Monday, October 19, 2015

1.8T B5.5 Manual: 2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon

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 enjoy the Audi-esque driving experience offered for Volkswagen prices.  Find this 2004 Volkswagen Passat Wagon offered for $2,800 in El Paso, TX via craigslist.  Tip from Johnny Bouncewell.


Before the comments fill with folks talking about engine sludge, upper control arms, coil packs, brake light failure, timing belt maintenance interval is ridiculous, etc...I'd like to point out that the asking price is about equal to a full 105k service cost (timing belt, water pump, plugs, oil change, trans service) at a dealer.  The little 1.8T pushes out 180 horsepower stock and with 126k miles it is just getting broken in....or broken.  Depends on who you ask.


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8 comments:

  1. Tripple squares. Having to buy more tools just to work on it.

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  2. Hmmm, I was not aware of triple square fastenings. Thanks Jake M! Do these show up anywhere other than in the VW family?

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    1. Yup. Every german car you post, i will be there to complain. For no reason, really.

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    2. I bought new a 2001.5 1.8T Passat Wagon, with a 5-speed. The only car I've ever bought new, just in time for my first kid to be born. Actually, we had to special order it since the revised model was just coming out, and we didn't get it until a few weeks after she was born. Our baby got to come home from the hospital in my '89 GTI 16V.

      I liked the Passat a lot, and it was very reliable for us. We traded it in early last year for a CPO Mazda CX-9. The Mazda is nice enough, but for a daily driver, in and around Seattle, I would take the Passat any day. It is just a more practical size, and got 10 mpg more than the Mazda does.

      The reason we got rid of the VW is that it was due for the 120K mile servicing, and top of that it was time for brakes and tires. I was afraid it was going to turn into a money pit, so we put the money towards a newer car. I still miss it though.

      I was lucky enough to go to Europe this past summer. The current Passat wagon over there is sweet indeed, not that we'll ever see something like that in the US again. Count me as another alienated long-time VW customer (although I could see nabbing an off-lease Golf R in a few years).

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  3. One of my unicorns. Sadly I have no unicorns in my wallet right now.

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  4. I'm in the market for a plush wagon with teutonic driving appeal. I thought this generation Passat wagon was a paragon of beautiful and simple styling. Then I read the rabidly negative reviews on Edmunds: http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/passat/2003/consumer-reviews/ and came to the conclusion that I'd rather drive ... anything else than have my wallet vampired to depletion by a car money-pit.

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  5. I'm in the market for a plush wagon with teutonic driving appeal. I thought this generation Passat wagon was a paragon of beautiful and simple styling. Then I read the rabidly negative reviews on Edmunds: http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/passat/2003/consumer-reviews/ and came to the conclusion that I'd rather drive ... anything else than have my wallet vampired to depletion by a car money-pit.

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  6. I'm in the market for a plush wagon with teutonic driving appeal. I thought this generation Passat wagon was a paragon of beautiful and simple styling. Then I read the rabidly negative reviews on Edmunds: http://www.edmunds.com/volkswagen/passat/2003/consumer-reviews/ and came to the conclusion that I'd rather drive ... anything else than have my wallet vampired to depletion by a car money-pit.

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