Roll the dice? 2004 Volkswagen R32 with 399,767 miles

The R32 is one of my favorite Volkswagens — at least among the ones we actually got in America. A great sounding 3.2 liter VR6, 6-speed manual transmission, 4motion all-wheel drive, Königseats, a different yet conservative body kit, 18 inch OZ Aristo wheels all finished off in some special colors. Yes, it was still a MK4 at heart and the interior smelled like crayons but at least you could hit the accelerator pedal in first gear and not worry about spinning the front wheels uncontrollably. Now that these cars are heading towards their teenage years, the really nice ones are holding their value quite well but the ones that were driven hard and put away wet? Well, again, this is still a MK4 so you can imagine what kind of state they are in. So when I saw this Deep Blue Metallic for sale with almost 400,000 miles on it I had to take a closer look.

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on Autotrader

Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 399,767 mi
Price: $5,900

This 1 owner no accident 2004 Golf R32 is a great entry level opportunity for someone to get into an R32. Whether you purchase to use as a daily driver or build as a race car this will definitely be the most affordable, running driving, clean title MK4 R32 on the market. Although this is the highest mileage Mk4 R32 we have seen but it still has lots of life left in it. The Carfax report shows very detailed Dealership service it’s entire life by the one owner it has had. The engine runs very well with full power and does not smoke and no Check engine light. The Ac blows cold, engine runs at proper temperature and fans cycle as they should. The car does have obvious cosmetic issues which can be seen in the pictures which include very rough leather on the front seats, damaged Rt front fender and other dents, dings and scratches on the rest of the car. There is also light rust on very front of both rockers behind the front wheels. The car runs and drives fine but the transmission does have lots of noise in most gears, more than likely needs a freshening with bearings. This car is being sold as-is and there is no warranty!

On the outside, this R32 actually looks really good for nearly 400,000 miles. I assume it has a lot to do with it being a single owner car but outside of some chipping around the fenders and a missing lower front grille, I am impressed. Once you open the doors, it is a different story. If you would of told me a mother black panther with a fresh litter of kittens was living inside it, I would of believed it. Those front seats are absolutely destroyed to the point of no return and even the rear seats show a heavy amount of wear. The rest of the interior doesn’t look too bad, but it’s easy to overlook all the peeling plastics that don’t show up too great in photos.

The price is $5,900 which in my opinion is extremely optimistic. I could maybe see that price if the drive train was sorted, but the sellers warning of transmission noise gives me pause. Probably this R32 will be snatched up for use track use or maybe even parted out for a swap into another Volkswagen chassis. Either way, it’s always interesting to see how cars hold up when miles are piled on.

– Andrew

2004 Volkswagen Golf R32

I’ve been pretty critical lately of the limited run Golf and GTi models. It’s not for their performance, build quality or weight; the typical complaint about these models, but for the pricing which just has seemed out of line with what you get. For example, in my R32-off post the good condition red R32 – despite being 10 years old – was offered at a staggering $18,000. That’s well into E46 M3 money, among many other cars that I’d rather have no matter how special that Golf is. But the argument for the Golf is that it’s a neat, rare and limited run model that coupled arguably the best normally aspirated motor Volkswagen had offered since the original GTi to a capable all wheel drive system through a 6-speed manual transmission. There’s no doubt, it’s the car that Volkswagen enthusiasts had clamored for since the original Rallye, G60 and Limited models. Today’s example has double the miles of the red car but is offered in the signature Deep Blue Metallic and at a much more attractive price:

Year: 2004
Model: Golf R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 139,670 mi
Price: $ 11,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen Golf R32 on eBay

All Wheel Drive 3.2 liter VR6 – 4motion 6 Speed Manual Transmission Deep Blue Metallic – (1 of 1000) Black Interior with factory Konig leather bucket seats and brushed aluminum trim I love this car, but work has forced me to buy a new car! Only 5000 of these machines were released to the US in 4 colors. I bought this R32 in June 2006 w/12K miles and have taken very good care of it. No accidents & clean title.

I’ve owned three MK4 s (VR6/20th/R32) and this is by far my favorite! You will not be disappointed with this rare VW!

-Mostly stock

-Garaged and regularly waxed

-Full synthetic oil and filter changes every 5,000 miles since 2006

-Regular alignments and checkups

-Stage 2 endurance clutch assembly kit ($3,000)

-Timing Chain replaced

-Haldex serviced

-Tranny fluid drained & replaced

-Accident free

-Rubber Monster Mats

-Original VW Manual

-New windshield wipers

-New tires–always ran BF Goodrich G-Force Super Sport

-18 alloy wheels

-New battery

-Tint

-Sirius XM satellite radio

-Short shifter and aluminum bushing upgrades

-A/C ice cold

-All scheduled maintenance

-Always garaged

-Looks & drives great

-Mostly highway miles

-Non-smoker

-Title in hand

-Well maintained

Minor flaws noted below:

-Few scratches on back right panel

-Tiny hole in the passenger seat

-Tiny tear in the driver’s seat

-Crack in the back bumper (someone parallel parked into it when parked)

-Scratches/Dings on the factory alloy wheels Notice— front bumper, there is a crack on the bottom of the bumper with a few scuff marks.

If any additional pictures are needed, I would be happy to provide to buyer. Buyer is responsible for setting up shipping for vehicle from 85260. The VW extended warranty coverage ended at 97,000 miles. Been kept in great condition and had all scheduled maintenance by a mechanic working at the VW proving grounds.

I get you’re selling the car and you don’t want to put more money into it, but serious – missing a VW centercap from a private seller? They can be had for less than $5 if you look. Its a small detail that continues to annoy me when I see cars that are reported to be owned by enthusiasts. Maybe you don’t care, but to me it shows a level of attention to detail that may not be present. Thankfully, the car is otherwise pretty well shown. Cracked and scuffed bumpers seem pretty commonplace on these earlier models. I’m having a hard time understanding how a clutch cost $3,000, but at least the owner represents the service that is done and the needs the car has. Priced at $11,000, this money would get you into a newer 2.0T GTi, but is just about the right price for me to jump into one of these much more special R32s.

-Carter