Friday, April 26, 2019

Shift It Yourself: 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6

Do you know what the world needs more of?  V6 powered Volkswagen Corrados with manual gearboxes...wait...they stopped making those in back in 1995.  Okay...forget endangered penguins, the world need to pool our resources and save the endangered Corrados. Find this 1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC VR6 offered for $2900 in Portland, OR via craigslist. Tip from FuelTruck.

From the seller:

1993 VW Corrado VR-6 SLC 
VIN: WVWEE4503PK005781 
condition: fair 
cylinders: 6 cylinders 
drive: fwd 
fuel: gas 
paint color: black 
size: compact 
title status: clean 
transmission: manual 
type: hatchback 
93 VW Corrado - VR-6 - SLC 
5 Speed, A/C, ABS, Cruise Control, Alarm,
Power Windows, Sunroof, Mirrors & Locks (All working)
Black with Tan interior with Leather seats
Drives and Shifts good !
236K miles


Performance Upgrades !
* Most installed less than 15K miles ago *

K&N Air Filter
Techtonics Chip
H&R Sport Springs
*Bilstein Sport Shocks
*H&R Rear Sway Bar
*Autotech Front Upper Strut Bar
*TT Control Arm Bushings
*Urethane Rack Mount
*BFI Motor Mount Set
* Slotted Rotors 
* Stainless brake lines

Recent maintenance includes a new clutch kit, timing chain, guides, tensioner, vc gasket - less than 7K miles ago.

Comes with owners manual and factory service manual $$, also a binder with over 18 years of receipts and records including the original clean & clear CarFax report from 2001 @ 154K miles when I bought the car.

Interior and seats in good condition except for sunroof is missing cloth cover.
Newer 3M Window Tint done last year (lighter = legal)


* Paint is rough with peeling clear coat & needs a re-spray.
* Will need tires before fall.
* Spoiler does not automatically deploy. It works manually, so motor & switch are OK. 
(probably needs speed sensor?)
* Seatbelt retractors not working. Motors & tracks OK as they only quit working after swapping in newer seats. 
(probably a fuse or relay?)
* Usual squeaks & rattles from stiffer springs.
* Stock stereo has only 1 speaker consistently working at this time but have aftermarket stereo equipment 
available (depending on offer), includes head unit, disc changer, speakers, amps, 10” sub woofer with custom 
built stealth enclosure molded into the trunk side recess.

This car is best purchased by a Corrado enthusiast who knows the idiosyncrasies of Corrados 
and knows how to work on them.

If you don’t know about Corrados,
please do some research to gain an appreciation for them before contacting me.
These cars are becoming rare with examples in decent condition getting harder to find. 
Many think they could become collectors cars appreciating in value some day.

See a better way to drive a VR6?


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