If you are getting expired warranty cars anyway get a well maintained low millage 2001 Audi S4, that will nuke anything you have in that lineup, and take care of it right and it will be good to you. Plus it's an Audi they are good in the snow.
I know they may be hard to find but you could just get lucky.
Other than that have you considered a Pontiac GTO?
Those cars are amazing and people put VERY VERY few miles on them, it's definitly a car that is treated well, it's amazingly fun to drive and ridiculously cheep. I can find ones right next to me that go for 18k and have 15k miles.
Forget VW and Ford, take the next step up to both manufacturers and go for their big daddies.