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  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,891

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • wow

    That was the title of the e-mail that had the link to it... :P

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  • .... that my son was actually putting that out there.... as a possibility for his next vehicle..

    Not sure I'm brave enough to own that...

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  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,001
    edited December 2012
    It's a VW, and the CEL is on, imagine that... :P I didn't know the W8 was made with a stick shift.

    The three strikes I see against it are: (1) VW reliability, (2) extremely rare engine, (3) AWD system. The purchase price would be insignificant compared to the repair costs.
  • stickguystickguy Posts: 13,570
    there was one of those, with lower miles, on the SJ Craig's not all that long ago. Pretty sure it was a stick.

    2013 Acura RDX (wife's), 2007 Volvo S40 (when daughter lets me see it), 2000 Acura TL (formerly son's, now mine again), and new Jetta SE (son's first new car on his own dime!)

  • I didn't know the W8 was made with a stick shift

    That's exactly what I said....

    I barely remember that they had a W8... :surprise:

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  • There is a Manheim auction nearby that used car lot.... I'm sure they see a lot of strange stuff come through there...

    That dealer is only about 5 miles away from the one that had that AWD V70 R wagon with stick, from a few months ago...

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  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,093
    WOW is right. I didn't even know they made a W8 stick shift. You learn something new every day.

    I'd definitely be scared of owning that car. Think Porsche 928. You can't just bring it to any old hans independent Porsche mechanic, you have to bring it to a 928 specialist. I'd imagine these are IMPOSSIBLE.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 7,093
    This morning I had to pick up a 21" porcelain pedistal basin for work. Yes it would have fit in the 328xi somehow (if not the trunk, then the back seat), but just to be on the safe side I swiped my wife's Pilot. Now it just so happens that I had to drive back to CT from The Bronx to see my 6 year old son's music class perform at 11:25 am. We got home about 12:15 & I was putting some bags in the Pilot for my wife to now take to work. She comes out of the house & gives me "the look."

    me: "What's that for?"
    wife: "I was hoping to get the day off from driving the bus (Pilot) today. I haven't taken your BMW to work in a while."
    me, thinking the operative word here is "your" as in MY BMW: "Sure sweetheart, go ahead. Enjoy!"

    It was a gorgeous, sunny, late fall day. I had to drive back to The Bronx & had already done the 65 mile round trip in the Pilot. I looked in the garage and saw my Prelude sitting there as it has been for at least a month. I ran inside, grabbed the keys and TOOK OFF!

    My Prelude just fits me perfectly. I really get so much joy out of driving a 3000 lb, 4cyl, 5 speed manual transmission car with a lofty redline. The shifts are crisp, the cable actuated throttle is direct. The car is just super responsive. I hit 148,000 miles on the way home & I swear it drives like it has 50,000 miles on it. Still on the ORIGINAL shocks, I'm wondering what a set of Bilsteins would do for it? Hmmmm.

    2001 Honda Prelude Type SH/ 2011 BMW 328xi / 2011 Honda Pilot EX-L w/ Navigation

  • steine13steine13 Posts: 2,409
    >> W8 was made with a stick....

    No picture of the lever = no stick shift.
    Call me a doubting Thomas.

    Far too many ads say "manual" and what they mean is "paddles."

    I don't think that car was available with three pedals.

    Ba humbug -Mathias
  • kyfdx%40Edmundskyfdx%40Edmunds Posts: 25,872
    edited December 2012
    There are six of them for sale with stick on AutoTrader... (in the whole country... '03-'04 models)

    With shifter pictures... ;)

    Here is one

    Curb weight... 4100 lbs.. :surprise:

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  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    Maybe the CEL is on because they just turned the key to light up the odometer?

    At least you know the CEL light works. :D
  • ronsteveronsteve Posts: 435
    Maybe the CEL is on because they just turned the key to light up the odometer?
    If we could see the tach, we would know. :)
  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    Ah, clever photography. :shades:
  • fintailfintail Posts: 32,892
    If any VW electrical feature is going to work, it's the CEL :shades:
  • tjc78tjc78 JerseyPosts: 5,023

    1999 Chevy S10 / 2004 Merc Grand Marquis / 2012 Buick LaCrosse

  • Stever@EdmundsStever@Edmunds YooperlandPosts: 38,927
    edited December 2012
    Quote of the day. :)

    I'm going to flush the coolant and replace the thermostat on my van next week, which will probably wind up costing as much as that Olds Silhouette is selling for.
  • corvettecorvette United StatesPosts: 4,001
    That 3-series looks rough, and it's debadged, so I'm guessing it's a 323i with big rims on it. I hate the spoiler.
  • jayriderjayrider Posts: 3,194
    Good one fintail !!!
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