words: Bill, photo: Autohaus Lancaster
You hear about barn finds where someone finds a vehicle in a barn that has been tucked away by the owner who claims to get it running one of these days. Rarely do you find an older vehicle that hasn’t seen the light of day for years in good shape but there are always exceptions to the rule. Back in the near past (the Bad Days), there were acres of brand new Audi and Volkswagen TDIs fresh off the boat, waiting in the ports for shipment to dealers and into the open arms of diesel fans. Then the stop-sale order came crashing down and these TDIs were suddenly ‘worthless’. Some were shipped back to Germany and some were squirreled away. Very recently, these TDIs (after being fixed, of course) were released to auctions where dealers snapped them up because of a different problem- the supply chain shortages which led to nearly empty dealer lots. These TDIs only have delivery miles on them and are essentially brand new…old stock. Here’s the ad:
Daytona Gray Pearl Effect Exterior
3.0L 6-Cylinder Turbo Diesel Engine
8-Speed Automatic Transmission
All wheel drive
19 City / 27 Highway
Seller Comments (VIN: WA1LMAFE6FD027810, Stock #: 7928)
Thanks for viewing our 2015 Audi Q7 TDI Premium Plus. Yes, the mileage is correct, it really does have less than 100 original miles. These Q7 TDI’s were company vehicles that never were released due to the TDI stop sale in 2015. All TDI recalls have been completed and the vehicle has never been registered. Options include the Premium Plus Package, Warm Weather Package, and Towing Package. Due to the time the vehicle was sitting, our service department preformed an routine service, and installed fresh tires. Don’t delay on the last chance to own a new Q7 TDI. Contact one of our friendly Audi Brand Specialists for more information.
So how much would you think a new gen 1 Q7 TDI Premium Plus with 100 miles is listed at? Well, in the same batch of TDIs that were released, were some Volkswagen TDIs. This example is a 93-mile 2015 Volkswagen SportWagen SEL TDI 6-speed manual with Driver Assistance Package , Lighting Package , and Fender audio system and is listed for a stunning $47,900. This Q7? A cool $73,899. If you fancy yourself a new old stock 2015 Q7 TDI Premium Plus, you can find it HERE.
BTW, if you have never visited Autohaus Lancaster, you should. They have a really cool auto museum in the basement filled with historic Porsches and Volkswagens including a last year 184-mile 1979 VW Beetle Cabriolet that was never sold to a customer. I wonder how much it’s worth today? The museum is open to the public with free admission. Next time you are driving through Lancaster, PA, stop by. You can see the cars HERE.