Until the new Golf R comes out, provided VW blesses us deprived ‘mericans with its presence, the 1st-gen R32 will be top on my list of modern VWs to have thanks to its healthy VR6, 6-speed, and awesome 4Motion all-wheel drive. I don’t think I’m alone in this, as the much newer (and thus less used and abused) 2008 models are going for just a few thousand more on the market. Today, I found a magically low-mile and clean 2004 in Black Magic, though I can never decide if, were I actually to make the purchasing jump, I would go for black or the Deep Blue. Regardless, this 20k-mile example comes in black, so I’ll go with it.
I’ll preempt the haters and say that this generation of VWs has it’s faults. It may require some maintenance. There, I said it, so I can go back to drooling over thoughts of bombing up the mountains with nary a care in my AWD hot hatch. This thing has gone just over 3k miles a year, in my eyes making it worth the $22,500 asking price provided everything checks out. Their rarity will only become more important as time goes on, and I think we all, as German car lovers, owe VW a hearty thanks for having the cojones to put out a car like this while a lot of other volume-based companies went bland and beige. I may have to wait a few more years until I get mine, but a low-mile one like this is what I’ll be looking for.