2004 Volkswagen R32

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The new Golf R is making some loud, non-diesel-related waves for Volkswagen. The best news is that with almost 300hp and state-of-the-art tech it’s a screamer in any and all conditions. The bad news is that it starts at $35k, $10k more than a GTI and nearly double the price of a base Golf. A friend was recently trading in his Jetta TDI and comparison shopping the GTI Performance Pack against the Golf R (a plan hatched before but spurred on by Dieselgate). He ended up laughing his way into the tartan seats of the GTI as the dealer’s available Golf Rs were nearing $50k!

For less than the basest of brand-new Golfs, you could have the R that started it all, the still sexy, still loud, still fast MkIV R32. You will certainly not be getting the kind of brand-new quality and warranty that comes with the newest model, but that could be forgiven as you joyously row the 6-speed manual and the Haldex 4Motion inspires confidence in any condition. And did I mention the loud factor? The VR6 has never sounded as aggressive as it does in this car with the bypass valves open. Today’s example comes from a Service Director at a VW Dealership in the lovely and fitting Deep Blue Pearl with O.Z. Ultraleggeras. The modifications are limited to reversible suspension upgrades and short shifter along with reinforced engine, transmission, and suspension mounts, combining for a package that sounds fun, strong, and well-chosen.

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1999 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 Supercharged

The regular readers of this site know that I owned a MkIV GTI. So did our fellow contributor Brian. We’d both agree that these were not Volkswagen’s most stellar effort to date. As Brian once quipped, these cars were “fat, bloated and slow. Like Elvis in the seventies.” He had his Rave Green VR6 for a year and a half, during which the intake shifter rod failed. I had my Satin Silver 2.0 for exactly two years, during which many trim pieces fell off inside and out, and the dashboard lights and warning lights would flicker on and off like a pinball machine on full tilt.

Now that the years have passed, is it time to give these hatchbacks a second look? While they aren’t exactly faithful to the original GTI formula of nimble handling and lightness, it wasn’t all terrible. The handling was a bit more ponderous than my MkIII GTI 2.0, but it was still a fairly fun car. One thing I wish it had more of was power. Due to my young age, I couldn’t afford the insurance and extra cost of the VR6 model at the time. But the idea of bolting a supercharger to the “2.slow” was an attractive idea. This Cosmic Green 1999 GTI 2.0 has the Neuspeed supercharger kit under the hood as well as a cat back exhaust and Bilstein shocks.

Year: 1999
Model: GTI 2.0
Engine: 2.0 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,054 mi
Price: Reserve auction

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This rare, German made MK4 was purchased from the original owner in Santa Barbara back in 2009 with 72k miles. Since then, it has only been driven summers and stored inside over the winters. The car is tastefully modded with an array of Neuspeed goodies and performs great with no hindrance to reliability. This car is female owned and has never been raced or tracked.

The car recently was driven for a summer vacation and didn’t miss a beat along the 26 hour journey. It has seen only synthetic oil changes (Mobil 1 or Castrol) since new. This vehicle currently has 122k miles on it, but should continue to climb as this car is driven. Everything works, from the A/C and moonroof to the rear wiper.

Specs:
1999 MK4 Golf GTi
Cosmic Green / Black Sport Cloth
Supercharged 2.0L / 5 Speed Manual

Motor:
Neuspeed Supercharger Kit
Miltek Sport Full Cat Back Exhaust
Color Matched Engine & Battery Cover

Interior:
OEM Lupo GTi Shift Knob & Boot
OEM Leather GTi E-Brake Boot
Aluminum Pedals
Alpine Head Unit

Exterior:
Kamei Eyelids
Borath Front Grill
Filled Hood Notch
Filled Bumper Notch
Grillcraft Grill Inserts
Shaved Side Markers
Modified 337 Front Lip
Smoothed 337 Rear Apron
Caractere Rear Roof Spoiler
Hella Magic Color Tails
Color Matched Rear Badge
Europlate

Suspension:
Bilstein Shocks
Neupseed Sport Lowering Springs
Neuspeed Front Strut Tower Bar
Neuspeed Rear Sway Bar

Wheel & Tire:
16″ Steel Wheels
205/55R16 Summer Performance Tires

**Note: The car will not come with Porsche Wheel & Tire Setup**

More photos can be found here:

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The car had the timing belt & water pump work completed when we took ownership, as well as a fresh supercharger rebuild two years ago. It also received a new power steering pump and brakes last season. Although not perfect, this is an exceptionally clean, 100% rust-free example of a well-rounded MK4.

Sale includes some extras such as two sets of floor mats, windshield sun shade, and a nice stack of past receipts/history.

The MkIII and MkIV GTIs fall in that range of not yet classic but too old to be desirable for those considering a slightly used vehicle. In the case of the MkIV, with exception of the R32, they weren’t exactly as loved as the Mk1 or MkII, or even the MkIII, some would argue. The one thing that bothers me about this ride is that the seller is unwilling to sell the car with the wheels, which is a shame in this case. I think the Porsche turbo style wheels certainly dress up this ride. If I were selling a car, I’d have it equipped as sold. I wouldn’t tease people with aftermarket bits you aren’t going to include. As it sits, I’d expect this car might bring $4,500 to $6,000, given that the modifications are fairly tasteful when it comes to tuned Volkswagens of the period.

-Paul

2003 Volkswagen Jetta TDI Wagon

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Since I bought my dream car 1.5 years ago, my car hunting radar got fuzzy for a bit amidst wonderings of what, if anything, was next? I had a sports sedan and an unstoppable truck, what else could you need? Well, with both cars struggling to get 20mpg on the highway, the entry of a Jetta TDI to my brother’s fleet got my mind churning. He and his girlfriend made a trip from Seattle to San Francisco, with a spacecase on top, and averaged 56 mpg. I was sold, and now these days when I think of what car I really want next, the recurring image is a Mk4 Jetta TDI Wagon. Eminently useful and frugal, it would be the perfect counterpoint to the E28 M5. Today’s example is what I will eventually be looking for: low-mileage, manual, and very clean.

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Year: 2003
Model: Jetta TDI Wagon
Engine: 1.9L turbodiesel inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 83,500
Price: $13,990

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2003 RARE JETTA TDI WAGON ** 5 SPEED MANUAL ** ONLY 83K ORIGINAL LOW LOW MILES ** 1.9 TURBO DIESEL ENGINE ** SIDE IMPACT AIRBAGS ** 50 MPG ** AIR CONDITIONING WITH POLLEN AND DUST FILTER ** POWER HEATED MIRRORS ** HEATED SEATS ** FULLY LOADED GL MODEL ** SPLIT FOLDING REAR SEAT ** CRUISE CONTROL **RARE ESP OPTION (ELECTRONIC STABILITY PROGRAM) ** POWER WINDOWS ** POWER LOCKS ** KEYLESS ENTRY ** AWESOME COLOR COMBO ** ROOF RACK ** MONSOON SOUND SYSTEM ** IN DASH CD PLAYER ** NEW YOKOHAMA TIRES ALL AROUND ** NEVER IN AN ACCIDENT, CLEAN CARFAX AND AUTOCHECK REPORTS (PLEASE VIEW ATTACHED CARFAX REPORT) ** ALWAYS SERVICED BY VW DEALER ** MORE RELIABLE AND MUCH MORE EFFICIENT THAN NEW TDI’S ** SPARE TIRE W/ TOOL KIT ** BOOKS, MANUALS AND FLOOR MATS ** NON-SMOKER ** THIS IS THE ONE OF THE NICEST JETTA DIESEL WAGONS WE HAVE SEEN IN A LONG TIME, ESPECIALLY WITH SUCH LOW MILES ** WILL NOT LAST ** THE LAST YEAR WITH THE HIGHLY DESIRABLE ALH MOTOR ** BEING SOLD ON A FIRST COME FIRST SERVED BASIS, THESE CARS HAVE BECOME IMPOSSIBLE TO FIND ESPECIALLY A 5 SPEED MODEL! THANK YOU FOR YOUR INTEREST!

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I’d be a little more ready to pounce if it were around $12k, but low-mileage examples are becoming rarer by the day, so it’s a bit of a seller’s market. It may not have mind-blowing power and speed, but its specific brand of performance is equally admirable.

-NR

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