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Volkswagen Passat, Wagon
Apr 20, 2001 (9:54 pm)
VW buyers are generally not whimsical in their purchases...Although it is
certainly no secret that the new, redesigned Passat of 1998 has launched
this VW product onto an entirely different plateau...I sold a rather reasonable
number of '96 & '97 Passat Wagons...and have sold, or more acurately had
the opportunity to sell a grand total of 1...yes, 1 Passat Wagon...vintage 1997,
GLX, Green/Beige Leather. It was a trade for a '98.
Certainly we broke no Sales records with that product, but this was in a different
time...VW was a product that had a following...a cult following, if you will. We are
now very main stream...just follow the threads.
It is my belief that the folks that have these Wagons will keep them, and run them
into the ground, because they own the last of a breed...these are the people that wave
to other VW drivers passing in the opposite direction on roads all across America and
have done so for decades...I don't think new Passat owners, although I know they
love their cars, feel the same comraderie.
So, good luck in your search...there are plenty of places to look...finding might
be a little tougher...
#216 of 1941 2001 pre face lift wagons
Apr 21, 2001 (1:47 am)
the local dealer on Maui has a record SEVEN 2001 pre facelift passat wagons on their lot,
If i remember correctly
two gls / c. red/ anth. grey
the rest are v6 and/or 4 mo. a couple of white and another grey, don't remember the rest,
they have been there for probably close the three months.
If you really wanted one they would cut a deal and ship it BACK to the mainland. (that's a new one)
there seems to be a scarcity of wagons at the BEGINNING of the Model runs,
the economy is stalling, I would guess there will be a glut of inventory about Sept. that's the time to cut a deal.
the dealers will eat their mrsp words about then
#217 of 1941 what is best discount from msrp on 01.5 P Wagon? by kelf
Apr 23, 2001 (1:10 pm)
just purchased a 01.5 P wagon GLS 1.8T automatic blue with leather, luxury, monsoon, cold weather, and homelink. i was able to get it at $100 over invoice (invoice was 25,397, msrp was 27,300). here was my strategy - i went in, test drove it and offered 4000 under the msrp of 27,300. the dealer kind of laughed but took it to the boss. the dealer came back with the invoice sheet just to show what they "paid" for the car. i compromised to 3000 under msrp. the dealer said that is still under invoice and will not work. eventually we got to about 25,500. my goal was to get it for under 25,000 and could not get the dealer below 25,500.
i walked out that day and called around to other dealerships only to find out that they didn't have any on their lot or they didn't have anthing in a 4 banger. one dealer laughed on the phone when i mentioned paying below invoice - that dealer said maybe they could budge a little from msrp, but nothing close to invoice. after hours of calling and searching the web, i figured i had a pretty good deal with the first dealer. the next day i called to see if the car was still there, went down and purchased it.
before doing any of this i read the very informative edmunds article on buying a new car. i followed pretty much all the advice the article provided - stuck to the price of the car, not the payments, knew what the car was valued at (invoice, tmv, and msrp), and avoided being talked into a different car that i didn't want.
all of this was in ohio
#218 of 1941 Hi mcferbr- Congratulations on your new Passat Wagon!
Apr 23, 2001 (1:52 pm)
And thanks for sharing your story with us. Sounds like you had a good purchase experience, not to mention you got a very good deal! We look forward to hearing more about your ownership experience. Please keep us posted.
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#219 of 1941 Discount from MSRP
Apr 25, 2001 (4:41 pm)
I just got a 2001.5 GLS V-6 Tiptronic, with cold weather package and Monsoon. We called the dealer to see if they had any in stock and they quoted us $495 over invoice for one that had come in that afternoon. Closed the deal 2 hours later and took delivery the next day. Figure they make about $1,000 bucks on the deal because of the 2% holdback, but it's still reasonable considering it was $1,500 under MSRP.
Apr 26, 2001 (9:35 am)
Our dealer offers a Smartchoice2000 Encore extended warranty (10 years/120000 miles) for $1,100 dollars. The general message I get from most sources is buy the VW backed warranty, though the price is higher and the coverage period is shorter. Has anyone had experience with the Encore warranty, or the VW warranty for that matter?
#221 of 1941 Car Seats
Apr 30, 2001 (11:25 pm)
Does anyone have experience using the new convertible booster seats with the Passat '01.5? We really like the car but when we test drove it and tried out our car seats they didn't work. The rear seat belts, next to the doors, are set slightly forward allowing the car seat to move several inches side-to-side. The sales people were clueless about installing child car seats and their recommendation of putting foam underneath was ridiculous. Any input would be greatly appreciated.
May 01, 2001 (6:18 pm)
I have 2 kids in boosters right now. If you pull the seatbelt out all the way until the ratchets lock, then kneel on the car seat while pulling the belt back it will hold it in place. You need to put some weight on the seat and pull the belt tight, otherwise it slides around.
#223 of 1941 Car seats
May 01, 2001 (10:22 pm)
We kneeled in the seat and had the seatbelts as tight as they would go. We just couldn't get them to fit. It's nice to know some car seats do fit. What kind of boosters do you have? If the passat had the iso-fix we wouldn't have this problem.
#224 of 1941 Where are they?
May 02, 2001 (12:28 pm)
No one has 2001.5 wagons in Eastern PA. When are they supposed to start arriving?