We are in the market for a nice, used wagon. At this time we’ve narrowed our search down to a few models:
07 VW Passat Wagon 2.0T (37K @ $14K)
05 VW Passat Wagon GLS (50K @ $9K)
The current family flagship is a 01 Subaru Outback, which we are quite happy with, but at 170K we’re thinking it might be time to think about something with a few less miles under her belt. Too many miles to be the daily commuter, plus road trip car, plus do everything car. She’ll be put out to pasture where she won’t have to do it all everyday.
I’ve never owned a VW before, and while they seem very nice in the test drives, I’m a bit unsure about their reliability, and performance in snowy conditions (both are FR drive). Winter performance and reliability have been a given for for use, coming from the Subby.
I’m also intrigued by the Subaru Legacy Wagon GTs (Limited), probably '05 Oh La La. This car seems to have it going on. Performance and legendary Subaru’s reliability and all-wheel drive. Problem is, they are tough to come by and pricey, with a 80K car easily running into the $10-12K range.
We’re aren’t desperate to purchase a car immediately, but we are looking in the near term, and I’d hate to let good cars, with low miles and a competative price slip away because I was doing too much fence riding. I’m afraid I’ ve done it again, I’ve researched myself into a corner, where I think I’m gun shy to pull or not pull the trigger (ha ha)
So, Opinions…? Do I wait and hunt for a Legacy wagon GT to become available or go after one of these VW with low miles and favorable prices?
Any help would be greatly appreciated; (Passat Wagon owners…?)
PS: Any other suggestions on mid-200s era, wagons would also be appreciated. I’ve looked at Audi, VW, Volvo, Subaru, even BMW, Merc, but have twiddled it down to these.