Full disclosure, we grew up in a Kalahari Beige 1987 Quantum wagon so we may be looking at this through rose colored glasses. That car began our love of German wagons, and we don't see how things could be anything but improved with the addition of AWD and a 5-speed.
We prefer the looks of these pre-Passat wagons to those of the Audi 5000CS's of the time, even if those cars were the hotness at the ski slopes for the yuppie set. We don't mind the paint on this one, but we save judgement on the powder coated wheels until we see them. 99% they'll need to go, but the fact that they're powdercoated and not plasti-dipped gives us some reason for hope. Though, the painted valve covers under the hood may offset that hope.
The Syncro system utilizes a viscous clutch for full time AWD, but this particular model has the front and rear locking diffs so it should be able to hold its own when the snow starts piling up.
It sounds like some typical Quantum issues are present (and expected after 200k miles). We'd be surprised if the central locking worked anytime in the last 100k miles, and the assortment of locks, keys, and door opening "tricks" are par for the course. When we finally traded ours in, I think the only door that opened was the front passenger.
This Quantum is on eBay with no reserve and we're tempted to throw our hat in the ring to see if we can get a sub $2500 deal. Compared to the unobtanium Golf Country we featured yesterday, we might actually prefer this one. Pick it up for about 15% of the price and actually use it, instead of having a car you're afraid to drive and only gets taken to Waterfest once a year.
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