Some major maintenance was done on that one, Meger cars are very reliable however they are getting to a point later in life when it is time to pay the piper with gaskets/hoses ect. Some cars had issues in the early cars with lifters requiring tear downs. Clutch accumilators are now ~$600 in parts to replace and they are a consumable depending how much or little you drive. Driving these cars more generally has less issues than the cars that are only taken out on sunny weekend days.
01 and early 02's had issues with gear box detents because of poor shimming of the main shaft. This results in the 2nd gear syncro being destroyed and the cars will pop out of gear under decel load. If this happens figure $6-10k to go through the box let alone anything else you end up with going in there.
They make fantastic sounds and are wonderful cars but with age comes cost as well as finding someone to work on them that knows what they are doing. While these are 20 year old supercars, they can be maintained in your own garage with a good selection of tools and plenty of time on your hands. Power is addicting with them and often ends up going down the rabbit hole until either your 401k has been wiped out or you cry mercy.
No IMS to worry about on the Mezger motor, however the following are major issues:
Front Differential bearings
Coolant fittings leaking or blowing out $,$$$
Damaged radiators $1600-2400 to replace all 3
Coolant hoses are aged and there are a **** load of them $$$ and can be hard to get some times due to stock in the USA. Most come from Germany so figure a couple weeks at this juncture to a month.
2nd Gear syncro wear & pop out $,$$$-$$,$$$
Pinnion bearing wear $,$$$-$$,$$$
Seized wastegates on turbos / leaking turbos $$$$
Vacuum leaks/IC leaks $$$-$$$$
Lifter failures $$,$$$
Worn suspension items can get pricey if catching up on neglected maintenance $$$-$,$$$
Spoiler hydraulic failure $1500-2500 to fix.
Keeping $3-7k for upkeep or a major repair on hand is plenty to stay ahead on these cars. Turbos eat tires, figure 8-12k max for a set of tires, more so if you are heavy with the throttle and dont have a perfectly set up suspension.
Mods are anything you can imagine with most Cup/RSR parts able to be swapped over as well as much later items from GT2/3/RS cars. Power can easily get into the 600whp range without going to crazy, however over that is when things start getting really expensive, if you want 700-850whp then figure head bolts and taking the motor all the way down. This will run $25k in parts easy and thousands in labor, it is easy to throw six figures at these car in going for 1000whp and they will do it, but be warned.
The Car Lounge summed up
Sub-19K mile E39 M5:
I don't like the angles of the exterior shots (and getting in the backseat of an executive sized sedan for a cockpit shot is, as always, a real ballbuster for some), so you'll just have to click the link. This car should fetch a pretty penny.
Brace yourself for the price on this one. Holy mother. https://bringatrailer.com/listing/19...uiser-fj62-40/
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2008 Passat 6-speed manual
2017 Tiguan 4-Motion
formerly Alpinweiss (Alpinweiß)
The values are up on these, like most classic 4x4s. But you can buy a pretty nice one for around 20 grand now. And a decent driving off roader for even less than that.
2019 Tiguan SE 4Mo Orange, temporarily stock. 2001 Passat 4Mo wagon, 1.8T/6sp swapped, Konis, coilover sleeves, A6Q H+R Race springs.
2005 Golf GLS, 2.Slow, Auto, GTI suspension, sways.
2001.5 Passat GLX V6, stock. (son#1), 2000 Passat GLS V6 fwd Tip wagon, stock (son#2)
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