w8_passat_1As we all know, Americans don’t buy wagons. They don’t buy manual transmissions. They tend not to buy new or odd engine configurations and they tend not to pay much for Volkswagens. With that in mind, this W8 4Motion Passat Wagon with a six-speed manual shouldn’t even exist.

The S4 Avant is awesome, but knowing the crowd we attract, its luxury marquee image might be a bit of a turnoff. That, or the $200 dealer-only maintenance. What you really want is a people’s car, with none of that extra frippery and cost. For a mere $15,450 you could be the proud owner of this automotive singularity. You get all the room of the S4 Avant, a few less HP (270 Vs 340) and no fewer gears or cylinders.

Pardon the stock photography...

Pardon the stock photography...


Given VW’s reliability reputation and the unique nature of this car’s drivetrain, your wariness is justified. It seems you wouldn’t be alone, as this car has been on Autotrader basically forever. Here’s a post (tipped by yours truly) at Autofiends about it from back in March. If I recall correctly, it was old then.

The crazy thing is, there was actually a second identically configured Passat Wagon on AutoTrader, but it sold before we could get this written up (only sedans now). Rest assured, this isn’t going to be the All-Volkswagen-Auto-Group-All-The-Time Channel, it just so happened to be that we had a pile of Audis and VWs backlogged in the “dude, check this out” folder.
Get it while it’s—ah, nevermind it’ll be around forever: 2003 VW Passat Wagon on AutoTrader