FWD This or That: 2008 Pontiac GXP vs 2012 VW Passat

Words and cars for this next feature comes from Erik202: While i liked that Accord Touring posted recently and am willing to go along with the suggestion that its the best way to go fast while powering only the front wheels, having 4doors and staying in the DT price range, I’m curious which of these 2 options would win the battle for 2nd place. I’m also curious, is that a position anyone wants? The HP and performance numbers are shockingly similar between the two and even to the accord. Tho I’m sure it beats either of these options handily in the reliability dept. you can do a lot of repairs for the $7500 plus (something about canadian exchange rates) you would save choosing: This 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix GXP offered for $5500 CAD (or $4114 USD) that 2012 Volkswagen Passat 3.6 DSG offered for $7350 CAD ($5497USD) via kijiji.ca.

From the seller of the Pontiac:

Condition Used Year 2008 Make Pontiac Model Grand Prix Trim GXP ColourRed
Body TypeSedanNo. of Doors4No. of Seats3DrivetrainFront-wheel drive (FWD)TransmissionAutomaticFuel TypeGasolineKilometers170
5.3L V8 Fully Loaded
170K – kilometers
$5,500 obo.
Please phone to come see in person .

From the seller of the Passat:

2012 VOLKSWAGEN PASSAT 3.6L VR6 DSG 152 000 kilomètres au compteur.
Bancs chauffants, miroirs chauffants, climatiseur bi-zone, Bluetooth, intérieur en cuir beige, banc électrique avec support lombaire, cruise control, toit ouvrant,

Body a quelques imperfections côté conducteur.
Huile transmission DSG changée à 120k
Freins et disques avant/arrière neufs changés à 130k
Alignement fait à 130k

  • Un rappel doit être adressé gratuitement (bloc contacteur tournant cause erreur airbag et boutons volant non-fonctionnels), mais pièce B.O. chez Volkswagen partout au Canada.
    Roule comme un charme. Viens avec pneus été et pneus d’hiver. Non-fumeur / sans animaux

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