15k: One Owner: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion Wagon

It may be a bit late for Syncro de Mayo, but it is never a bad time to post up a 4Motion equipped, 8-cylinder powered, low-mile Volkswagen Wagon.   The B5 generation Passat was remodeled in late 2000 (known internally as the B5.5 generation) and recieved updated headlights, chrome trim and optional W8 engine.  Find this 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion Wagon offered for $14,950 on ebay from a dealer in Feasterville-Trevose, PA with 13 days to go.  Tip from IgnatiusReilly who says “Hola! Still hangin’ after too much Patron so tardy in submitting for the syncro featurette.”

Introduced in 1997 on a shared platform with the Audi A4, the B5/B5.5 generation Passat sold in huge numbers when new and offered Audi level of quality and refinement in a cheap package.  Unfortunately the 1.8T model developed oil sludging issues that tarnished its reputation and all VW engines from the era ate coil packs like Rob Ford eats crack cocaine filled Cadbury eggs on Easter.  This writers personal B5 Passat ownership experience consisted of years of pleasant driving experience interrupted by stumbling engines, CELs, monthly coil pack recall campaigns and threatening letters from the dealer saying you’ll get no warranty if you don’t use this list of approved synthetic oils.

No need to worry about sludging on this engine, because it is the W8, which is essentially two VR4 engines mounted on a common crankshaft…more of a VV than a W.  Regardless, the 4.0 liter engine puts out 270 horsepower and 273 ft-lbs of torque is mated to an automatic transmission and Torsen based 4Motion system that puts power to all four wheels.

The B5/B5.5 interior are very nice and age well, this one with only 35k miles on the odometer looks great.  The B5.5 remodel added some chrome accent rings around the gauges and the upscale models had lame looking faux wood splashed needlessly around the cabin.

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