Sporting an automatic transmission and lacking the Quattro and turbo of its fancier CS brother, this stripped-down avant might seem like an easy pass at first. Upon further review though, the sleek lines, red paint, and cheap price make us think this 5000 would be a great alternative to something more pedestrian like a 740 if you're in the market for an 80's Euro wagon.
We can't ever recall seeing a 5000 wagon without a roof rack and we think it looks great. The red color accentuates similarities to the VW Quantum wagons of the era, and there are plenty of shared parts visible from shifters to door handles. Not to mention the 5 cylinder motor.
Things look as clean as can be expected outside for a car with 200,000 miles on it that has spent a least some of its life in the Northeast. Glass looks good, most of the trim has survived, and the seller claims there to be no rust. We spy a PCA sticker on one window and this wagon seems like it would have been an easy buy as a P-car fan's sensible family car.
Black aftermarket wheels wouldn't normally be high on our list, but they're subtle enough to read almost as steelies so we're cool with it. Rear ride height seems a little off, but maybe some missing wheel trim is what's throwing us off.
Inside, the cloth seats show plenty of wear but nothing too bad. The German velour doesn't do much to hide stains so all told the light fabric could have fared much worse. The seller doesn't mention any finicky doors which was always a problem with these cars. That said, there are only photos of a few doors open.
Under the hood, visible rust is hopefully more of a cosmetic concern than anything. Some new parts are visible in the engine bay let's be honest, if you're buying this car you've got to be ready for anything. Get ready to become familiar with state of the 80's Bosch technology.
Find this stripped down 5000 for only $2,000 on eBay in Columbus, Ohio.
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