B4 Passat TDI

ssullivan

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Aug 23, 2021
Location
NV
TDI
2001 Jetta
Just saw a silver B4 Passat TDI driving on Veterans Parkway in Reno, NV.

It had a little red emblem in the bottom left of the grille, do we know what that means?

Wikipedia says <1000 sales in the US so it made me happy and a bit jealous. Edit: It was a wagon too!
 
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d24tdi

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Jan 6, 2019
Location
MT
TDI
96 B4V
I have felt for a long time that that <1k production number for the B4V has to be BS.

I still see way too many on the road today for it to be true. I know it's true that folks who have them try to keep them going so their survival rate is probably way higher than the average almost 30yo vehicle model, but I have known of many that have been junked too. I know of at least a dozen original B4V wagons either currently still running around or that have been scrapped just in my local area here, which is small-town Montana. When I lived on the West Coast and was turning wrenches for a living, I knew personally of at least another 5 or 10 owned by friends in the area, and regularly worked on a half dozen more. So that would mean that I personally know at least 20-30 examples. Is it really possible that I have firsthand experience with something like 3% of the total population, without having even tried at all, just as a regular guy encountering them for work or parked at the grocery store in town??? I don't think so.

I would like to know where that "only 980 produced!!!!" story originated...... Something tells me it was something the folks in Bellingham WA who were cobbling together questionable "restorations" of these cars cooked it up to try to sell more. But one way or another I am convinced it's wrong. They just aren't that rare, even today.

Granted, maybe you saw a sedan, and those are even more common.
 

JordanTr

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Mar 28, 2022
Location
Kimberley, BC
TDI
1996 B4V, 2006 Dmax, 2005 Allroad, 2005 BHW
I’ve only ever seen one other b4v in the flesh in the past 2 years and 1 for sale in the province (gasser). They must be a lot less common up here!
 

prsa01

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Aug 16, 2000
Location
mpls,mn usa
TDI
14 jsw 6m, 96 B4v, miss my a4 :(
I still have a b4v that I bought from a tdiclub member many years ago. It only has ~200k and is in near perfect shape. Sadly, it doesn't get many miles anymore. Our primary car is a '14 jsw tdi and with both my wife and I retired we just don't need a 2nd car all that often. Mostly gets used as our "truck" that happens to get 45+ mpg. OTOH, not being on our winter, salt filled, roads is probably the only reason it's still in good shape.
 

ssullivan

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Aug 23, 2021
Location
NV
TDI
2001 Jetta
B4V means TDI wagon only? The <1000 figure was for TDI wagon only and that is what I saw!

Wonder if Canada got Syncro B4 MT or even 4mo B5 MT?
 
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