Volkswagen released their “New” Beetle for the 1998 model year with lots of fanfare and flowery marketing from the biggest European auto manufacturer. Ironically, the New Beetle was built on the chassis that killed the old Beetle — the front-wheel-drive Golf. Today’s example started as a simple 1.8T powered 5-speed, but now it has a […]
The world is filled with yawn inducing boring stuff. Just look at your nearest Toyondaordmotorstallanis dealer. The stuff you see in the showrooms is an insult to the 7 year old version of yourself who dared to dream about driving someday. It is boring, safe, comfortable, and gives you this false sense of security about arriving at your destination without stopping to diagnose a strange noise or soldering a coil pack harness on Christmas eve (true story from this past Xmas). These safe and sensible cars are fine for the zombified masses who wear name brands like RFID ear tags and read the fine print before signing mortgage docs — but readers of this rag know better. We know the feeling of success and relief when reaching your destination. And we understand that swapping a modern 1.8T Audi/VW engine into a vintage Caddy is a thing of beauty. Find this 1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Sportruck offered for $7000 in Machester, VT via craigslist. Tip from Cory.
The Passat has been Volkswagen’s large family sedan option for many years and it is typically been based on a platform shared with the Golf and built in Mexico, but the B5 generation Volkswagen Passat was built on a Germany built platform shared with the Audi A4/A6 from 1997 through 2005. This means that it […]
The Golf mk4 based Audi TT was released in 1999 with Bauhaus styling, room for 4 (in the coupe), and a transverse mounted 20-valve inline-4 that used a small turbo boost up the fun. It wasn’t a bad car but prices today are ridiculously low. Find this 2000 Audi TT here on eBay offered for $2,900 buy-it-now […]
This next feature comes as words and a tip from Scott T: OK, so our first contender is this solid roofed rabbit that someone has mounted a 1.8t motor into and started wiring it up and got far enough to try turning the key and getting no joy. Pictures show it partially assembled, the most […]
This next car comes as a seller submission from Chris who writes: if you decide that you must berate, belittle or badger me, i would ask that you please choose badger as i cant even remember the last time i had a good badgering. Find this 2003 Audi A4 Avant with 1.8T and slushbox tiptronic […]
The B5 generation Volkswagen Passat was launched in 1997 for the US market but was restyled midway through the 2001 model year and re-released as the B5.5. Regardless of generation, it seems that the Passat generates a love-it/hate-it reaction in former and current owners alike. Some despise it for seemingly endless eletro-mechanical gremlins while others […]
Q is most definitely for quattro – that’s right, with a lowercase q since we are referring to the all wheel drive system and not the vehicle of the same name in which it debuted. That car would be the Quattro, colloquially known as the Ur-Quattro or UrQ for short. The car below is a few […]