Wagon Week: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

You’ve probably noticed, but we have a few favorite specialty dealers here on GCFSB. One of which is 4Star Classics in Hampshire County, England. These folks really take the extra mile to present their vehicles well without making them overly glossy, which is a mistake made by many a forecourt. Good pictures and a comprehensive history go a long way towards moving the metal. So, continuing on with Wagon Week, let’s take a look at this immaculate 300TD for sale by this very dealer with under 40,000 miles. These are cars known for racking up epic mileage, so at this rate, we’re basically dealing with a new car in W123 terms. For fans of rowing their own, this is tasty number, as it comes equipped with a 4-speed manual; something we didn’t see much on these shores. Care to make a statement on the school run? This will have the hipsters drooling with envy.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1982 Mercedes-Benz 300TD at 4Star Classics

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Wagon Week: 2002 BMW 525i Touring

Walking home from work the other day, I spotted an E39 Touring on the street, which happened to be a 525i with a 5-speed manual. It was completely stock, resplendent in a dark blue metallic and I thought “has BMW ever had a more pleasing design than this Touring?” Even with lower mileage, these E39 Tourings are used car bargains nowadays, if you have the nerve and wherewithal to maintain them properly. This 525i Touring 5-speed manual for sale in Massachusetts is originally a California car and looks to have lived a well-cared for 150,000 miles.

Year: 2002
Model: 525i Touring
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 153,092 mi
Price: $7,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2002 BMW 525i Touring on BMW CCA Classifieds

After eight great years (I’m the second owner), it’s time for me to move on and hand over this beauty to someone who will continue taking good care of it and enjoing driving it as much as I did. Relevant info: Exterior: Titanium silver Interior: Gray leather Options: ZPP, ZSP, PDC, Xenon Birth certificate (look here for the complete option list): http://www.bmwarchiv.de/vin/gd50411.pdf

Mods: – Autodim mirror (wasn’t available on 525s at that time) – Seat heater retrofit for driver’s seat (passenger seat is wired, but has no heating pads) – Euro armrest with slide and storage – Euro taillights with clear blinkers (works great with silver color – just look at the photos) – Euro mirror glass driver side – Bluetooth TCU retrofit for handsfree phone calls (complete OEM functionality, including voice dial). – No mechanical mods. First owner had it from April 2003 to September 2005. The car lived in Carlsbad, CA. I bought it sight unseen (well, I had some photos actually), flew there to pick it up, put it on a truck to Boston, and then drove it daily for eight years. I’m selling it only because I felt I needed a change, so I moved to an X5 a couple of weeks ago.

This two owner car has me thinking: at what point does mileage become a concern? Sure, the E39 isn’t the most simple of vehicles when it comes to mechanicals and electrics, but I’d hesitate just to throw something like this away when it got old, especially given the cosmetics of this particular car. Who knows how much longer manual transmission wagons will be around, as every year that passes the third pedal becomes more of a oddity than a common option.

-Paul

Wagon Week 10K Friday: Which Road would you take?

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The C5 Audi Allroad was one of the better wagons Audi has brought over to the United States in recent memory. The car was available with initially only the 2.7 twin-turbo V6 out of the S4 and A6 2.7T, but later was also available with a 4.2 V8 making for a smooth operator. What differentiated the Allroad from the S6 was a neat package; out of the box, these cars came with height adjustable air suspension that made for both impressive ground clearance and sporty handling in the twisties. Today I’ve cooked up an interesting comparison between the two more desirable versions of the car; the 2.7T mated to the 6 speed manual and the V8 4.2 model. Let’s start with the manual:

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Year: 2004
Model: Allroad 2.7T
Engine: 2.7 liter twin-turbocharged V6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 127,000 mi
Price: $8,500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Audi Allroad 2.7T 6-speed on eBay

Hello! Up for sale is a 2004 Audi Allroad Quattro. This car is in a great exterior and interior condition. The color is very nice gray metallic and it’s the original paint. It has 6-cylinder 2.7T engine with all-wheel drive 6-speed manual transmission. Plenty of power combined with famous Quattro all-wheel drive system makes this vehicle the best for all kinds of weather conditions, especially for winters. This vehicle has currently a little over 127,000 miles. This car looks and drives like new and it’s very clean inside and out. Please, look at the pictures, they say it all.

This vehicle is fully loaded. It has black/grey leather interior, powered heated seats and rearview mirrors, 8 airbags, sunroof, power windows, premium Bose stereo system with 6 CD-player and satellite radio, dual climate control, cruise control, ABS, traction control, parking sensors, central locking, alarm, factory xenon headlights, fog lights, 17’ alloy wheels, roof racks and much more. It has all matching almost brand new Michelin tires.

The vehicle equipped with famous Allroad air ride suspension, which is a great feature. This system has no issues with lifting up and holding air for weeks. The engine and transmission work great. Timing belt, water pump and all possible seals and gaskets were replaced last week. Only original or high quality german made parts were used, no cheap junk. Check engine light never comes on, neither any other warning lights. No fluids are leaking, no smell of any kind, there are all new brake pads.

Since the vehicle is used, it does have its small blemishes, such as slightly worn headlight switch, dent on rear bumper, burn mark on driver’s seat and couple of almost invisible dings on the left fender, nothing major at all. Please, see the pictures. Radio and climate control buttons are in great shape. BTW, Audi has a recall for burned marks on the seats caused by heating element, so it can be replaced for free. This vehicle just passed NYS inspection and it comes with clean NYS title. If you have any additional questions, please feel free to ask.

Winning bidder to pay $300 deposit via Paypal within 2 days after the auction is ended. Bidders with the 5 feedback or less, please, contact me prior to bidding.

This car looks quite clean outside, and with some recent engine maintenance that’s a plus. The interior also looks quite clean and presents well. The Allroads are quite complicated beasties though, and though the seller claims the suspension works perfectly, you can bet either compressor or airbags are going to need to be replaced before long if they haven’t been already. It’s an expensive repair to undertake, though there are upgraded aftermarket parts now available. Alternatively, you can swap in steel springs from either a S6 or A6, though you loose the ride height adjust-ability obviously. Second downside? The two turbos; while they’re great for tuning, they’re more often than not a replacement item as the miles grow, necessitating removal of the motor. Those two things got you down? How about this unique V8:

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Adding the 4.2 changed the character slightly from the “wooshy” 2.7T to a more refined, torquey driving style with the V8. Ultimately, this relaxed the car and though on the books it looks very similar to the S6, it’s a very different car. This particular model is even more different than most, with it’s custom interior and monochrome paint scheme:

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Year: 2005
Model: Allroad 4.2
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 116,000 mi
Price: $10,500

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 on Craigslist.org

I have a 2005 Audi Allroad 4.2 V8 for sale.

It is a special order and comes with the matching fender flares and body molding to the Titanium Grey exterior. It has custom Black, Grey & Red leather seating and both front and back seats are heated with heated steering wheel. It has Sirius/XM integrated, Homelink, walnut trim in front and back. It also has the automatic and manual variable height suspension. It is automatic with Triptronic shifting. Bi-Xenon auto adjusting & leveling headlamps as well as front & rear fog lights. It has had all of the services done in the past 2000 miles and in the last 500 miles had the air suspension and struts replaced. It has new Michelin tires in the last 5,000 miles. It also has legal front and rear window tinting.

It has 116,000 miles on it which is good average mileage and has been mostly highway. I am asking $10,500 or reasonable offers. Email and calls are welcome. This is for local private sale for cash or bank check only. This will not be shipped, etc. Contact 5085057737 with questions. These ARE actual pictures of the car. More can be texted upon request. I am looking to sell by the weekend.

Scared of the turbos and the airbags? Check those two off – the suspension and service has just been done to this particular car. The interior is a bit over the top, but not garish and thankfully not too overdone; I think it’s probably liveable, though I don’t think it really suits the car particularly well. This example does have the rivited two piece wheels I like more in terms of looks, and the Titanium looks better than the Alpaca Beige.

Despite likely less issues with the suspension, I’d guess that most people would choose to grab the 6 speed. It’s a versatile, sporty wagon that maintains driving enjoyment. My parents had one for a while and I always liked driving it, though I dreaded the repair bills it generated. Still, I’d rather drive one of these and fix it often than end up in a Q5. They can even tow a reasonable amount of weight if you’re looking for a track hauler – just make sure both the car and trailer are light.

The question is, which Road would you take?

-Carter

Wagon Week: 1993 BMW 525iT

For those seeking versatility without too great a sacrifice of performance buying a wagon has always been an admirable choice. While BMW has produced quite a few wagons throughout the years, I don’t think I can remember the last time I actually saw one on the streets. Relative to their German counterparts at Audi and Mercedes, BMW is almost a non-entity in this market. To a degree that’s unsurprising given their self-identification as the ‘Ultimate driving machine’, yet it’s also a shame because so many of the BMW designs have carried over remarkably well when transformed from sedan to wagon. Nonetheless, these cars do exist and the example featured here should be had at a very reasonable cost. Here we have a 1993 BMW 525i Touring located in Philadelphia. It is an automatic rather than a manual, but that’s a forgivable offense in a wagon.

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Year: 1993
Model: 525iT
Engine: 2.5 liter inline-6
Transmission: 4-speed automatic
Mileage: 153,625 mi
Price: No reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 BMW 525iT on eBay

We have been a licensed Automobile Dealership in Philadelphia, PA. for the past thirteen years. We are primarily an Auto Wholesale Operation supplying other dealerships, and we are now listing select vehicles for sale to the public as well. I am the internet/wholesale manager and my name is Chris. Please feel free to call me with any questions at 215 669-6400.
We offer our online customers a full guarantee on the purchase of any of our vehicles. If you come here to inspect this vehicle and then decide for any reason that you don’t want it, you will be excused from purchasing it. The stated auction terms must be observed to maintain this guarantee.

This is a very clean 1993 BMW 525i Wagon in excellent condition. The owner really kept on the maintenance for this BMW and it runs and drives beautifully and there aren’t any warning lights on. This BMW is equipped with the CD Changer, and the double panel retractable sunroof, which opens in the front or opens in the rear for the back seat passengers. The retractable cargo cover is also included, along with all of the owner manuals.

We performed a safety inspection, as well as a maintenance service and road test on this BMW in preparation for sale. The engine runs very strong and smoothly, and the transmission shifts crisply. The tires were installed by the owner and are showing most of their tread. The oil & filter and the air filter were just replaced. All of the power equipment in this BMW has been checked and everything is working properly, including the air conditioning. The suspension and steering feel nice and tight.

The Green exterior of this Wagon looks great, and has been extremely well maintained. Other than some stone nicks, and a little ripple on the edge of the left fender, the only flaws on this car are very minor. There aren’t any dents or scratches, and there isn’t any body rust at all. The undercarriage is very clean, dry and in excellent condition as well. The paint is super glossy over the entire body, ad is not faded out anywhere.

The interior of this BMW is crisp, clean and very fresh. All of the leather seats are soft, supple and in excellent condition. There is almost no wear showing on the driver seat. The carpeting is fresh, clean and in excellent condition throughout this car. All of the trim panels and trim pieces are intact, tight and in excellent condition. This was a non-smoker owned vehicle, and there aren’t any smoke odors or burn marks inside this vehicle.

The title is clean and clear without any liens or encumbrances. This is a beautiful BMW that I wouldn’t hesitate to jump in and drive anywhere in the country.

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On offer with no reserve and with bidding currently at $2,501 this certainly appears to present a nice opportunity. The mileage isn’t low but we’ve seen many well-maintained BMWs surpass this mileage figure with ease. The paint looks good and the interior is clean so if it can come through with a good PPI then I don’t see much reason why a car of this mileage and condition couldn’t be bought, driven a few years, and then resold for a similar cost. Not bad for easy versatility!

-Rob

Wagon Week: 1973 Volvo P1800ES

Yes, it’s not German, but from time to time, we here at GCFSB like to feature the errant unique or fast Swede. And since it’s Wagon Week, what better way to celebrate the stylish shooting brake that is the Volvo P1800ES? Designed in-house by Volvo and available for two model years only, this 1973 example represents the final year this automotive oddity was offered. The car’s most unique feature, the rear glass hatch, is a design feature that was seen years later on the 480 and C30 hatchbacks. This particular P1800ES for sale in Oregon is a two owner car, having been sourced from an estate sale from a long-time owner.

Year: 1973
Model: P1800ES
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 128,056 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1973 Volvo P1800ES on eBay

This is my Volvo 1800 ES, current mileage is 128,058, and that is pretty accurate because when the speedometer went south last year I had it rebuilt without any drive time while getting repaired. I am the 2nd owner and had her for almost 2 years, mileage when I bought her was 125,662. I had been looking for an ES 4-speed with overdrive for about 3 months before coming through with this one. It was tough out there, had seen many but almost everyone had rust or rot issues and if you know these cars then you know rust can be a BIG issue. This one is rust free, no rust on the doors, no blistering at the seams, no rust or rot on the frame, floor pans, or spare tire well. It has had a repaint some time back by the original owner, paint is very nice but has some chips. I did go around the car with a magnet (as did the broker I bought it from) and found no Bondo. One of the hood hinges was frozen and had ginked the metal on the front edge of the hood. I pulled the hinge and freed it up and had the hood repaired though I did the added paint in that area which isn’t stellar but is adequate.

This was a California Blue Plate car but when I moved to Southern Oregon last Sept. I had to have the plates swapped out. Yes, I’m in Oregon but I’ve never driven her in the snow, rain or wet roads, I have other cars for those days.

I’ve done a few things to the car but not much was needed. I replaced a some of the side moldings because the former owner parked next to someone that like to swing open their doors with reckless abandon causing dings to both the moldings (which are soft aluminum) and the sides of the car. I had the brakes replaced and bearings checked and greased. I found a spare parts car and pulled off a few items and swapped whatever I thought was less then stellar. The front seats from the parts car are in her now, these are vinyl, the originals were leather but were dry and cracking.

There was an issue with the 2nd gear syncro so I had the transmission gone through and had a new clutch installed at the same time. They were also supposed to replace the rear main seal, and they may have, but I have a small drip and haven’t located the source, may be that.

All gauges work and are clear, the exception being the Water Temp which has a tiny amount of fog. The clock works and is the original mechanism. I had it repaired and not replaced with a quartz movement, it does run a little fast, picks up about 5 minutes every other week. It takes a very hot day to get the Oil Temp or the Water Temp gauges to go up but they do, this is just a very cool running car. The broker I bought the car from was a high end auto broker (he got it from the estate and never registered so I am the second owner) and he had mentioned going though the car fairly well and one of the things he did was a radiator flush / inspection, brake lines and hoses as well. He had also the tires so you’ll be rolling of four still fresh Goodyear Eagle LS2’s. The radio is a Blaupunkt AM / FM that I believe is original to the car.

Other than that, it’s a dream to drive, quick and sporty, very unique and gets compliments wherever I go. It’s been reliable and has no issues, drives straight with no shimmies or shakes, doesn’t smoke or burn oil. There is probably a lot more I can be telling you but I’m feeling like I’m writing a book, if you have questions please ask, if you need additional pictures, please ask. If you need to have the car inspected please ask. I will drive the car to the winning bidder within a reasonable distance but YOU have to get me home.

FOR SOME REASON THIS AD ONLY AND NOT MY OTHERS IS SHOWING MY 1800 ES LOCATION AS SUN VALLEY CALIFORNIA, THIS IS INCORRECT, THE LOCATION IS SOUTHERN OREGON, THE TOWN OF JACKSONVILLE, 97530.

I tried to correct this but can’t after receiving bids. I will try to have corrected thru customer service, sorry for this mistake and any inconvenience.

I appreciate cars such as this that have been sympathetically reserved rather than restored to the nines. It’s hard to find these in rust free condition, especially one that hasn’t been completely overhauled. At the high end, a decent P1800ES will set you back anywhere between $15,000 and $25,000. The patina of originality is a nice thing to have, so I’d suspect this particular car might reach around the $20,000 mark somewhere to the right buyer.

-Paul

Wagon Week: 2003 Audi S6 Avant

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Audi seems to value their wagons more than most companies, with a long history of wagon variants and perhaps most tellingly a history of producing their highest-performing cars with longroofs. While we never got the RS6 wagon, the S6 was an admirable performer that flies under the radar. Today’s 2003 model is looking gorgeous in black on grey and on RS4/6 wheels. The little details like silver mirror caps and larger rails along the bottom of the doors lend bits of specialness. It may be ubiquitous in the school and playing field parking lots of affluent areas, but its subtlety won’t dissuade those who appreciate a great-looking V8 wagon.

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Year: 2003
Model: S6 Avant
Engine: 4.2 liter V8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 128,000 mi
Price: $13,900 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 2003 Audi S6 Avant on eBay

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2003 Audi S6 Avant Quattro wagon.

***Only 1 Owner Since New

***4.2L V8 Powerplant

***Legendary Audi Quattro Intelligent All Wheel Drive System

***Non-Smoker Black Leather & Alcantara Suede Interior

***Bose CD Sound System

***Heated Front & Rear Seats

***Folding Rear Seats With Ski Sack

***Removable Pet Screen

***Original Tools, Floor Mats, Jack, Spare, Safety Triangle, Storage Net, First Aid Kit, Books & Manuals

***Genuine Audi RS6 18″ Wheel Package

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A clean, sinister Avant with V8 power that can carry 5 (and dog) in style is what great wagons are all about, and Audi makes some of the best out there. I used to always assume the smallest models were best – S4, 3-series, Jetta, etc. – but as I’ve grown up I’ve seen the inherent virtues of midsize models, especially as I more practically look at what’s comfortable for 6’4″ humans. While the B5 S4 always seemed like the Audi wagon I wanted, but when I see an S6 like this I think it might just be the Goldilocks wagon.

-NR

Wagon Week: 1994 Audi RS2

Of all the wagons ever produced, there is one that stands head and shoulders above the rest in my fantasy garage: the Audi RS2 Avant. This was the car that would kick off a new generation of sports wagons, a segment that is still going strong today, if not on these shores. As enthusiasts in the US wait for baited breath for these first one of these to turn 25 years of age (thus eligible for importation), let’s take a look at this RS2 for sale in eastern Germany in the rather uncommon shade of white.

Year: 1994
Model: RS2 Avant
Engine: 2.2 liter turbocharged inline-5
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 135,000 km (~ 83,885 mi)
Price: €24,000 (~ $33,139 USD)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1994 Audi RS2 Avant on Mobile.de

Selling due to circumstances (new acquisition) my Audi RS2. One of four delivered from the factory in white. Also absolutely rare, in the last year €7,000 invested, it was properly renovated. Tires, brakes – complete front and rear (*322mm Ex Works), tail (due to age), hall sensor, radiator, new rims, all door strips and much more. In absolute original condition, no tuning etc. Inspection by Audi, car has no dents or scratches. Any questions, please call, no emails, I’m rarely on PC.

Prices for Audi RS2s are already strong, so of course by the time these cars are legal to import to the US, that will only drive up values further. But then, consider this car’s legacy. It was genesis for Audi RS cars. It popularized the idea of a wagon with supercar powers. In addition, it carried on the Quattro flame that was ignited by the Ur Quattro and rallying success back in the early 1980s. This is one of those cars that might not have been a game changer, but it combined so many attractive traits into one neat package that you can’t help but sit back and stare in awe.

-Paul

Wagon Week: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD

The W123 T-Modell. We would be remiss for not including at least one of these workhorses during Wagon Week. An impossibly timeless design penned by Bruno Sacco in the mid 1970s, these wagons are still seen regularly on the roads from The Hamptons to Los Angeles, a testament to their impeccable engineering. This particular 300TD for sale in Utah is a Euro market car with a 4-speed manual transmission, a rarity on these shores.

Year: 1979
Model: 300TD Estate
Engine: 3.0 liter inline-5 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 176,000 mi
Price: Reserve auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1979 Mercedes-Benz 300TD on eBay

This Wagon is amazing. It was brought over from Europe by an astro-physicist, garaged for several years, and then I happened upon on it. What makes this 300TD so exceptional is that it has the four speed manual transmission that was only sold in Europe. It is extremely hard to find this model wagon in the States, let alone one in such good overall condition. I have over $10,000 put into this car, and it is set to run for the next several decades. The original miles are low for the year as it is, but taken into the account all that has been done to it, this car can be driven another 500K miles, as these MB diesel engines tend to do. The entire engine has been upgraded with all new bearings, gaskets, pistons, connector rods, clutch system, pumps, seals, hoses, belts and more. Furthermore, the head and block have been completely tuned up. This engine has 500K miles left in it easy. Cosmetic issues include a few normal scrapes and scratches, two small holes in the interior, three scratches in the drivers side window tint, and some small run’s and stains in front carpets and the trunk. Overall, the exterior would get an 8.5/10 grade, the interior a 8.5/10 and the engine/mechanics an 10/10. The car also comes with an extra set of tires and the matching blue hubcaps.

I have to admit I’m always drawn in by vintage Mercedes in light metallic blue hues. These colors suit these cars quite well, highlighting the prudent use of chrome accents. We’ve seen good examples of 300TDs of late hovering around the $10,000 to $14,000 mark. Considering the maintenance done and the mileage, I’d suspect this one might bring shy of $10,000 to the right buyer who is looking for a three pedal variant. This is a neat Benz with an interesting story that would be an utterly practical and economical choice for the times.

-Paul

Wagon Week: Which W8?

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Volkswagen has a tendency to introduce “misunderstood” cars in the US, and in recent memory two really stand out; the ultra-luxury Phaeton and the crazily-engined Passat W8. Existing only for a brief time, the W8 was the test platform for many of the W-engine variants. Linked to 4Motion permanent all-wheel drive, these cars were only slightly more luxurious than the run of the mill Passat, but did pack a lot more punch on the freeway. The W8 remains a discrete performance package in the truest sense of the word; few outside enthusiasts even understand what that “W” means. Perhaps that’s why Volkswagen sold so few of these pricey mid-range cars; today, though they hold a special place in VW fans’ hearts and minds, W8s in good condition are hard sells that generally don’t bring much higher prices than V6 or 1.8T models. That means you can get a unique performance bargain if you’re a careful shopper not afraid of the equally unique engine. In honor of wagon week, then, we have an either/or – 2003 Passat W8 6-speed manual versus a 2004 Passat W8 Variant. Let’s start with the manual

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Year: 2003
Model: Passat W8
Engine: 4.0 liter W8
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage:106,600 mi
Price: No Reserve Auction

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2003 Volkswagen Passat 6 Speed on eBay

2003 VW PASSAT
4.0L W8 AWD 6 SPEED
Very RARE
Clean inside and out
Runs and drives 100%
No warning lights on
No known issues
Good clutch, brakes and tires

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While normally I think enthusiasts would flock to the manual over the automatic, today’s face off gives pause, because they’re not really on equal terms. Fans of the W8 tend to also be fans of wagons, and the unicorn is the W8 6-speed Variant. Few were brought to this country, so unless you’re prepared to pay seriously top dollar for one and wait, you’re more likely to find a manual sedan. This sedan seems to be in good condition, retains the original BBS-made “Madras” wheels which are the desirable ones, and is a sedate but attractive color combination fitting the W8’s personality. Downside? Well, as with any used dealer no real maintenance is shown and I can see at least one lug nut missing; a pre-purchase inspection would be a must. Despite this the car is offered at no reserve and bidding at time of writing is quite low, so this could really be a performance bargain. Still want the wagon?

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As someone who drives a 2002 Passat Variant nearly every day, they’re quite a nice package and very useful. As a family car with a touch of sport and all-weather capability, there aren’t many cars in this price range that will match the Passat in overall value. Unfortunately, most of the W8 Variants were coupled to the 5-speed tiptronic, like today’s Black/Black example:

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Year: 2004
Model: Passat W8 4Motion Variant
Engine: 4.0 liter W8
Transmission: 5-speed automatic
Mileage: 102,000 mi
Price: $11,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 Variant on eBay

This Passat is in excellent mechanical condition. The body has extremely minor scratches, but no dents. This Passat has the exterior chrome trim package. This vehicle has always been well maintained by the dealer or at a european automotive specialist.

I’m the second owner of the vehicle.

Buyer responsible for vehicle pick up or delivery.

The tiptronic is probably a deal changer for most people, but I think puts these two packages on relatively equal footing. Have a family? The wagon is for you. Enjoy a little sport while flying under the radar? The 6-speed is a really neat package. These W8s have a reputation for being very pricey to fix, but some research with actual owners says that they’re not as bad as they’re reported to be, and certainly no worse than the Audis they square up against in most cases. I think the wagon is probably overpriced a little but appears to be in good shape, and if the sedan comes in below $7,000 I would consider it pretty well bought. If you want to stand out from the crowd and have everyone know it, these aren’t the cars for you; but if you want a neat package that is just that much different than what everyone else has, these cars do it like few others.

-Carter

Wagon Week: 1967 Volkswagen Squareback

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Before I was born, my parents had a Squareback. I’ve always loved the variations of the Type 3, each with its own unique character, and wish that one had lasted long enough for me to enjoy it. Today’s is a unique one, with a black and orange paint job that would fit right in here in the SF Bay Area amongst the many Giants-themed cars. The interior is something I’ve never seen before, with the interior lined in license plates. It’s very, very low but would be a blast to roll around in. The modifications all appear homegrown enough that the next owner could easily continue its evolution without being worried about scrapping someone else’s unique but expensive changes. If you’re looking for a wagon with a very high charisma-to-dollar ratio, this Sqaureback is hard to beat.

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Year: 1967
Model: Type III Squareback
Engine: 1.5 liter flat-4
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: Unclear
Price: Reserve-on auction

Click for more details: 1967 Volkswagen Type III Squareback on eBay

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This 1967 VW Sqaureback Euro is one of the coolest cars I’ve ever seen and certainly ever have owned! This car has a personality to no end! It is impossible to drive it without getting attention form almost everyone on the road! It looks mean with its totally radical stance. Its custom license plate interior which can be put back to normal if its not your thing. It also has a very rare custom one piece windows in the back. These are just to name a few. I’m considering selling it for the greater good of my family. I have several cars and I need to sell some to put money aside for the purchase of a house. Otherwise, I would hold on it for as long as I could. Please be know this is not a desperate attempt to sell and I don’t by any means have to. However provided a qualified new owner who can continue to love “Lil Ginger” like I have, will have an opportunity to enjoy it as well. I have the clear Texas title to it in my name and ready to sign over.

Here the specs:

Motor is a 1500sp VW reman with dual single barrel carbs. Motor is 100% stock with the exception of the aftermarket exhaust which sounds a lot like a fixed up Subaru due to the flat 4 motor.

The transmission is a 4 speed manual gear box all stock.

The suspension as been lowered approx 4 inches. Believe it or not is extremely comfortable and very smooth. Of course you have to watch out for huge pot holes but you should be doing that in any car.

The Brakes are completely stock with disk up front and drums in the rear. They work as they should for an old car without ABS

Overall its a very rare, cool, good car. As mentioned above the turn signals and the emegancy flashers are not working due to the relay being out. All the other lights work though. The emergency break is not connected and may need service to get it working. I park it in gear and never worry about it. It dose have rust on the battery tray and on drivers kick panel but could be patched or repaired. It just never concerned me enough to do anything about it

The new owner of this car must has a personality to match the car. You don’t need to be a full blown mechanic to own it; but you should know the basics. Volkswagen’s are very simple & easy to work on, I’m sure you wont have problems finding help if needed. Remember its about to be 47 years old so its to be treated with love and respect for its age.

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An orange Squareback with a cosmetic restoration has been for sale nearby for $10k; I’d rather spend a fraction of that on this and go my own way with it. That’d probably include an engine swap and an interior revision, but this is a cute and unique that wagon that could be a lot of fun.

-NR