2002 Volkswagen Eurovan

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I’m whole-heartedly behind the thought of an event vehicle, as I want to be able to tow my Audi Coupe GT track car to the event. Why? Well, as fun as it is to drive, driving it hundreds of miles in race seats on race suspension with no radio and no A/C gets…well, trying. But when it comes to towing even something fairly light like my Coupe, the Vanagon is a no-go.

Many years ago I was surprised when a friend of mine arrived at the track towing his E30 M3. It wasn’t that he towed it there, it was what he towed it there with – a then new VR6 24v EuroVan. I starred at the Volkswagen in disbelief; it just shouldn’t have been able to do it, but he assured me that it towed quite well, had room for many or much, and was very comfortable. There’s additionally the benefit of having a dual purpose vehicle; while many “tow vehicles” spend a lot of their time stationary, the EuroVan easily transforms with no modifications to a family truckster with room for most of your child’s grade school class. Even the non-weekender, when pushed, can further double as a light camper. My nomination then for “GCFSB Company Vehicle” is the VR6 24V EuroVan GLS, like this brilliant red one today:

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Year: 2002
Model: Eurovan GLS
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,485 mi
Price: $9,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 Volkswagen EuroVan GLS on eBay

2002 VW EUROVAN. Nice and Sharp Looking loaded with most of the options. Texas Owner so there is absolute NO Rust. compare it with the other vehicles being sold on the North East region with bunch of snow. Even with slightly high miles, it runs and drives awesome. Non Smoker. Engine sounds great and transmission shift swiftly. Here is some of the recent service history:

Replaced the water pump in January
AC repaired last summer so it is cold
flushed auto trans fluid and new filter last summer following recommended procedure
ABS clock spring replaced last year
New MAS, recent VW dealer-installed rear rotors and pads.
New VW dealer battery.

TX vehicle : Solid southern vehicle. Rust free. Compare it with the other vehicles being sold on the North East region with bunch of snow.

Non Smoker : No smoking, Clean interior without any odor.

Bottom Line: Our philosophy of selling a vehicle is very simple. We like to buy and sell a vehicle that We would like to keep for our family. We are pretty sure that you will admire this beauty and will love to own this for many years to come. We would like you to come and see the difference in experience. If you’re coming from out of town then we will pick you up from the airport. All vehicles come with Full Tank of Gas and fresh oil change and hand detailed.

Please contact us at 713-955-1052 and set up an appointment to see this beautiful vehicle. Please note we don’t finance vehicles or take any trade ins. Don’t let this opportunity pass you by and act now and get a great deal. Lowest price doesn’t mean there is anything wrong with the vehicle. It has clean title with no liens.

Although I’d wish for the more rare Porcelain Blue as the shade of choice, otherwise this EuroVan is just about perfect to me. The GLS carried the alloys unlike the base model’s hubcaps, and this unit looks sharp all around with only light signs of use. Recent maintenance seems up to date, and the price seems pretty much spot on for a T4. That price, you’ll note, is substantially less than the Weekender/Westfalia editions. Use those savings to rent a hotel at the event you go to for the next several years. It may not be as “romantic” as camping trackside, but I promise the experience will leave you both happier and – if you’re heading there with your wife – married. The only thing missing from this EuroVan? Our logo splashed on the side and a trailer hitch to tow the GT. Sign me up!

-Carter

10K Friday: Seeing Quattro? 1994 S4 v. 2000 S4 v. 2004 S4

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Last week I wrote up one of the nicest S4s I’ve seen in a while; and like death and taxes, immediately afterwards another popped up. Point to you, Internet Gods. It got me thinking a bit, though; prices of the three first generations are all falling into line with each other, with good examples of early cars rising, B5 generation static and affordable, and the B6 still falling slightly. It offers a unique chance to own one of three cars with the same name, same purpose, and same manufacturer but very different personalities. Today’s 10K Friday then is between the venerable C4 1994 S4, the beloved B5 2000 S4, and the silky smooth B6 S4. Let’s start where it all began with the 1994:

Year: 1994
Model: S4
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 82,651 mi
Price: $11,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Audi S4 on eBay

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You are looking at an impressive piece of AWD German engineering that is advanced even by today’s standards. This is an original Audi S car with the 20-valve 5-cylinder turbocharged AAN born of Audi’s World Rally Championship heritage. It is increasingly rare to see this kind of S4 in this condition, color and low original mileage. I am a meticulous Audi enthusiast and have cared for the car accordingly.

Condition:
Mechanical – very good – No fluid leaks, maintenance is up to date, only synthetic oil (either Castrol GTX or Mobil 1) with BG MOA oil additive was used. The timing belt is up-to-date as conveyed to me by previous owner and good to go until 100k miles. I of course had my certified Audi mechanic inspect it anyway upon purchase and he confirmed the condition of the belt (good with no cracks/imperfections) corroborates this. November of last year I flushed all the fluids including brake fluid, transmission fluid and coolant (Audi red). The clutch is original to my knowledge, is tight and in great shape. I only ran Shell, Conoco or Diamond Shamrock premium gasoline.

Notable mechanical repairs under my ownership include: stainless steel brake lines installed, valve cover gasket replaced, starter replaced, new brakes and rotors two months ago, and new power radio antenna. NOTE: Pre-purchase mechanical inspections at local and reputable Audi shops are welcomed at the expense of the interested party provided my schedule will allow it and it isn’t too much of an inconvenience. These must be completed prior to the close of the auction sale.

Interior – Immaculate. No rips, tears, odors or stains. The driver’s floor mat is somewhat worn.

Body – very good condition. No dents or door dings that I am aware of, nor other imperfections. I wash it, wax it and condition the interior leather on a monthly basis if not more frequently.

Paint – Freshly waxed it looks brand new.

Upgrades – I’ve upgraded the brake lines, the wheels to the B5 S4 Avus 17″ wheels (perfect shape), had an aftermarket power antenna installed (black instead of silver) and the balance of the car is OEM.

Features: You get an AWD platform that excels in all weather conditions, a legendary and very reliable power plant in the 20-valve turbo, 5-speed manual transmission, wrapped in a gorgeous body and it comes with every option Audi could dream of for that year. It doesn’t get much better.

History: This is an original Colorado car. The first owner bought it here, retired eventually and liked the car so much he took it to Hawaii with him. After a period of time there, he sold it. I believe I bought it from the second owner there in Hawaii and had it shipped back to Colorado, making me the third owner. I am selling it because I am saving up for a home purchase. This car comes with a clean Colorado title and clean Carfax available upon request. NOTE: This is my daily driver at present and mileage will go up accordingly.

Payment: This sale is an auction-style sale. To retain the vehicle, the winning bidder must provide a non-refundable $500 deposit via Paypal within 24 hours of the conclusion of the auction. The balance of the funds must be paid to me through certified check drawn off a verifiable bank or cash when the agent, shipper or buyer arrives to pick up the vehicle and title no later than one week after the close of the auction sale.

Shipping: I will help out with this as much as is reasonably possible, but the buyer is responsible for all shipping arrangements.

Finally, please feel free to ask me any questions and I will answer them to the best of my ability in as timely a manner as possible. Thank you and good luck!

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The “Ur-S”s are loved by there owners and desired by many in and out of the Audi crowd. Although they were really an evolution of the 200, they were a revelation in the all-weather high-performance sedan and wagon category. The seller notes that the AAN is legendary, and these cars are pretty bulletproof through 300,000 plus miles. As we’ve mentioned many times, these cars hit the bottom of the market a few years ago and it has become hard to find clean examples. This particular model is one of the lower mileage examples that has come up for sale recently, and one of the very few that remains nearly stock. I have to admit that Tornado Red isn’t my favorite color on the big-body Audis, and the Avus alloys never seem quite right to me on this generation. Source a set of early D2 18″ Avus wheels (that never came to the U.S. – think the Ronin car), the 17” Boleros I mentioned in the last post, or properly the original 16×8 light and strong Fuchs to correct that problem. With the right wheels, I could probably live with the color. The maintenance and history seem good, so that just leaves the price – a little high to me, but as we’ve stated before – go find another. Maybe the C4 isn’t your thing, and you like the slick packaging of the car that replaced it – the B5 S4:

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Year: 2000
Model: S4
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 102,498 mi
Price: $8,883 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2000 Audi S4 on eBay

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Check out this older Audi S4 manual transmission car. Overall for a 14 year old car it’s in good shape. An older couple owned the car. The exterior is in decent shape and the same with the interior. This car because of age and mileage is being sold as-is no warranty expressed of implied. This car has not been through our shop and we recommend an independent inspection.

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There’s a lot to like here; the color combination, while not the most popular on the B5, looks sharp and fits the car’s profile well. I like the lighter interior to the often-specified black. I’m not a fan of the wheels, though that could be sorted with a quick call to the owner of the above 94. The 2.7 twin-turbo V6 has proven to be pretty reliable through high miles too; I have a friend with a highly modified 2000 that has just crested 300,000 miles with no sign of slowing down. That motor is also nearly as tunable as the AAN, with many pushing 400 plus horsepower. There are drawbacks; the more electronically dependent quattro system in the B5 doesn’t handle high power upgrades or snow quite as well as the more simple earlier C4 and turbo replacement is just about a guarantee on these cars as they get older; that necessitates pulling the motor and is an expensive job. Additionally, the B cars with their 4 link suspension often have a fair share of squeaks and rattles, but it’s nothing that any older German car wouldn’t experience. You could argue, then, that if the original car wasn’t your bag, maybe you should get the newest one you can on a budget – enter the B6 2004 V8 S4:

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Year: 2004
Model: S4
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 141,123 mi
Price: $10,995 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi S4 on eBay

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2004 Audi S4 100% Carfax Serviced

Clean vehicle history report

100% Carfax certified

100% Autocheck certified

Bose stereo system

Heated seats

Factory Recaro seats

Best color combo

White over black

2 master keys – 1 valet key

Arctic White exterior – Ebony Nappa leather interior

340HP, 4.2 LITER V8 engine – automatic transmission

Premium package – Originally $1,650 Package

Glass power tilting sliding front sunroof with sunshade and one-touch opening; Coming home device; Garage door opener; Driver power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic operation, passenger power heated chrome door mirrors with automatic and automatic operation; Memorized adjustment on door mirror position with six driver’s seat positions; Automatic operation rear view mirror; Compass; Headlight control with time delay switch-off and dusk sensor; Electric foldable mirrors

Heated seats – Originally $450 option

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Before you start in on me, I get that it’s an auto, but these are on the downward swing still and the tiptronic models are in general worth a bit less, so they fall into the 10K category a little more easily. The tip S4s with the V8 don’t have the lag issues the B5 experienced because of the nature of the V8 versus the blown V6 unit, so while it’s not for everyone the tiptronic isn’t as bad for a daily driver as you might think. I love the white on these S4s; they stand out and look properly German and clean. As I mentioned before I’m not as big a fan of the black interiors, though. Like the B5, the B6 has some known engine gremlins that will result in the mill being pulled out, but repairs between the two seem to be about the same cost if not slightly less on the V8.

If it were my money, I think I’d find it hard to pass up the B5. While that C4 is very nice and 9.9 times out of 10 I’d choose the earlier car, like the GTis I wrote up yesterday if I were paying top dollar for a particular model I think I’d hold out for a color I’d prefer as they do still pop up, albeit infrequently. The B5 seems to be the deal of the group; miles, color combo, and platform are right for a daily driver that you can have a lot of fun in on a budget, or modify into your dream RS model. Which would you prefer?

-Carter

Generation Gap? 1988 VW GTi 16V v. 1998 VW GTi VR6 (edit)

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In my recent Jetta GLi post, I took a look at two late model Jettas that were around the same price as an earlier A2 Jetta GLi 16v. In that post, I claimed that the Jetta was the red-headed step-child of Volkswagen. Well, if that’s the case, here is the good son – the GTi. Acclaimed as the original of the “Hot Hatch” market, the original A1 GTi gained weight before it even hit U.S. shores and never stopped eating. Each generation gained weight, options and complexity – and to make up for that, VW kept upping the power. From the simple 1.6 8V the original sported, it was up to 1.8 liters by the time it hit U.S. shores – then a few years later, gained 8 more valves, than another .2 liters in 1990, and finally made the jump to the narrow angle VR6 with its mighty 2.8 liters pumping out nearly double the horsepower of the original. Despite the changes, each generation has been revered by it’s own group of enthusiasts, and it’s rare to find original condition GTis over 10 years old. Today we have two examples that are pretty original from two very different generations -a 1988 GTi 16v and a 1998 GTi VR6. Let’s start with the 1988:

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Year: 1988
Model: GTi 16v
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 169,700 mi
Price: $6,950

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen GTi 16V at Experience Cars

1988 VOLKSWAGEN GTI, black, must see to appreciate. Very rare to find a GTI in this condition. runs and drives excellent. Alarm system, stereo abs brakes, air conditioning, alloy wheels, anti-lock brake system: 4-wheel abs, body style: hatchback 2-dr, cargo volume: 17.50 cu.ft., cassette player, curb weight-automatic: 2653 lbs, curb weight-manual: 2565 lbs, driver airbag, engine type: 2.0l l4 sohc 8v, front brake type: disc,front headroom: 37.50 in.,front hip room: 51.60 in.,front legroom: 42.30 in., front shoulder room: 54.00 in., front spring type: coil, front suspension: ind, fuel economy- city: 22 – 24 miles/gallon, fuel economy- highway: 29 – 31 miles/gallon, ground clearance: 4.80 in.,manual sunroof, maximum payload: 1072 lbs, maximum towing: 2000 lbs, overall height: 56.20 in., overall length: 160.40 in., overall width: 66.70 in., passenger airbag, passenger volume: 86.80 cu.ft.,power door locks, power windows, rear brake type: disc, rear headroom: 37.40 in., rear hip room: 52.10 in., rear legroom: 31.50 in., rear shoulder room: 54.60 in., rear spring type: coil, rear suspension: ind, rear window defogger, standard payload: 1072 lbs, standard seating: 5, standard towing: 2000 lbs, steering type: r&p, tachometer,tank: 14.50 gallon,tires: 195/60r14, track front: 57.50 in., track rear: 57.00 in., turning diameter: 32.80 in., wheelbase: 97.40 in., 169,700 miles, VIN: 1vwdc0176jv036393, Don’t miss our Big April Spring Cleaning Sale April 4-7th! Huge discounts on over 150 cars and trucks! Experience Cars at 2500 North Carson Street in Carson City; Experience the Difference!

This car is pretty interesting – it has the bumpers and headlights from a later model (1990 up) but is listed as an early car, which would mesh with the lack of automatic seatbelts. The bumpers are easy enough to swap, but most people don’t swap the fog lights in too. However, that attention to detail may indicate that the previous owner was a fanatic or enthusiast which is verified by the condition of the car – certainly better than most that you run across despite the mileage. The dealer offers little information but does claim ABS, something that didn’t appear until the Mk.3 GTi, but then they also say it’s an 8 valve when it clearly has double that. That may raise some warning flags, especially considering the price of the car. If the price and peaky 4 cylinder of this car are enough to push you away, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; in this case, more Tornado Red in the form of this VR6 GTi:

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Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow angle-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 151,270 mi
Price: $2,595 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on Web2Cars

Fun little car that can save you money at the gas pump.

I have to thank the dealer for the overwhelming amount of information on this one. It appears from the Speedline-made wheels and shift knob to be one of the more desirable “Driver’s Edition” GTi VR6s. 1997 GTis were the only Driver’s Edition, while 1998 received the DE bits. It seems that A3 GTi VR6s are hard to come by in good original condition, but this one appears to be so. This is made even a bit more special by being one of the limited edition. Typically these cars are either heaps or heavily modified so it’s neat to see a clean original one, even if the miles are slightly higher. These are fun cars to drive, are fairly easy to work on, and reasonably cheap to keep running. The A3 doesn’t enjoy a reputation for being the most trouble-free Volkswagen ever made, but my experience overall owning a 97 Golf also in Tornado Red was pretty positive. There were some issues to overcome, but it was a great driving car and this one would be all the better with that sweet VR6 note these put out.

At half the price of the 16V, even taking into account the 16V is a harder car to come by in this condition, I’d have to go for the VR6. I do love the 16V GTis, but were I in the market I’d probably hold out for one in a color I’d prefer as this car is priced towards the top of the market. The VR6, on the other hand, looks great, is a great color, and is priced at the sweet spot to jump into ownership without too many concerns. Complaints about the Mk.3 compared to the Mk.2 were the same from Mk.2 to Mk. 1 – too big, too heavy, too complicated; these factors lead enthusiasts to claim VW lost it’s way and the original intent of the GTi. But looking at the fairly lightweight Mk.3 in comparison to the heavyweight Mk.4 and Mk. 5s, it’s downright tiny and relatively simple.

Which one would you have?

-Carter

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.
Loaded with st suspension from (http://www.stsuspensions.com/) . BEAUTIFUL TORNADO RED EXTERIOR WITH BLACK LEATHER INTERIOR. LOADED WITH HEATED SEATS, DSG AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION W/ PADDLE SHIFTERS, R32 #4608-5000, 4MOTION ALL WHEEL DRIVE, POWER SUNROOF, NAVIGATION, STEERING WHEEL CONTROLS, DIGITAL INFO DISPLAY, DUAL CLIMATE CONTROL, ALUMINUM TRIM, TEMP/COMPASS GAUGES, ESP TRACTION CONTROL, DUAL EXHAUST, REAR SPOILER, XENON LIGHTS, 18″ ALLOY RIMS, IN-DASH CD PLAYER/AUX/IPOD DOCK CONNEC, AND MUCH MUCH MORE. I ONLY USE MOBIL SYNTHETIC OIL. Please call me if you are interested.
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.

-Brian

2008 Volkswagen R32

Starting in 2004, VW has started the every four year tradition of releasing an R version of the Golf. Starting with the 2004 R32, these cars were an instant hit with VW enthusiasts, and performance enthusiasts alike. With a 240bhp narrow angle V6 (VR6) 6-speed manual gearbox, and Haldex AWD these cars are capable on the road, and at track days. While the first generation was a hit, the second generation R32 was met with much hesitation among enthusiasts. Based on the MK5 platform, the 2008 R32 offered the same VR6 torque monster, however the 6-speed manual was replaced with VWs DSG dual clutch gearbox. While the DSG was a technological masterpiece, with launch control, and split second shifts,  it still left manual lovers shaking their heads in disgust.

As polarizing as the DSG gearbox is, the R32 still possessed all of the elements for success. With the 3.2-liter, 250-horsepower V-6 engine, six-speed double clutch transmission, Haldex 4 AWD system, electromechanical steering the MK5 R32 did its MK4 predecessor proud.

This Tornado Red on Black 2008 R32 for sale at VW of Oakland is sure to be a cop magnet for whoever buys it.

2008 VW R32 on Cars.com

This is a car that I’m on the fence about.  I have driven the DSG, and it is a great transmission for flogging the R32, but it tends to be quirky around town in everyday situations.  no matter how great it is on paper, I still missed the visceral feeling of ripping through the gears.  All that aside, this 10K mile car is one of the cleaner R32s I’ve seen for sale.  At around 2500 miles annually, this car has seen an easy life.  The asking price of $26,991 (cars.com has an older price advertised) is right where it should be for a car this clean, making it a great deal no matter what your position is on the DSG gearbox.

-Brian