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Autotrader Find: 2003 Volkswagen Passat W8 Manual

Here’s a Volkswagen Passat that you won’t see very often — even if you’re a Volkswagen fan. It’s a 2003 Passat with an 8-cylinder "W8" engine that’s mated to a manual transmission — and it’s the only manual Passat W8 currently listed for sale on Autotrader.

I’m going to start this Autotrader Find with a quick discussion of exactly what this car is. This generation of the Volkswagen Passat was sold from mid-2001 through 2005, and it was offered with a turbocharged 4-cylinder engine or a V6. In 2002, Volkswagen added the "W8" model, which used a 270-horsepower 4-liter 8-cylinder engine — a crazy decision at the time, as no other midsize sedan offered an 8-cylinder.

But Volkswagen went further than simply offering an 8-cylinder. The automaker offered the powertrain on both sedan and wagon models, meaning you could get an 8-cylinder Volkswagen Passat station wagon. And it was offered with manual or automatic transmissions — and while the manual was far rarer, that’s exactly what we have here.

This particular 2003 Passat W8 is finished in blue-green with a gray interior, and it’s offered by a private seller in the Dallas, Texas area. It’s covered 134,000 miles, and it’s currently listed for sale for $10,900 — with the ad saying that the engine is new, with just 3,000 miles, and the car also has a new clutch. That may give some insight into the reality of owning one of these cars, but the addition of new major parts also means this particular example may give you the chance to have a rare Volkswagen in better-than-usual condition.

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