Thursday, December 19, 2019

6 Speed Manual: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8

The B5 generation Passat was launched in the 1997 model year with a product that looked/drove/smelled a lot more like an Audi than the previous generation Passat.  In 2001 Volkswagen introduced the B5.5, a cosmetically refreshed version of the platform that added more chrome trim (inside and out) some fancy taillights and a unique W8 engine option that could have been...if you were lucky...mated to a 6-speed manual. Find this 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 offered for $8000 in Philadelphia, PA via Brabus Auto. Tip from Pat.

From the seller:

MPG: 15 city / 22 hwy
Style: AWD W8 4Motion 4dr Sedan
Engine: 4.0L W8
Transmission: Manual 6-Speed
Fuel: Gasoline
Drivetrain: AWD
Condition: Used
Exterior Color: Black
Interior Color: Black
Interior Fabric: Leather
VIN: Request Vin
For sale super hard to find VW W8 - clean title car,super clean inside and out.
w8 engine up to 300HP
6 speed manual transmission
leather heated seats
xenon headlights
cold ac and heat works great
4 michelin tires in great shape
car looks and drives amazing ,
Garage kept car, no rust no mechanical or electrical issues. 

 See a better way to drive a 6-speed oddball?


  1. This is one of the nicest examples I have seen. Too cool.

  2. The (or one of the) rarest of VAG products in NA. Unfortunately...this unicorn is still a B5 which means it really should be sent to race at Santa Ana...and come what may.

  3. LOL. Santa Ana. Despite the coolness, why have this instead of a cheaper Phaeton?

    1. The Phaeton is transmission challenged! Either could offer an interesting experience in maintenance costs and/or effort, however.

  4. For the money, I'd just go with the car that this was conceived to challenge: the BMW e39 540i manual. Either one will be equally maintenance-intensive, so that's a wash, plus I like the parts availability of the bimmer better.

    1. Not that this isn't a cool/interesting car...


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