Mileage: 96,000 Miles
Engine: 2.0-Liter 4-Cylinder BPY 4ITCG20 Turbocharged
Transmission: 6-Speed Shiftable Automatic Transmission with Sport Mode
Exterior color: Tornado Red
Interior: Classic Grey Leatherette
Glovebox Wine Cooler
Power Lift Gate
17-Inch Sport Alloy Wheels
Pioneer Stereo with Navigation, Bluetooth, Sirius Satellite Radio
Passat All-Weather Floor Mats
Gorilla Gear Cargo Mat
Fresh Oil Change and Timing Belt
2-Owner California / Colorado Car
Former CPO Car
All Records Since New
Hello and welcome wagon fanatics, here it is—a Tornado Red Volkswagen Passat 2.0T wagon. If you are like me, you value the superior driving dynamics and looks of a sporty German wagon over the current epidemic of fat, bloated, and top-heavy cross-over vehicles clogging our roads. Finding one in red—Tornado Red—is a rare added bonus! The fifth generation Volkswagen Passat Wagon, known internally as the B6, was an excellent evolution of one of the best and most popular European wagons sold in the United States. It came from an era before VW cheapened its materials and lied about diesel emissions in a quest to become the largest auto manufacturer in the world. The German-built B6 Passat wagon offers luxury, utility, efficiency, and a sporting driving experience.
The 2008 2.0T example I am selling is a 2-owner former CPO (certified pre-owned) car that I purchased from my neighbor. He only sold it because he got a Tesla Model X. The CPO warranty is expired now, but only the best cars were selected for CPO and the warranty has allowed it to be properly maintained. It was leased by its first owner from Timmons of Long Beach, California in February of 2008 and remained in Southern California until it was returned in December of 2009 with 35,900 miles and certified as a CPO car. My neighbor, who had been searching far and wide for a Tornado Red Passat wagon, found it and brought it to Colorado. It has a clean Carfax and comes with detailed maintenance records. It has always received regular oil changes and all scheduled maintenance has been done at the correct intervals. I gave it a fresh oil change and replaced the timing belt ahead of schedule in preparation for sale. My neighbor upgraded the stock stereo with a touch screen Pioneer AVIC-X940BT unit that features navigation, Sirius satellite radio, MP3, smart phone integration, blue tooth, and hands-free interface. I’m not normally a fan of aftermarket stereos, but this unit is an excellent upgrade to the factory stereo, which is also included with the sale. This example was ordered with 17-inch sport Akiros-style wheels, heated seats, side rear window shades, Passat all-weather floor mats, a Gorilla Gear rear cargo mat, and an air conditioned glove box beverage / wine cooler.
Tornado Red is a rare color for a Passat Wagon, and one that looks fantastic in person. If you are a sucker for red, like I am (I have a Tornado Red 1990 VW Vanagon Carat), then the color is what makes this car. It is clear at first glance that it has always lived indoors and been spared exposure to inclement weather. The paint and body are in excellent condition; they have no glaring dents, chips, or peeling clear coat. There is no rust. All panels are original and it has never been in an accident. There is some minor pitting along the leading edges of the hood and front bumper cover, but it is presentable and less than would be expected for a car of this age and mileage. The trim, black-work, headlight lenses, and window glass are very presentable. The optional Sport Alloy Akiros style 17-inch wheels are straight and free of bends; two have minor curb rash. The Continental Extreme Contact DWS tires are nearing replacement, but have enough meat to last through the fall. I would recommend replacements before the first snow.
The classic grey interior compliments Tornado Red wonderfully. The build and material quality of the fifth generation Passat are much better than that of the generations that followed. The power leatherette heated seats are comfortable and supportive, the driving position is correct, and the visibility is excellent—unlike a crossover, riddled with stylish blind spots—I hate crossovers! Open the door and there are no odors; it has never been smoked in. There are no stains or tears in the carpet. All power seat functions and heater elements work; they have no tears or failed stitching. All power door locks, windows, and the power lift gate work; the driver’s window regulator was replaced under warranty (a common issue). The instrument cluster and displays have no failed pixels. The heat blows warm and the air conditioning blows cold.
When you buy a used car, you buy the previous owner’s stewardship. This Passat has an excellent mechanical pedigree. The 2.0T motor is the perfect compromise between power and efficiency, especially in the high density altitudes of Colorado. When coupled with the 6-speed shiftable automatic gearbox it makes rush hour traffic tolerable and spirited mountain drives enjoyable. I have compiled all records and the Carfax into 3-ring binder that comes with the vehicle. I also have a spreadsheet summary that I can email on request, along with the Carfax. Both sources show regular oil changes, and major services done at the correct intervals. My neighbor insisted on doing 5,000-mile oil changes using only Castrol Synthetic VW-spec 5w-40 weight oil with MOA additive. It got a fresh oil change, timing belt, and new wiper blade inserts in preparation for sale. Later B7 generation 2.0T motors had issues with excessive oil consumption, the B6 doesn’t suffer this to the same extent and this motor as never had anything other than normal consumption. The timing belt condition was inspected per the factory maintenance schedule at 60K and 80K miles. The factory interval is 110K miles, but that interval is too long in my opinion. It replaced the timing belt, water pump, thermostat assembly, and flushed the coolant.
I have thoroughly enjoyed this car in the short time that I have had it. I would like to find an owner who will give it a good home and enjoy it for years to come.
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