HELLO, I HAVE BEEN ENROLLED HERE FOR AROUND A YEAR BUT NEVER COMPLETED THE TWO POST REQUIREMENT, BUT AM WORKING ON THIS NOW.
MY NAME IS RON AND I LIVE IN NW WASHINGTON STATE (BELLINGHAM) AND HAVE BEEN A PROUD OWNER OF AN 2003 PASSAT W8 4MOTION WAGON THAT ONLY HAD 58,500 MILES ON IT WHEN I BOUGHT IT TWO YEARS AGO (third owner).
I NEED TO GET INPUT FROM EXPERIENCED VW OWNERS AND ENTHUSIASTS.
I have an 2003 Passat W8 4Motion wagon with 61,500 original miles on it and a month ago I was rear-ended. The offenders insurance company decided it was a total, but I bought it back at salvage price. In my view the damage was far from a total loss (right quarter panel stretching, bumper, and dent in rear lid).
Since my light research suggests that there were only around 200 of this particular model imported into the USA I feel that it should be restored, but I live on a limited SSA income and being in my mid-sixties I simply can't do it.
So based upon info from other VW enthusiasts I was told that the engine and tranny (excellent working order, no leakage also) are a very valuable commodity in the eyes of younger small sport car enthusiasts. I was told that I could sell the engine and tranny for a very fair price depending upon who you talk too. One VW mechanic (dealership) told me that I could get between 4 and 6 thousand dollars, while another mechanic shop told me more likely $2000 to $2500.
I would prefer to see it re-built to original condition, in light of its low mileage, but due to financial constraints, I'll likely sell it as a piece meal buyer. Could I get some feedback on this situation from more experienced enthusiasts, or any persons looking for a project car!!!