eBay The good: car was running great until about 6 months ago, when I parked it. Many, new, and expensive parts gave been added in the last year (radiator, coolant expansion tank [reservoir], main cooling fan [w/fan control module], aux. cooling fan, headlight assembly housings, engine breather apparatus)
The bad: the car has had a thermostat problem for a couple years. I've replaced the ridiculously expensive thermostat assembly TWICE. The car doesn't overheat, rarely the gauge starts showing hot while driving, the main symptom is that both fans run at top speed and it sounds like a jet taking off. That's why I replaced both fans because I drove it like that (running full speed) for about a year. I replaced the radiator and expansion tank (not at the same time) because they had developed leaks from age.
I parked it because the oil pressure light started coming on. Just to be clear, this is the warning on the information center in the middle of the inst. panel, not the little oil can light. I'm not sure what their relationship is, but both did not come on. The message board light used to come on sporadically and go off after a couple seconds, but now message stays on 1 min. after starting. I changed the oil/filter and found the filter to be collapsed into an hourglass shape. I was going to pull the oil pan and check the pickup tube, but I have no place to do that.
It will also need a fuel control module, because it’s located in the trunk under the spare tire and I dumped a gallon of spring water, and now the fuel gauge doesn't work.
Also the space-saver spare and jack is missing.
The left front rim is cracked (I hit it), causing a slow leak.
So, there's a lot good about the car. I also have an excellent condition, color-matched salvage trunk lid to fix the rust around the license plate lights, and a brand new sound dampening (belly) pan.
Feel free to contact me, it has been a great car, and I love talking about it.

Used
“Good appearance exterior/interior, this car RUNS but can't be driven”
Year: 2003 VIN (Vehicle Identification Number): WVWUK63B23P247611
Mileage: 170,000 Transmission: Automatic
Make: Volkswagen Body Type: Sedan
Model: Passat Warranty: Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Trim: W8 Vehicle Title: Clear
Engine: 4.0 W8 Options: CD Player, Leather Seats, Sunroof
Drive Type: AWD Safety Features: Anti-Lock Brakes, Driver Airbag, Passenger Airbag, Side Airbags
Power Options: Air Conditioning, Cruise Control, Power Locks, Power Windows, Power Seats Sub Model: W8
Fuel Type: Gasoline Exterior Color: Lt. Blue
For Sale By: Private Seller Interior Color: Gray
Disability Equipped: No Number of Cylinders: 8
Drive Side: Left-hand drive