Monday, May 23, 2016

Auction Watch: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 6-Speed

Find this 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 6-Speed here on eBay bidding for $10,000 with auction ending today (Monday) at 2:15PM Pacific.


From eBay listing:

Item specifics

Condition: Used
Seller Notes: Please remember, this is a used car, which, as nice as it may be, is not perfect. Please see "Known issues" for a list of all known defects.

Year: 2003 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): WVWLK63B83E466273
Mileage: 105,400 Body Type: Wagon
Make: Volkswagen Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty


Vehicle Title: Clear
Engine: W8 Options: 4-Wheel Drive, Cassette Player, CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
Drive Type: AWD Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats Exterior Color: Pacific Blue
Fuel Type: Gasoline Interior Color: Flannel Gray
For Sale By: Private Seller Number of Cylinders: 8
Disability Equipped: No Transmission: Manual

2003 Volkswagen Passat Wagon W8 6-speed
VIN: WVWLK63B83E466273
One of only 424 Passat W8s with manual transmission claimed sold in the US
Pacific Blue Pearl exterior offered on W8 only
Offered by the second, long-term adult enthusiast owner
Few modifications from new
Never abused in any way
Extra clean
Never smoked in

Offered with NO RESERVE above opening bid.         There is no “Buy It Now” price.          Auction will not end early.    Car will be sold to the highest bidder.
Please note: more than 200 photos follow.  On slow Internet connections, they may take time to load.

About the Passat W8:

Volkswagen AG has stopped producing the Passat W8 model because of slow sales, says CEO Bernd Pischetsrieder. It was the only vehicle to use the compact W8 engine, which was championed by former VW CEO Ferdinand Piech…
U.S. sales of the Passat W8 fell far below VW's goal of 5,000 units annually. The company sold 2,182 W8s in 2003 and 268 through the first eight months of this year. The W8's 2004 base price is $40,735, including a $575 destination charge…
The Passat W8 was intended to bridge the gap between V-6 versions of the Passat and the Phaeton luxury sedan. But since 2001 only 11,000 units of the W8 have been built…
Volkswagen denies the Passat W8 was a flop…
By JENS MEINERS | Automotive News Europe
Only 4,931 W8's in the US. Of those, 1,227 are variants and 3.704 are sedans. Also, you're looking at 424 M/T and 4,507 tips.

Options as built:

·         Engine Code BDP
·         Transmission Code FRR
·         Paint Code LB5W Pacific Blue Pearl
·         Interior Code VB Flannel Gray
·         Options
·         X9A National sales program USA
·         B0D Component parts set, complying with vehicle type for USA (without California), various parts
·         CG6 Alloy wheels 7.5J x 17
·         G0L 6-speed manual transmission for four-wheel drive vehicle
·         HG9 Tires 225/50 R17 94V (polymer coating)
·         J0R Battery 380 A (80 Ah)
·         M3E 8-cyl. gasoline engine 4.0 L/202 kW 32V WR8 base engine is T9H
·         Q2J Comfort front seats
·         1AT Electronic stabilization program (ESP)
·         1G9 Space-saving spare wheel for temporary use, radial tire (5-hole)
·         2ZB Leather multi-function steering wheel
·         5RR Right exterior mirror: convex (US)
·         5SH Left exterior mirror: flat (US)
·         T9H 8-cylinder gasoline engine 4.0 L unit 07D.1 (aluminum)
·         3F3 Alloy spare wheel with original equipment tires (with support ring)
·         3S1 Bright roof rails
·         QG2 No possibility of activating service interval prolongation
·         8US Radio "Premium" (double-size standard radio)
·         8GR Alternator 150 A
·         9VG Sound system with subwoofer "branded" design 2
·         1ZG Disc brakes, front (Geomet D)
·         0JL Weight category front axle weight range 11
·         0YS Weight range 17 installation control only, no requirement forecast
·         1BE Sports suspension/shock absorption
·         0GM Emission standard LEV 1

Current owner since November, 2007:

·         Built: May 22, 2003
·         First leased: August 27, 2003
·         Selling dealer: Burnsville Volkswagen; Burnsville, MN; Dealer Number402-415
·         Sold at dealer auction: October, 2007
·         Purchased by current owner/seller: November, 2007
·         You can see the CARFAX free here
·         Note: CARFAX is incorrect, stating one owner.  There have been two owners
·         Always adult-driven
·         Never smoked in
·         No child seats or pets
·         Heated garage storage since 2007


·         4.0 liter W8, 270 horsepower, 273 foot pounds torque
·         EPA MPG 17 City/ 24 Highway
·         Starts, idles, runs, drives and stops as it should
·         Never modified in any way
·         New balance shaft belt 2012
·         Gauge shows normal coolant temperatures
·         No oil consumption, noises or smoking concerns
·         No fluid leaks of any kind
·         No Check Engine light on or faults stored in Engine Control Module
·         Always run on 91 octane fuel, or better, without fail, by current owner/seller
·         Full maintenance services always per VW schedule with genuine VW parts
·         Oil changes always per VW schedule with Mobil 1 or Castrol Syntech oil meeting VW spec
·         Original, stock exhaust

6-Speed manual transmission:

·         Shifts smoothly up and down to all gears with no noises
·         JH Motorsports short shifter and delrin bushings, 2007
·         Gear oils changed with genuine VW, 2010 and again, 2015
·         No leaks
·         Clutch operates as it should, with no shudder or slipping

All-wheel drive:

·         4MOTION all-wheel drive system
·         Torsen center differential and all other components work properly
·         Never modified in any way
·         Maintenance services always per VW schedule with genuine VW parts
·         No fluid leaks
·         No clunking or shuddering
·         All CV joints and boots in good condition

Suspension, brakes, steering:

·         Sports suspension, as-built
·         Front and rear suspension never modified
·         Original shocks and struts all firm with no leaks
·         ABS, ESP and brake assist all work as designed
·         New pads and rotors all around, 2014
·         ECS Tuning stainless steel brake lines
·         DOT 4 brake fluid with full flush, every two years
·         Brakes are firm with no pulsation, warning lights or faults in control module
·         Parking brake operates properly
·         Nexen N’fera SU1 tires, size 255/35-ZR19 96W
·         7/32” of original 9.5/32” tread remaining on all four tires
·         4 genuine Speedline Audi S4 19” wheels, part number 8K0601025AK, with center caps
·         Does not pull or have uneven tire wear
·         No noises or looseness.  No steering vibration.
·         Steering wheel is level when driving straight ahead


·         Pacific Blue- offered on W8 only
·         All paint is believed original.  Certainly, no paint work has been done since 2007.
·         No body or other structural rust whatsoever
·         All panel gaps as-new.  Doors and lids all open and close easily and with no noises or rubbing.
·         Hood and hatch gas struts are original-type with aluminum bodies and all function correctly
·         Super clean top and bottom
·         Undercarriage and wheel wells are undamaged
·         Lower engine cover is 100% complete with all fasteners
·         Windshield wipers and washers front and rear work as-new
·         HID Headlights and all other exterior lights operate properly
·         Power windows operate correctly
·         Power sunroof operates correctly
·         Power, heated, folding mirrors work correctly
·         All glass is original and in good condition
·         All seals in good condition
·         All bright trim in very good condition


·         Flannel Gray/Anthracite trim
·         Flannel Gray Leather
·         Minimal wear on seats
·         Steering adjustments for reach and tilt work properly
·         All plastic, vinyl and wood trim in good condition with no damage
·         Carpet in as-new condition with no fraying
·         Original gray front and rear floor mats in good condition with correct hold-downs
·         Headliner is near-perfect
·         Cargo area carpet and trim shows little wear
·         Cargo cover in very good condition operates correctly
·         Climatronic climate control A/C cools cold, heats hot, functions as-new
·         Rear defroster and side mirror defrosters work properly
·         Seat heaters heat backrests and bottoms of both front seats as-new
·         All instruments work properly
·         All interior lights work properly
·         All seatbelts clean and undamaged
·         Self-dimming mirror is undamaged and functions as-new
·         Homelink built-in garage door opener works as-new
·         AM/FM/cassette/CD sound system with Monsoon amplifier, as-built, functions as new
·         Diversity antennas in quarter windows work correctly
·         Three removable rear headrests fitted, as-new
·         Turn signal switch operates and self-cancels properly
·         Speedometer and both odometers accurate as compared to GPS on road tests
·         Cruise control operates correctly
·         All four 12V power outlets work
·         Ashtrays have never seen ashes
·         No warning lights on
·         New battery 2014


·         JH Motorsports short shifter and delrin bushings, 2007
·         ECS Tuning stainless steel brake lines
·         19” Audi wheels and tires

Also included:

·         Clear Michigan title
·         You can see the free CARFAX here
·         Complete set of original gray carpet floor mats, installed
·         Complete set of original gray carpet floor mats, new in box
·         Complete set of gray Cannon rubber winter floor mats
·         Weathertech gray fitted cargo liner
·         Original BBS 17” Madras wheels with center caps and winter tires
·         Two keys with built-in remote
·         Owner’s manuals, complete in binder
·         Radio security code
·         Front license plate mount
·         “4 Motion” emblem, removed from tailgate
·         Complete tool kit
·         Original wheel locks with key
·         All parts for original shifter
·         Receipts since 2007

“The large print giveth and the small print taketh away”- Tom Waits:
Please remember, this is a used car, which, as nice as it may be, is not perfect.  I strive to deliver accurate descriptions, but it is possible to miss small deficiencies and will not be held liable for these minor misnomers.  This vehicle is sold AS IS/WHERE IS and comes with no warranties by the seller, expressed or implied, whatsoever.

Known issues:

·         Stone chips, scratches and dings around the car from 14+ years and 105,000 miles of careful use
·         Front and rear bumper covers scuffed on corners
·         Front license plate holder has been installed and removed.  Holes plugged, plus some scuffing.
·         Original windshield has one stone chip at center right from years ago.  Some light pitting.  No cracks or delamination.
·         Bright trim around the windows has some water-spotting/stains
·         Chrome bubbling on roof rail at right front
·         Clear protective decals on rear bumper cover and both rear fender “doglegs” are bubbling.  Paint underneath is not damaged.
·         Audi wheels have been touched-up.  Some scratches on all four wheels.  Wheels are all straight and balanced.  See photos.
·         BBS wheels scuffed and clear coat peeling all over.  Wheels are straight and balanced.  See photos.
·         Driver’s seat left bolster worn from entry/exit.  See photos.
·         Driver’s seatbelt is slow to retract completely, but otherwise operates correctly
·         Some wear to driver’s floor mat, shifter and interior trim from normal use
·         All four door panel armrest inserts have pulled away from backing foam.  No rips/tears/loose edges
·         Wood trim on inner door handles cracking lightly
·         One small damage to headliner at cargo area, right side
·         Exhaust leak at right flex joint.  Cannot be heard when in car with windows up, but it is obvious under car.

Not included:


Pre-purchase inspection is welcomed.  Please contact me through “Ask a question” to arrange inspection and for any additional information.

Offered with NO RESERVE.         There is no “Buy It Now” price.          Auction will not end early.    Car will be sold to the highest bidder.


Buyer is responsible for vehicle pickup or shipping.
$500.00 deposit required within 48 hours of auction close.
PayPal accepted for deposit, only.
Payment methods accepted:
-Wire transfer in US funds.
-Cashier's Check (certified from US or Canadian bank) or money order.
-Cash (in person).
PayPal not accepted for full purchase payment.
Vehicle and title will be released to the buyer only after funds clear.  There will be no exceptions.


  1. If you are in the position of having to scrub off your cash reserves, select this or a MB V12 Coupe. Both are monstrously complex and expensive.

    What a beautiful wagon. Awesome idea. Mind meltingly fragile.

    1. I know very little about the W8, but I have a reasonable level of exposure to similarly-platformed VAG product.

      I would not say they're 'fragile'. Some parts are much better made than, say, comparable BMW bits.

      The problem is that there's so many of them, and they're packed in so tightly, that even minor jobs require four hours of preparatory disassembly to get to the thing that broke.

  2. Well, that went over my limit pretty quickly. Given the mileage and the general aversion to these engines, I didn't expect this wagon to go this high.

    1. What, $10K?

      I have an Audi S6 Avant in the driveway, in slightly less photogenic condition and with previous collision damage, with an 01E transaxle and all the 6-speed swap parts in the back end. I hope I like it when it's done, because it won't be worth what I'll have put into it.

      But we got almost 100K out of it in slushbox form, and as I now know how (and have the tools) to rebuild 5HP24 slushboxes in an afternoon maybe I can get some money out of the gearbox that comes out.

  3. Well, that went over my limit pretty quickly. Given the mileage and the general aversion to these engines, I didn't expect this wagon to go this high.


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