This W8 Passat would have been about the most ridiculous car in VW showrooms back in 2003 since it would be another year or so before the Phaeton came in with its big W12. With AWD, a 6-speed, and the W8 motor, the only other thing we could ask for would be the wagon body. We'll take what we can get though.
This Passat is on offer on The Samba from a VW enthusiast who seems to have owned many air cooled and modern VWs including at least one other W8 Passat.
The black on black VW still looks good and the seller claims the outside to be an 8.5 and the outside to be a 9.5 on the 10 scale. Tinted windows, chrome mirror caps, BBS Madras, and yellow fog lights all tip this cars hand a bit more than we would prefer but there’s nothing offensive or that couldn’t be undone.
We'd probably throw some black steelies with snow tires on, lose the W8 badge, and have an awesome winter sleeper. An OEM roof rack is included to add to the winter functionality.
The car has 110K miles on it but the seller claims that it received a new motor at 50K due to a tech making a mistake during service. We'd hate to have been that technician, but if the records back up the claim, his loss (and possible firing) could be your gain.
Though the Madras wheels aren't our favorites, combined with the ST coilovers the stance looks spot on and well executed.
We can already imagine our mechanic yelling at us if we told him we bought a car with a W8 motor in it, but for $7,000 this might be a good chance for us to be able to say we owned one of these quirky motors. Nate (our mechanic) will get over it -- winter is coming up......
Find this W8 on The Samba in Grand Rapids, Michigan.
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