2004 Mercedes-Benz SLK32 AMG

Every time I see the recent Mercedes-Benz commercial with Santa riding off in the red SL63, it gets me in the mood for a red Mercedes roadster. And here we have a tasty, red, first generation AMG SLK right in time for the holidays. This example has just under 35,000 miles on the clock. The SLK32 packed the 3.2 liter supercharged V6 which was shared with the Chrysler Crossfire SRT-6 coupe and roadster.

Not much of a description is given by the seller, but from the pictures and the mileage, it looks as if it was well cared for. Provided there are no issues and a clean service record, this could be a good, lightly used bargain for under $20,000.

-Paul

2004 Audi Allroad just in time

I’m back near Seattle, Washington for Thanksgiving with my family and landed just as a snow storm blanketed the Pacific Northwest. While the front-wheel drivers are still making it around, it’s looking like they’ll be rendered inadequate very soon. With this in mind, my thoughts turned to all-wheel drive, namely Quattro and what I would love as a serious winter machine, the Audi Allroad. Their faults are known, but with great styling and impressive versatility, I’m willing to overlook them.

As I mentioned before, these cars are not without their flaws. A friend’s had the air suspension go totally haywire, as well as the various electrical afflictions this generation of Audis can have. What made this one stick out to me was the lack of miles and the fact that the air suspension has already been addressed. It’s apparent (and stated) that this car has been well taken care of and is ready to go for the new owner. Maintenance down the road will obviously be Audi-rific, but I think this is about as good a place to start as any when it comes to the Allroad. Apparently listed at $16,950 at the dealership, it’s on eBay at $9k now with a Buy-it-Now of $13,900. 4-wheel drive luxury pulling up to Depreciation Station, wish I had a ticket!

As the flurries intensify, so do my dreams of dominating the snowy roads in an Allroad, empty except for a few Subarus, Audis, and a couple overzealous SUVs stuck in the ditch.

-NR

Low, low mile 2004 VW R32 for sale

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.

-NR

Clean 2004 R32 for sale

Now, I may have made my case for a used RS6 being more worth your $32k than a new R32, but my same reasoning makes me anxious to make some more money so that I can be realistically in the market for the original R32 at new base-level Golf price.  I like the MkIV R32 so much more than the MkV anyways.  Same engine, same AWD, but much better looking.  They’re around for up to $25k still, but the market has come down enough to be able to find nice ones under $20k if you’re patient.  This Reflex Silver example has covered just 39.5k miles and, despite a few wheel nicks and small scratches, is the total package.  Not many miles, overall beautiful condition, and good price make this a tempting prospect.

“It will be mine.  Oh yes, it will be mine.” – Wayne Campbell

-NR

Scary Twin-Turbo R32 for sale

I remember reading about the HPA twin-turbo upgrade on a VW New Beetle when I was in middle school.  It blew my mind in many ways.  Then the MkIV R32 rolled around and they started working their magic on that.  Heaven, BiTurbo R32 is thy name.  HPA does extremely nice installations, creating a driveable monster out of one of my favorite cars.  This one is juiced up even more than I’d heard of before, with some 500hp at the WHEELS.

Upgraded Twin-Turbo 2004 VW R32 for sale


The rest of the upgrades read like a “if I had a million dollars” list, so I’ll let the seller do his thing:


This exact package is truly one of my dream cars.  I’d take this over most Italians (288 GTO exempted), and it’s just right up there with a Turner Motorsports E30 M3 2.5 or RS4 wagon as the best thing possible.  Just epic.

At first I thought the HPA on the hood was a bit much, but the fact that it’s clear-coated over the carbon hood with the rest body-color is a nice touch.  This guy has done truly everything to make this the most insanely awesome R32 possible.  $85k is steep, sure, but it’s a proven turbo system on a great car with all the requisite upgrades to make it so much more than just some tuner car.  I’m jealous of the owner’s resources and ambition for making this car a reality.

-NR