At $ 8,500, could this 2013 VW Passat TDI be a deal?
Today’s seller Good price or no dice Passat TDI calls it a ‘needle in a haystack’ because of its manual transmission and being a VW survivor Dieselgate debacle. Let’s see if that makes its price a bargain, or if it is yet another scandal the car has to face.
Like the designs of all consumer products, the car styling ebb and flow over time Sometimes whirlpools form along the way and traditions are born. Yesterday 2008 Chevy HHR SS honored two of Chevy long-standing traditions – the styling of the company’s early light trucks and the revered SS or “Super Sport” badge. With over 100K on the meter and an asking price of $ 9,999, few of you felt that traditions worth hanging on. Ultimately, this led to the Heritage High Roof to go down in a 73 percent loss with no dice.
Let’s go back in time for a moment, and consider the Volkswagen leak, then aborted, the April Fool’s joke that the company would be renamed. like “Voltzwagen.” Everything was to be announced on First of April with the fingers crossed behind the back and the justification that it was logical that the the company was moving towards a line of almost all-electric products at all levels. Wow, it looks like that was years ago.
Volkswagen (no name change) has, in fact, moved to the production of electric vehicles, just like most of its competitors. Its reason, however, is a bit more outrageous than that of other automakers, as it is partly due to the company getting caught cheating on diesel emissions tests.
As a partial rendition of its emissions cheating activities here in the United States, VW is building a network of electric vehicle charging stations across the country. This fits in well with the company’s shift to electric cars, a push that has been driven largely by loss. of the company’s most fuel-efficient models among dealer lots and even on some the hands of the owners.
Well, maybe not all of them.
This 2013 Volkswagen Passat TDI is considered a delay in the recall efforts, having been saved from the crusher – or whatever VW has done with their buyout cars – by an owner who apparently appreciated high mileage over low emissions. Hey, we’re not here to judge motives, just price tags.
Being a TDI makes this Tennessee-built Passat an interesting beast in today’s post-Dieselgate world. It sports a six-speed manual making it even very rare and more fun too. Yes, the 140 horsepower of the 2.0-liter small four diesel is nothing to defend, but its more useful 236 lb-ft of torque just might be. It’s stop-and-go conduct much more engaging. And, while you might do not pass everything on the highway in this Passat, you’ll slip into most gas stations since the car can travel nearly 50 miles per gallon on open road.
The car looks good in the ad, although the seller notes a crack in the windshield that will likely need to be repaired. The metallic gray paint and the lean shine both work appear to be in good shape, although some discoloration is noticeable on the driver’s door B-pillar. The car is an SE model so it has some bells and whistles to his name. Those include the Shiny trim around the windows and a nice set of alloy rims.
The interior is cornsilk beige faux leather and looks decent. Wear is evident on the steering wheel, shift gaiter and center armrest, all surfaces where a hand or elbow could rest. You get heated seats and a fancy analog clock here. An aftermarket double DIN stereo occupies the center column above the climate controls but accommodates the spacetably.
There is been a few monkeys in the mechanics of the car too. The announcement notes the addition of a cat-back exhaust and a cold air intake, both from aFe. The high pressure fuel pump has also been replaced and the engine is running Malone Tunings Stage 2 mapping for good measure. Finally, a transmission service (Clutch? Synchros? What?) Was performed 20,000 miles ago. The car now has 164,000 miles and comes with the service records of current and previous owners. The title is clean and the car is said to be performing wonderfully.
With Volkswagen going electric and apparently every Crossover too, this latest TDI and sedan body style hurray is a callback to what once was. For lovers of such things, now we will have to decide what it might be worth. The asking price is $ 8,500, and it is safe to say that there will be few products on the market to judge that price.
What do you think of this rare Passat TDI and that $ 8,500? Does that seem like a reasonable price for a swansong from a car? Or is the price of that scandal-ravaged VW too high for redemption?
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