2004 Volkswagen R32

While the GTI has been the standard bearer of hat hatch performance for Volkswagen since the 1970s, there’s been a series of even hotter production Golfs over the years that have taken the formula one step further. The MkII Rallye Golf was the first of these über Golfs, bringing a supercharged engine and four-wheel drive to the equation. Over a decade later, Volkswagen would release the Golf R32, based on the MkIV platform. The VR6 had already been in action for about a decade by the time this model came around. Instead of the supercharged four cylinder, a larger, 3.2 liter version of the VR6 was employed mated to a six-speed manual and all-wheel drive.

This R32 is for sale by our reader Buzz. It is a one owner car that looks barely broken in, which is not surprising since it has done less than 20,000 miles.

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Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 17,600 miles
Price: $18,900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on Craigslist Reno

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For sale: 2004 VW R32

Standard Features:

V6, 3.2 ltr engine
AWD
Manual 6 speed
Traction control, ABS
A/C
Power windows & door locks
Cruise control
Tilt Wheel
AM/FM Stereo, Cassette, CD
Dual Air Bags, Side Air Bags
Sun Roof
Alloy Wheels
MPG: City 17/Hwy 24 (manufacturer statement)

Purchased new at Lithia VW in Reno. Single owner car, only 17,600 miles!! Yes, that’s all. Smoker car but has just been professionally detailed for sale. Silver with black leather interior. Sport seats. Vehicle belonged to a deceased family member. Please e-mail reply to this ad or call Seven75-85two-5three2nine. $18,900.00

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The MkIV Golf earned a bit of a reputation for being cantankerous. I experienced this behavior first hand as I owned one of the last MkIV GTIs that were produced with the 2.0 liter four cylinder engine. I had that car for two years and sold it the day the warranty expired. The R32, although it may look similar, is an entirely different proposition. It’s a car that I’d be willing to overlook any potential faults and there is a big performance upside. A part of me still wants to live out that VR6 engined GTI fantasy from my youth, as my MkIII and MkIV GTIs were four cylinder models. An R32 as nice as this keeps that desire burning.

-Paul

7 thoughts on “2004 Volkswagen R32

  1. The R32 has really held its value… so much so that it defies common sense. It is a very good car but you can get a GTI still under warranty for that kind of coin.

  2. I firmly believe that half the reason R32’s are holding their value so well is based upon its unique and awesome exhaust note.

  3. Good color combo, and it appears to be in great condition (as it should be for that mileage and price). Sure, the Mk4 wasn’t the most reliable Golf generation, but it’s the only generation that offered the VR6 with AWD and a proper manual transmission. No mention of mention of accident history though. Kudos to the up-front seller for disclosing the smoker history in the ad. Bummer the previous owner smoked…there’s so many interior materials that absorb that smell – you can try to cover it up, but there’s no way to really kill it.

  4. My girlfriend’s brother just bought one of these with 65k miles on it. As pointed out, that exhaust note is intoxicating. Being a MK4 though, stupid little things go wrong. Since buying it earlier this year, the steering rack had to be replaced, O2 sensors, the flexpipes were done so headers put in, and a few odds and ends. What’s irritating is a lot of the parts are bespoke to this car, and the VW parts people don’t seem to understand what an “2004 R32” is. This car is meant for the true enthusiast that would love it to live with it.

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