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Offline B5Passat

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How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« on: January 06, 2018, 07:29:47 pm »
Went to look at a car and was told it was 4wd. Apparently they asked Giltrap who sold the car new and they said it was.
https://www.trademe.co.nz/motors/used-cars/volkswagen/auction-1394647103.htm?rsqid=cabea18996b04869b6ee97a30a52ebe7
So how can you tell if a car is 4wd?
The vin number is WVWZZZ3CZFE049015

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #1 on: January 06, 2018, 10:04:32 pm »
Drive shaft at each wheel...
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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #2 on: January 06, 2018, 10:13:53 pm »
Drive shaft at each wheel...

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #3 on: January 06, 2018, 11:00:37 pm »
yeah,if you're able to physically inspect it, get under it and look? easy
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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #4 on: January 07, 2018, 12:13:46 am »
It would also have 4motion badges... It says bluemotion on the back, so maybe they got confused?
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Offline Mike1410

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #5 on: January 07, 2018, 12:19:22 am »
CarJam reckon it's 4wd but they take their info from NZTA records which are not 100% accurate when it comes to trim details. VW NZ's own spec sheets say that only the 500Nm 176KW Bi-TDi and 206KW TSi R-Lines were 4wd - the 130kw TDi R-Line model is listed as being front wheel drive. Plus it has a Bluemotion badge on it not a 4-Motion one.  "R-Line" is merely a VW trim level, as opposed to say a Golf R - which is a specific performance model. It's the trim level equivalent of go faster stripes! I am pretty certain there is no such car as a 4WD Bluemotion, the ideologies behind the two would be contradictory, but badges can of course be changed. There was a 4wd 130KW TDi Passat available from late 2015, but that was the Alltrack. You would need to look at the mechanicals to be absolutely certain, but on paper I would say it isn't 4wd.

https://www.volkswagen.co.nz/media/258319/spec_opt_sheet_all-new-passat_my16.pdf

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #6 on: January 07, 2018, 04:10:22 am »
This Passat isn't a Passat Bluemotion, it's a Passat TDI with Bluemotion technology, which was what they started calling models fitted with start/stop and other features that originated from the actual Bluemotion variants. There is such thing as 4motion models with Bluemotion technology, but as Mike said, no such thing as a Bluemotion 4motion. What a commotion...
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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #7 on: January 07, 2018, 05:22:53 am »
Turn traction control off, and see if you can light up the front wheels  >:D
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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #8 on: January 07, 2018, 11:30:39 am »
Drive shaft at each wheel...

This, a quick kneel on the ground and glance under the rear bumper at the rear axle will tell you immediately.
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Offline B5Passat

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #9 on: January 07, 2018, 02:09:56 pm »
Thanks guys for all the replies. I guess the best and only sure way to tell is look under the car

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #10 on: January 08, 2018, 10:02:37 am »
Assuming you are not in a position to go have a quick look at the car?
The car is NZ new so the NZTA info is more likely to be accurate than an import. However, if you want to be sure, you can contact pretty much any main VW dealer and give them the Rego and/or the VIN and I can look up the full spec sheet for you.
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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #11 on: January 08, 2018, 05:04:50 pm »
Turn traction control off, and see if you can light up the front wheels  >:D

if traction control prevents a fwd from spinning that just means your fwd doesn't have enough power :)

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Re: How can you tell if a car is 4wd?
« Reply #12 on: January 13, 2018, 04:42:02 pm »
Just an update.

I emailed the car company and told them that I don't believe it was a 4motion and they came back to me after contacting VW and said I was correct and that it wasn't a 4motion and that the previous information that they received from Giltrap was wrong.

As much as I liked the car and that it had low k's and had a rline  body kit it didn't have much in the way of bells and whistles. So I bought a 2011 that had low k's 59k to be exact and way more bells and whistles and was a 4motion.