1988 Volkswagen Quantum GL5

Long before Volkswagen started its march to market dominance, the 1980s were a bit of a patchwork in terms of the US product offerings. While the Golf, Jetta and Cabriolet were relatively decent sellers, there were other cars in the lineup that lagged behind the competition in sales, even when they were competitive when it came to equipment and driving fun. Case in point the Quantum, or what is now known (and always was to the rest of the world) Passat.

These sedans and estates offered a bit of upscale engineering at Volkswagen prices, with the Audi 2.2 liter five cylinder engine under the hood. In 1986, Volkswagen unleashed the Syncro Wagon, which, contrary to its name did not share the Golf Syncro four-wheel drive system. Rather, this five-door had the Quattro four-wheel drive system from the Audi 80. The Syncro Wagon has a dedicated if small following, whereas the sedan is kind of a lost soul in the history of Volkswagen. This Quantum GL5 for sale in New York represents the final year this car was sold in the US, leaving Volkswagen without a mid-sized offering in the US until the B3 Passat arrived in 1990.

Year: 1988
Model: Quantum GL5
Engine: 2.2 liter inline five
Transmission: 3-speed automatic
Mileage: 88,836 mi
Price: $3,600 Buy It Now

1988 Volkswagen Quantum GL5 on eBay

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1988 Volkswagen Quantum GL5. 88,836 Original Miles
Engine: 5 Cyl, 2.5L
Transmission: Auto
VIN: WVWFB0323JE031913
Exterior: Red
Interior: Grey
Body Style: 4 Door Sedan

This very rare VW Quantum GL5 has GL trim, automatic transmission, power brakes, cloth seats, power windows, power door locks, power sunroof, tachometer, cruise control and air conditioning. Engine is in good shape, does not smoke, does not leak, nice and quiet. Transmission feels perfect, shifts without any problems, without delay, and without noise. Suspension is in excellent shape, car tracks nice and straight. There is no evidence of any electrical problems.

The exterior is in Excellent shape for a 1988. Cloth seats, carpet floor and glass are all in great shape. Interior of this car is nice and clean. This Quantum has four matching tires that are mounted on good straight aluminum rims. Our mechanics have replaced fuel pump as well as rotors and pads. It will be sold with a clear title and it will be sold as-is, where-is.

You just don’t see late model Quantums in this kind of shape roaming the streets anymore, making this auction a very unique opportunity. One glaring problem with this Quantum, for me, is that it is an automatic. It certainly would be a lot more fun with three pedals. But considering the gearbox and the price, this car might wind up as a comfortable commuter for someone or perhaps a first ride for a kid looking to stand out from the crowd. That is, if someone in the VW enthusiast community doesn’t snap it up first.

-Paul

1984 Volkswagen Passat CL

Badged the Quantum in the states, the early Passats are some of the most awkward VWs from the 80’s. As awkward as they are, they are some of the clearest examples of the Audi lineage that these cars share. These B2 models share the same longitudinal driveline configuration as the Audis and the parts bins for the rest of the cars are basically interchangable. This clean example of VWs ugly duckiling for sale in the Fatherland is something we could never see here, as these cars were often used, abused, and discarded.

1984 Volkswagen Passat CL on eBay.de

Vehicle is a two owner car, enthusiast owned! The car is rust free, its maintenance log is up to date. The log is available. The timing belt was changed 1,000 km ago. In the photos, you can see this vehicle is in pristine condition!

-Brian

1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX Estate

With Volkswagen’s recent sales success, it’s hard to think back to the 1990s and the struggles the manufacturer went through. At one point, the company was considering pulling out of the US market due to dismal sales running up to the early 1990s. Volkswagen averted crisis and saw it through, ramping up the release of several new models at the end of the decade which saw a resurgence in sales success that the company had not seen since the 1960s.

In 1997, as a new Passat was being prepared, this marked the end of the line for the B4 Passat, which went relatively unloved amongst consumers in the market for a mid-sized car. That was unfortunate, because the Passat offered German engineering at a low price and came equipped with two rather unique engines for the US market, a 1.9 liter TDI diesel, or this car’s 2.8 liter narrow angle VR6. This Passat GLX for sale in New York is one of the lowest mileage B4s I’ve seen over the last couple of months.

1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX Estate on eBay

1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX. Super Clean inside and out. Only 59k original miles. You have to come see, it is in really amazing condition. Garage kept, non-smoker. The options include: automatic, leather interior, moonroof, factory alloy wheels, factory AM/FM stereo, ice cold A/C, front and side airbags, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, ABS brakes, runs and drives as nice as it looks. This is truly an incredible find.

For under $5,000, I wouldn’t hesitate taking a flyer on this five door, even if the B4’s reputation for reliability is less than stellar. The only thing that leaves me wanting for more is, of course, the gearbox. The sweet VR6 deserves the one extra gear and level of involvement a third pedal would bring.

-Paul

1992 Volkswagen Passat G60 Syncro

After the Quantum’s exit from the US marketplace in 1988, Volkswagen decided to use the Passat name for the first time stateside. The B3 Passat was released in North America in 1990 with the 2.0 liter, 16 valve four cylinder engine. The 2.8 liter VR6 engine did not appear until 1992, but in between, there was a little known variant offered with the Syncro four-wheel drive system: the G60. Under the hood was the same supercharged 1.8 liter four cylinder engine that first appeared in the Corrado, producing 160 horsepower. This model was not for US consumption, but a handful did make their way to Canada. This G60 Syncro sedan for sale in Illinois is one of those few.

1992 Volkswagen Passat G60 Syncro on eBay

You are bidding on a extremely rare 1992 Volkswagen Passat supercharged G60 Syncro (AWD) sedan, which only 250 were sold in Canada. The car has zero zero rust! In showroom condition! New headliner, rebuilt supercharger, updated T-belt, newer clutch. Hella round headlights with HIDs, smoked tails from Europe, Clarion CD player, 274,000 kilometers about 170,000 miles, original Fuchs 15 rims with like new winter tires. Keyless entry alarm with remote start! A/C has been retro fitted to R134. New tints on the windows. Rear reclining seats! Bilstein shocks with H&R springs! The runs and drives perfect, can be driven all the way to Alaska if you like. Heating pads replaced in the seats. The HVAC controls are acting up so it will need to be replaced soon. Clean Illinois title in hand!

The B3 and B4 Passats were never known for their reliability, so taking a chance on this oddball with mechanicals more complex than your usual B3 Passat takes a brave soul. A car like this would more than likely appeal to the die-hard water cooled VW enthusiasts or for someone who likes obscure cars and lives in a climate that necessitates four-wheel drive. By itself, the B3 Passat isn’t a terribly popular car and didn’t sell in huge numbers. Even the best example out there might struggle to break the $5,000 mark. At a starting bid of $4,000 with this kind of mileage, I’d say this is all of the money for this car, if not more. I’m attracted to this car because it’s unique, but I’m sure maintenance and sourcing parts would keep you on edge.

-Paul

1977 VW Dasher Wagon

It needs to be said straight away, that I’m a wagon nerd.  My first car was a wagon, and I drive one today almost 20 years later.  Throw in the fact that I’m a vintage VW enthusiast, and this car pushes all of the right buttons with me.

In 1973, VW decided to experiment with a technology that was “foreign” to them…the radiator.  With the introduction of the B1 Passat in Europe, VW used the Audi 80 platform for their first water-cooled offering to replace the aging Type 4.   Rebadged as the Dasher for the US market in 1974, these cars were sold as a premium import wagon with prices well above the competition.  This is probably why they were late to hit their stride in the US, and why the B1 Dashers are as uncommon as they come.  Even more uncommon are clean examples like this one for sale in Hood River, Oregon.  It’s no surprise to me that such a clean example is available in the PNW, as it seems to be a safe haven for clean original water-colled VWs.

1977 VW Dasher Wagon on thesamba.com

Up for sale is my 1977 VW Dasher Wagon Wolfsburg Edition. It’s a manual 4-speed, Fuel Injected, 5-door, front wheel drive. This Dasher is NOT diesel. This car is in lovely shape. Daily driver and I would drive it anywhere. Completely stock, original paint. Minimal rust or dent issues. It has 113,000 original miles on it. I bought the car from the original owner. I have meticulous records of every fill up and oil change that this car has gone through since 1977. The car has the original factory window tinting, which is actually steel mesh screens that are mounted inside, over the windows. Plus it has the steel mesh sun shades on each rear passenger window. These actually pull down and retract. Original stereo, original clock, original upholstery, which looks really good, original carpet, which also looks really good. It’s missing one piece of chrome trim, over the front right wheel well (see picture). I’ve kept this car perfectly maintained and replaced parts as needed to keep it in running order. I’ve driven this car to Seattle and back recently (about a 600 mile round trip from where I live) and it ran perfectly. I’ve recently given it a tune up, which includes: new valve cover gasket, new fuel filter, new oil filter, fresh oil, tranny flush w/ new tranny fluid, new plugs, new plug wires, new air filter, new cap, new rotor, new points, so this car is ready to go. The car also has a fairly new set of really nice Toyo 800 ultra tires, with probably 75% tread life left. Also includes a pair of snow chains and the Bentley shop manual. Below is a list of new parts that I’ve had installed over the last six months. I have receipts for everything. These cars don’t really exist anymore, so putting a price on this car is very difficult. I’m asking $3,900, which I think is extremely fair. I have much more invested into it. I’m selling because of personal financial reasons. Clear Oregon title in hand. Cash only. No financing or trades please. If you’re looking for a really cool old car, but also something very practical, this is it. Please email, call or txt if you want to come take a look or take a test drive. Thanks shaneb@dakine.com or 425-501-1552
BRAND NEW PARTS INSTALLED in the last six months (last 1,000 miles):
-IGNITION COIL -WINDOW WASHER PUMP -WINDSHIELD WIPER MOTOR -CV BOOTS -DECELERATOR VALVE -AUXILIARY AIR VALVE -ALTERNATOR
-ALTERNATOR PULLEY -ALTERNATOR BELT -FUEL PUMP RELAY -VALVE COVER GASKET KIT -INTERIOR LIGHT SWITCH -TUNE UP PARTS (PLUGS, PLUG WIRES, FUEL FILTER, AIR FILTER, OIL FILTER, DISTRIBUTOR CAP, POINTS, ROTOR, WIPER BLADES)

With an asking price of $3900 this car is a bargain at $1300 below average retail.   This car is a great buy for the VW enthusiast that is looking for an early water-cooled car, and doesn’t want to pay the astronomical prices people are asking for MK1 rabbits in the same condition.  With water-cooled VWs on the climb, all be it a slow climb in recent years, whoever buys this should have no problem selling it on in the future for what they have in to it.  Seeing this car makes me wish I had an extra slot in my garage.

-Brian

1986 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro Wagon

In the spring of 1987, my father bought a brand new Volkswagen Golf GT. For those that forget, this was a warmed over version of the base Golf with GTI trim and the 1.8 liter engine. The car proved highly tempermental. My father blames this on the fact that this was one of the last VWs to be built at the Westmoreland, Pennsylvania plant before it closed its doors in 1988. But who really knows? I do, however, remember seeing a brand new Quantum Syncro wagon on the showroom floor when he went to pick up the Golf GT. Even as a kid, I was intrigued by these big VWs as much as I am today. Using the same mechanics as the Audi 80 Quattro, these were very versatile haulers that have a strong, close knit following. Today, these Syncro wagons are rarely seen, especially one in this kind of condition. This example for sale in Oregon has over 160,000 miles on the clock but I haven’t seen one this mint in years.

1986 Volkswagen Quantum Syncro Estate on eBay

Really good example of a QSW! 161K but looks like 61K. 2 owners, bought new in Palo Alto, California before moving to WA State. Always garaged, the wagon has original paint that still looks great, NO RUST issues anywhere, it’s super solid top and bottom. Never hit, body is very straight, no dents, a few small dings here and there but overall presents very well. All original glass, good trim, straight bumpers. Factory roof rack, cross bars are still in their original pouch in the back. Lights, signals, horn, wipers, washers – all working, no electrical gremlins.

Interior has held up great thanks to its garaged life, seats are still firm, upholstery all good with the exception of some minor fraying on the seat piping in spots. Driver’s seat shows no wear, amazing for the mileage of the car. Locks all work, windows wind smoothly. Unused ashtrays, never smoked in, car has no bad odors. Watertight in the rain and the drivetrain doesn’t leak oil. The car starts easily, doesn’t smoke, has good power, shifts well, I just took a 3 hour freeway drive in this car and it did great all the way. All gauges work, the temp gauge overheat light will blink on cold mornings but gauge shows normal readings and I verified with a infrared temp gun at radiator hose to confirm the car is running cool. No blinking at the gauge when warm so it must be some weird glitch when cold. Climate control needs looking into as it seems to be stuck on warm. 4WD indicator lights don’t come on when you pull the switch, I can’t say if the system is working or not, seems to drive fine the way it is and I haven’t taken it off-road to test. The car comes with all original manuals, a Bentley service book, and some service records.

I’d like a $500 paypal deposit within 2 days and the balance within 7 business days of auction end. Please, only serious bidders that are ready to follow through with this purchase. Reserve on this wagon is reasonable and the car offers very good value for the money. As you know, VW didn’t import very many of these Synchro wagons, they’re even harder to find in this condition.

If this were a perfect example of a Quantum Syncro, I’d probably estimate $4,000 or even a little bit over that would be reasonable, but with the climate control issue and the issue with the Syncro indicator light, there may be some repairs lurking. In that case, somewhere around $3,000 to $3,500 might be more of a reasonable price point. Still, I’d wager to say there are few Quantum Syncros out there without their mechanical faults, so this example would be as good of a place to start than any to feed your affordable all wheel drive wagon cravings.

-Paul

1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6

Over the last decade, the popularity of the Volkswagen Passat has increased at a rapid rate in the US market. After a redesign in 1996 (in Europe) that saw a move to the B5 platform shared with the Audi A4, buyers aspiring for something a little bit nicer in their everyday sedan took note. This popularity wasn’t always the case with Volkswagen’s mid-sized offering. In the early to mid-1990s, the B4 Passat was a dark horse in the sedan wars. It was the choice for someone who wanted to stand out a bit and enjoy Teutonic qualities at a lower price of entry than your typical BMW or Audi. With its VR6 engine and available 5-speed manual, though, it was also the choice for performance minded consumers. Here we have a low mileage, one owner, final year B4 on offer.

1997 Volkswagen Passat GLX VR6 on eBay

Gorgeous 1997 VW Passat sedan, low miles, lady owned, non smoker. Nearly perfect in and out, meticulously maintained. This is a one owner car that has been carefully serviced and gargage kept. The pictures tell the story but feel free to ask questions before bidding.

I have known a few people that have owned B3 and B4 Passats. To put it mildly, they weren’t the most reliable of transportation. From electrical issues to broken trim pieces and window mechanisms going awry, these cars had a reputation for self destructing as the warranty neared its end or shortly thereafter. So it is rare to see one of these B4s roaming the streets in such good condition. I’ve rarely seen a B4 for sale at more than $5,000 these days, but this one, depending on interest, may push that over the mark just a little bit.

-Paul

1987 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 GL

The Volkswagen B2 Passat, known as the Quantum in North America, has finally been put out to pasture. You read that correctly. It was announced recently that 2012 would be the final year for this venerable platform in China, where it is known as the Santana. When you think about it, though, there have been other cars with similarly long production runs. The Peugeot 504, Fiat 124 and Ford Falcon were designs that had a normal production span in their home countries but lived on for many years; their designs being licensed out in various other countries. This particular Passat represents the last year of the B2 chassis sold in Europe and has covered a scant 57,000 miles over the last 25 years.

1987 Volkswagen Passat 1.6 GL

One owner Volkswagen Passat. Ideal car for collectors and enthusiasts. Air conditioning and leather interior.

One advantage to buying a used car in Germany is that those which are roadworthy are usually in good nick. This is because the vehicle inspections administered by the TÃœV (Technical Inspection Association) are quite stringent, in typical Teutonic fashion. At around $6,500 USD, this is a lot of money for a Passat or Quantum of this vintage. By the time you would import such a vehicle, you might be looking at around another $2,000 in shipping and fees. A pipe dream for most, but for the dedicated Volkswagen enthusiast, it could be just the ticket. With its unique body style and condition, you’ll be the only one at the next VW meet with one.

-Paul

2010 Volkswagen CC

I thought it was about time GCFSB featured one of the prettiest mid-sized sedans to hit the market in the last few years: the Volkswagen CC. Devised as a more stylish alternative to the Passat sedan, The CC aped the four-door coupe concept from the Mercedes-Benz CLS but brought it down to a more reasonable price point. Available with the turbocharged 2.0 four cylinder or 3.6 VR6 engine, these rakish sedans almost made one wonder if Volkswagen overreached with the Phaeton luxury sedan and should have introduced something along these lines instead. The 2.0T engined variant seem to be more common, as new VR6 versions are cresting $40,000. Here is a two year old 2.0T automatic with the 6 speed DSG automatic transmission for sale at an attractive price point.

2010 Volkswagen CC on eBay

Lowest price in Florida for a CC! It has 42,300 miles and factory warranty. Great Condition, loaded with options. This is the 200 HP 4 cyl 2.0L Turbo and a great driver. Great gas mileage. Striking leather-look interior. Just off lease, fresh oil change. Always properly maintained.

Pre-owned CCs are inching down in price to where they are becoming an alternative to more sedate sedans such as the Camry, Accord and Altima. With the four seat configuration, these cars aren’t as practical as the competition, but appeal to the individual who can’t bear boring transportation. The asking price of under $17,000 is certainly tempting for a two year old near luxury sedan and I would wager to say the looks of the CC will withstand the test of time, as the car’s styling includes just enough flash without looking contrived.

-Paul

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