Mid Week Match-Up: AWD For Balzac

Today’s Mid Week Match-Up request comes from Balzac who writes — so apparently now VW will make me whole for the lying, cheating TDI
wagon that I love.  They will have to pry it from my cold dead hands…
Or offer me significantly more than I paid for it, since I scooped it
from a friend who sold it to me because he was super pissed at VW.  Now
he’s gonna be SUUUPER pissed.  The car is gonna be worth in the
neighborhood of $16k after adjustments for high mileage and manual
transmission.  We can probably add another $10k so up to about $25k. I
need something for me and my wife and our dog to get back and forth from
the Bay Area to SW Colorado 3-4 times a year.  It will be a daily
driver and must be AWD or 4×4.  I know all about snow tires, but my wife
is more comfortable in the snow with all wheels engaged.  Chain up
requirements are also a pain.  I know it limits our options and will
have a negative impact on fuel consumption.

Manual trans a plus, but not strictly required.  

Decent mileage and range preferred.  Would love another diesel, but open to gas.

Must be able to tow 2000#.   

The Sportwagen has heated seats and I doubt we can go back.  

DT E-i-C Vince: I found the unicorn of all unicorns here: a E61 generation 2008 BMW 535xi wagon with a 6-speed manual gearbox.  You can find the all-wheel-drive, turbocharged inline-6 wagon with panoramic sunroof here on eBay offered for $23,795 buy-it-now located in Phoenix, AZ.  The price is mighty high for something with 100k miles and a major accident a few years ago…but try finding another one for sale.


What would you suggest for Balzac? Comments below.