Over the weekend, was just driving around a bit. When I drove by one of those independent used car lots and there sat a 2003 W8 Passat on that particular lot.
The outside looks in really nice shape. And it apparently only has around 70K miles or so (both conditions maybe meaning it was in the shop a lot and not driven all that much). I went to their website and they had several exterior/interior photos of it. Again, everything seemed in reasonably good shape for a car that cold. Though had to laugh -- one of the interior photos had a shot of the instrument panel with the "Check Engine" light on. Heh. To be fair, it could have just been a photo of the key turned one click to show what the instrument panel looked like when all lit up.
Asking price $3k.
I had a B5 Passat years ago. It was pretty much trouble-free during my time with it. I have mostly warm fuzzy memories of it. Always liked the clean look of the B5/B5.5 Passats as well. I think they have aged nicely. I had thought about picking it up and using it mainly during the winter, since it has 4Motion. Would be sorely tempted if it was a good ol' Manuel. But alas, Trump had him deported and was left with the Tiptronic tranny on it.
Though for $3000, it's not a lot to gamble with. Though for that amount, isn't that how much the average oil change is on thee things? And don't you have the pull the entire engine to do it?
Part of me is still intrigued by this though. But the W8 and Tip combo makes my inner voice say, "RUN, RUN, RUN AWAY! RUN AS FAST AND AS FAR AS YOU CAN AWAY FROM THIS MONSTROSITY!"
But what say you all?