UCOTD: 2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS Wagon

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we bring you some wagon goodness -- a 2004 Volkswagen Passat GLS wagon.


This one is 100 percent stock, according to the seller, with 63,900 miles on the odometer. It's been garage kept and there is no rust and only minor dings. As well as some curb rash on the wheels.

The seller says it runs and drives well and the body and paint are in "excellent" condition, save for those aforementioned minor dings.

Our seller is asking $6,200. You can see this Georgia-based car here.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • CrackedLCD CrackedLCD on Apr 22, 2024

    This might be the first time I've ever seen a B5 Passat wagon that was not a TDI. These things are rare as hen's teeth where I live but when I do see one, it's always a diesel. I imagine they're the "you take this from me when I die or run out of money for repairs" kind of vehicle with loyal (and poor) owners.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Apr 22, 2024

    VW was continuously refining the Passat and topped out with the B5.5, every other Passat afterward was a lesser car. The last one I rented was about a 2020 or 2021, white with gray interior. It reminded me of a Chevy Celebrity rental. Functional, spacious, big trunk. Other than that not one memorable thing about it.

  • Varezhka The biggest underlying issue of Mitsubishi Motors was that for most of its history the commercial vehicles division was where all the profit was being made, subsidizing the passenger vehicle division losses. Just like Isuzu.And because it was a runt of a giant conglomerate who mainly operated B2G and B2B, it never got the attention it needed to really succeed. So when Daimler came in early 2000s and took away the money making Mitsubishi-Fuso commercial division, it was screwed.Right now it's living off of its legacy user base in SE Asia, while its new parent Nissan is sucking away at its remaining engineering expertise in EV and kei cars. I'd love to see the upcoming US market Delica, so crossing fingers they will last that long.
  • ToolGuy A deep-dive of the TTAC Podcast Archives gleans some valuable insight here.
  • Tassos I heard the same clueless, bigoted BULLSHEET about the Chinese brands, 40 years ago about the Japanese Brands, and more recently about the Koreans.If the Japanese and the Koreans have succeeded in the US market, at the expense of losers such as Fiat, Alfa, Peugeot, and the Domestics,there is ZERO DOUBT in my mind, that if the Chinese want to succeed here, THEY WILL. No matter what one or two bigots do about it.PS try to distinguish between the hard working CHINESE PEOPLE and their GOVERNMENT once in your miserable lives.
  • 28-Cars-Later I guess Santa showed up with bales of cash for Mitsu this past Christmas.
  • Lou_BC I was looking at an extended warranty for my truck. The F&I guy was trying to sell me on the idea by telling me how his wife's Cadillac had 2 infotainment failures costing $4,600 dollars each and how it was very common in all of their products. These idiots can't build a reliable vehicle and they want me to trust them with the vehicle "taking over" for me.
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