We automotive scavengers tend to spend a lot of time complaining about how product planners at the big auto companies miss our desired combination of big-engine and manual gearbox, in a wagon shape (hello BWM, hello Toyota, etc). However, there was a time when Volkswagen, of all people, got it right! They put the crazy W8 engine into the wagon version of the B5.5 generation Passat and let us have a 6-speed manual gearbox mated to all the wheels via VW’s 4Motion system. It was glorious and expensive and not many were sold, but used ones are cheap. Find this 2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 4Motion offered for $6,500 in Narragansett, RI via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
From the seller:
2004 volkswagen passat
condition: like new
cylinders: 8 cylinders
paint color: silver
title status: clean
2004 Volkswagen Passat W8 6 Speed Manual
Clean inside and out. Runs and drives great. Timing guides have been re done. We are the second owner and the car was kept at a vacation house for the last decade in the garage.
Interior is 8/10 with normal wear. Otherwise looks great. No pets or Smoke
Car currently has 134,000 Miles 6 Speed Manual Transmission with the super rare W8 Motor & AWD 4 Motion
Clean Rhode Island Title in Hand!
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