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gabrielnya

I am actually looking at getting a used passat between year 2007 to 2010 model (I dont mind salvaged) My aunt use to own one which i drove for a year. I want a car with good gas mileage and yet tourge great accelaration. Less on maintenance cost and affordable parts.

Priorities: Interior styling / Exterior styling / Fuel economy / Handling / Audio & nav systems

Preferred Bodystyle(s): Sedan

Car Needs: Daily commuter / Family transporter / Errands about town / Long trips / Fun toy

Primary Driver(s): Tall driver

Need minimum of 5 seats

Will consider both new and used cars
Maximum mileage: 70000
Maximum age: 7 years

Maximum price: US $ 4000

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Response from mkaresh

11:57 am February 20, 2015

Even with a salvage title it will likely be hard to find a quick 2007 or newer car with under 70,000 miles for under $4,000. Have you found any?

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Response from gabrielnya

6:08 am February 21, 2015

@mkaresh,

I havent yet. but i am actively checking www.auctionexport.com and salvage drive hoping to get one. And mileage could be over a hundred if that will reduce the cost of purchase.

Any ideas where i can look. i can increase the budget if i see what i want.

Thanks

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Volkswagen Passat
Honda Accord
Acura TSX

Response from mkaresh

3:57 pm February 21, 2015

Response from mwcten

2:49 pm February 23, 2015

Unless you've worked at a body shop/mechanics shop and know exactly what you're getting into I think you're tempting fate looking for a salvage vehicle. You're dealing with folks who are pros at hiding automotive problems; vehicles may have sat for a while, and you'll be buying as-is (I'm assuming?). I'd try to find a test-drivable vehicle off Craigslist or someplace like that from a private seller (the person who has been driving it; not a car flipper); have a mechanic check it; pay less than kbb.

Also, if you're OK with an Accord or TSX, I'd go with one of those over a Passat because they'll be cheaper to maintain, even though you will have to choose between older/higher milage.

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Response from Member6348

2:49 am February 24, 2015

Try looking around at some of the local repair shops that specialize in German cars. Some people bring in their cars and don't want to swallow repair costs for some things; the timing chain on the V6 comes to mind, something that doesn't happen until higher-mileage, but it can cost a pretty penny... Find the 3.6 V6 for the B6 Passat if you can, they're realibe and fun engines. The 2.0Ts are good too (have in in my GTI, and with regular maintenance and lots of care, they run fantastic), but require vigilance and religious maintenance... If you cant find something newer, I'd suggest a B5/B5.5 Passat ('99-2005) with the 2.8L V6. Smooth as butter and wonderful on the highway. Just try to find one that's had a regular timing belt change interval (80k miles) and has been fed full synthetic oil. Although even the worst maintained 2.8Ls can be brought back to life. As far as maintenance costs, if you're willing to do the preventative stuff yourself (oil changes, air filter, ect...) They're not bad. German cars need a steady diet of full-synthetic oils. I'd recommend Total/Elf or a Euro-brand oil, just because that's what they were intended to be run on.

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Response from gabrielnya

11:53 am February 27, 2015

Thanks guys,

At mwcten, I really didt look at it from your angle. and it makes a whole lot of sense. Ill definately add the accord(Prefarably 06 model) above the passat on my preference list. Thanks

@ Member from Michigan, Getting a V6 is not on my list due to its fuel consumption compared to the 2.0L. And from the cost of maintenance youve described, i thing ill have to really start looking at a Honda Accord. I want a car that needs so much "care". and as well dnt want anything older than 05. Thanks for the insight. Now i think my dream car has to wait. ill just get a car I do the runs with.

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