-door, non-sunroof/navigation model starts at a shade under $34,000. This lightly used R for sale in Texas is the “base” model and offers buyers a chance at this limited production hot hatch at a very slight discount.

2012 Volkswagen Golf R on eBay

Only 1K Miles, One Owner, Features Include: Bluetooth, Heated Seats, Climate Control, 6-Speed Manual Transmission, Xenon Headlights, LED Daytime-Running Foglights, 18′ Wheels, Touch Screen AM/FM Stereo with CD/MP3 Player, Aux-In Outlet, Satellite Radio-Capable, Leather-Wrapped Steering Wheel with R Logo, Steering Wheel Controls, Armrest with Storage and Rear Air Vents, All Wheel Drive, Turbocharged 2.0T Engine, Rear Spoiler, Black Grille with R Logo, Center Dual Chrome Exhaust, Tinted Windows, One-Touch Auto Up/Down Power Windows, Power Locks, Side Mirror Turn Signals, and Much More! Volkswagen Certified Pre-Owned means you not only get the reassurance of a 2yr/24,000 mile Bumper-to-Bumper Limited Warranty, but also a 112-point inspection/reconditioning, 24/7 roadside assistance, and a complete CARFAX vehicle history report.

The last time I visited a Volkswagen dealer, I spotted a four-door Golf R on the lot. The sticker price was a little over $38,000. Across the lot was a brand new Audi A4 2.0T Quattro sedan for around $34,000. The A4 is down 45 horsepower in comparison to the Golf, but I’d honestly save a few thousand dollars and go for the Audi. But that’s just one person’s preference. I’m sure Volkswagen will have no problem selling the 5,000 Rs that will be made available here in the US. And for those in colder climates, the all-wheel drive is certainly a draw.


2008 Volkswagen R32

How do you improve on the car that has been the benchmark for hot hatches? Add 50bhp, AWD with a haldex differential, a sporty interior, and aggressive styling. In short, the R32. The past three generations of the VW golf have been disappointing to say the least, straying from the original hot hatch, each generation has gotten larger, less nimble, and ultimately less capable.

With the 5th generation Golf, VW tried to go back to the roots of the nimble hatchback that enthusiasts fell in love with back in 1983. The MK5 R32 features the 3.2L narrow angle V6, with an exhaust note that dreams are made of. While many disagree with the choice to offer the DSG transmission only, it is probably one of the best transmissions in the segment. All in all the MK5 R32 is a huge step in VWs redemption, and certainly a step in the right direction for the Golf.

In “pull me over” Red over black leather, this R32 for sale in Seatac, Washington is a great alternative to a new GTI.

2008 VW R32 on eBay

I am selling my beloved limited .:R32 because there is only 5000 made! As you can see it is heavily modified with 3.2L 24-valve 3189CC 195Cu Engine Naturally Aspirates. R32 is more a fast, comfortable GT than a rip-roaring, apex-attacking super compact.
Yes, the Evo will leave the R32 behind on a tight twisty road and will outgun it in a stoplight sprint. But the Vee-Dub is still plenty quick enough, handles better than most drivers will ever need and would make a much better daily driver and road trip companion thanks to its smoother, quieter ride. The R32 is also more mature, as this performance car does without the gaping air intakes and wing-and-spoiler bonanza. It also has a nicer interior that gives off a neatly tailored European vibe typical of the brand. The center-mounted dual exhaust is the reason to buy this car.
The car has done 48,000 milles. I put on spacers on the rear wheels, it feels steady on the road. I had to get new tires last year, dsg transmission oil recently has been changed which requires every 40k miles.
Year: 2008
Body: R32 AWD DSG Auto w/ Nav
Title: Rebuild
Engine: 3.2-liter
Cylinders: 6 – Cyl.
Transmission: DSG – 6 Speed

Call me or text if you are serious about buying. 253.205.5346

Clean retail on the R32 is around $21,000, so even though this car is not CPO by VW, this R32 is a solid buy at $19,000. This is one of the cars that I’ve wanted to own sionce it came out, but going from a wagon to a 2 door hatch might be a little too much of an adjustment. Given that the MK6 is basically the same car as the MK5, the R32 is a great alternative to the new GTIs that are pushing $30K MSRP, or even worse, the Golf R with an MSRP of near $37K.