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#2306 of 3430 2004 Passat GLS with 4 motion
Mar 29, 2004 (3:19 pm)
I paid $22999 for a 2004 Passat GLS with 4 motion, 1.8T, manual, winter package, leatherette interior, sunroof. Original price was $26999. The price had been discounted $2000 (rebate from VW), and the rest from the dealer. The $22999 was the sales price posted on the vehicle. I thought this compared very well to Edmunds and Consumer Reports. The only additional fee was the dreaded $179 dealer documentation fee, which was non negotiable.
I also got more than I thought I would on my 1998 VW Cabrio GLS in trade.
Overall, very pleased with my deal and car from Bill Britt VW in Fredericksburg, VA. Just hope I am as pleased in 2 years with the car.
#2307 of 3430 '03 W8--Ray
Mar 29, 2004 (10:40 pm)
When I asked the question a week or so ago about an '03 W8 you mentioned that you traded in a Passat for a Lincoln LS sport. Tonight I popped for an LS V6 with appearance package, roof, heated/cooled seats, and some other stuff. With $6000 in rebates, the dealer giving me about half of his $1750 holdback, $4000 trade in on a 10 year old, increasingly unreliable Cadillac, it came out to about $24,600 before sales tax. Window sticker was $38,580.
This is now my wife's car. Get this puppy paid off and then I'm probably off to a Saab 9-3 Aero.
Sure is nice to have the kids out of college and all those costs behind me.
Thanks for everyone's advice.
#2308 of 3430 '04 Incetives and Rebates
Apr 07, 2004 (9:37 am)
I see here on Edmunds that VW is offering a $2000 marketing support incetive, plus the $500 owner loyalty rebate. Has anyone had success getting $2500 off invoice or slightly above? I am wondering what kind of deals people are getting with the $2500 in mind. I am in NJ. Thanks!
#2309 of 3430 Re: '04 Incetives and Rebates [susansms #2308]
Apr 09, 2004 (11:23 am)
I took advantage of the previous incentive (potential $2000 off plus 0.9 - 1.9 APR loan from VW). Got my Passat ($500 off VW owner loyalty, $500 off purchase of Passat, $1000 from dealer -- it was a sales incentive to the dealer- when I took the VW low interest offer).
I contacted 3 dealers, the one I bought my 2000 Passat from and two via different internet purchase services. Frank Z Imports in Dayton, OH gave me the best deal...Actual dealer invoice (as confirmed through Edmunds.com) AND $2000 off that price AND the 1.9% APR!
The other dealers either a) wouldn't include the $1000 incentive that was tied to the 1.9% or they quoted a dealer's cost that included what I've been told are inappropriate advertising and port floor plan costs.
It wasn't totally smooth as the Sales Manager tried to say that he couldn't give the full $2k off and tried to only give $1500, but I stuck to my guns and got what I came for at the price I wanted -- even got my price on my trade in
The current incentives are a bit different, but I think that the tough sales environment and whatever VW is doing as incentives that we as consumers may not be aware of will, give you a good chance to get a heck of a deal...If you're willing to walk (and I was).
BTW, bought an '04 GLX with the rolling improvements (i.e. onstar and integrated turn signals in mirrors).
#2310 of 3430 Incentives and Rebates
Apr 09, 2004 (7:24 pm)
Passat GLX wagon, manual, with onstar, no splash guards, no remote cd changer. MSRP including destination: 31,355. Edmunds invoice: 28,583. Price paid: 26,350. Total w/taxes, fees: 27,900.
So far so good. Enjoy the performance of the manual as compared to the auto.
#2311 of 3430 GLS 1.8T Auto with 4-Motion??
Apr 09, 2004 (9:17 pm)
Does it exist? Looked at Passats today. We have been trying to decide what to get for our next car and think that you can't beat VW for the fun and performance for the price. There are great deals on the GLS, but does the GLS with 4-Motion really exist? The dealer today said that it will not until 2005, however this site makes me believe otherwise. I checked inventory in Illinois where we live and in NJ. Has anyone found one elsewhere?
#2312 of 3430 1.8T GLS with 4motion
Apr 11, 2004 (1:22 pm)
Yes it exists. You may have to get your dealer to search for you. I am not sure the rebates are still available, though. I have had my 04 GLS 1.8T manual with 4 motion for 2 weeks now, and am very happy with it.
#2313 of 3430 Passat fuel economy
Apr 20, 2004 (7:29 pm)
I had a 2001 Passat (before the changes) with a 1.8T 4 cyl and 5 Speed manual, and got fabulous mileage (23 city/33 highway) I traded for a 2003 Passat with same engine (20 more horsepower) and automatic transmission. I feel lucky when I see 15 mpg in the city and 26 mpg on the highway. I am the only Passat owner experiencing this?? Please let me know.
#2314 of 3430 Re: Incentives and Rebates [laserjock #2310]
Apr 27, 2004 (12:11 pm)
Hi. I'm looking at an '04 Passat Wagon, as you described, but need automatic transmission - everything else seems to be standard: sunroof, one-CD-at-a-time player (but it does have a cassette player, too, for Books on Tape!), cruise, etc. I am convinced that because I am a woman I am not getting anywhere near a good deal. The "invoice" I saw on this car was $29,823, and the best quote I have in hand so far is $27,950...a lot more than the $26350 you paid, even if I paid extra for the automatic transmission! I would like to get this car for $27,000. Is that realistic? (I live in NC, by the way. I think the cars come in at Wilmington - destination charge is $575.) Right now I have suspended this car purchase because I am in such a bad mood about the whole "game" that is being played on me, with MY money!