Double Take: Which R for you? 2004 Volkswagen R32 v. 2008 Volkswagen R32

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The “Hot Hatch”. While Volkswagen may have started the trend with the original GTi, by the 4th edition of the Golf it seemed they had lost their way. Sure, the 1.8T was peppy buy relatively underpowered compared to some of the competition given the Mk.4’s weight, and while there was a VR6 option it just didn’t seem to have the point and squirt feel that the GTi was famous for. Furthermore, the Volkswagen Audi Group had been holding out on importing a major trump card; that was the still not available in the U.S. Audi S3. Sporting an uprated 1.8T powerplant and all-wheel drive, the S3 at least captured some of the intent of the original GTi. The hints of a resurrection to the GTi nameplate came in the 2002 “337” limited edition GTi, but culminated in the 2003 launch of the R32. Sporting the A3/S3/TT Haldex-quattro drive train and a new powerful VR6 pumping out 240 horsepower, the R32 popped the Golf right back to the forefront of the hot hatch market while eliciting memories of the ultra-cool Mk. 2 Golf Limited. Today we’re going to look at the two generations of the R32, starting with the first generation – a clean and rare Tornado Red 2004:

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Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 65,500 mi
Price: $18,000 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

LIMITED EDITION 2004 VOLKSWAGEN R32. ADULT DRIVEN AND ALWAYS GARAGE KEPT.
INCLUDED IN SALE ARE TWO COMPLETE SETS OF WHEELS.
1 SET VW OEM RIMS WITH PIRELLI 240 SNOWSPORT TIRES SHOULD YOU WANT TO DRIVE IN THE SNOW (WINTER ONLY)
1 SET MIRRO 111’S WITH DUNLOP DIREZZA SPORT TIRES (SUMMER ONLY)
ALSO INCLUDED BUT NOT INSTALLED IS A UNIBRACE REAR STRUT BRACE AND A SET OF FRONT STAINLESS STEEL BRAKE LINES.
VW OEM FOG LIGHTS WITH EURO SWITCH. ALL FLUIDS AND SERVICING DONE RELIGOUSLY. ONLY SYNTHETIC MOTOR OIL USED. BRAKES DONE VERY RECENTLY.
SERIOUS INQUIRIES ONLY.

While I have to say I prefer the 337/25th Anniversary body kit more than the Mk. 4 R32 bumper package, it certainly does draw some serious attention. I’m glad to see the original “Aristo” rims and could do without the Miro wheels that are included, but it’s nice that the car comes with two clean sets. Miles are lower average but condition appears to be one of the better ones I’ve seen. This car was clearly owned by an enthusiast and shows. $18,000 feels like all of the money for one of these super-GTis, so when I was looking I wasn’t surprised to see that the Mk.V edition can be had for about the same money:

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The 5th edition of the Golf brought a new level of refinement and better build quality over the Mk.4, but performance was relatively unchanged due relatively unchanged power and weight. One thing that did change was that the U.S. bound R32s only came with the DSG automatic gearbox. Today’s 2008 model is represented in Deep Blue Pearl, the signature color for the R32:

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Year: 2008
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed automatic DSG
Mileage: 72,693 mi
Price: $18,976 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2008 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

Safety Notes
3-point height-adjustable front safety belts w/pre-tensioners & load limiters, 3-point rear safety belts,4-wheel anti-lock vented disc brakes w/blue calipers, brake pad wear indicator,Daytime running lights,Driver & front passenger front airbag supplemental restraint system w/buckle switch,Driver & front passenger side airbag supplemental restraint system,Dual tone horn,Electronic stabilization program,Front/rear side curtain protection,LATCH child seat attachment points
Mechanical Notes
18″ x 7.5″ alloy wheels w/anti-theft wheel locks,4-wheel anti-lock vented disc brakes w/blue calipers, brake pad wear indicator,Dual center mounted chrome exhaust tips,Electric-assist pwr steering,Electronic stabilization program,Independent MacPherson strut front suspension,Independent multi-link rear suspension
Comfort Notes
(2) front & (2) rear assist handles,(2) front cupholders,3-spoke leather-wrapped multi-function sport steering wheel w/audio controls, transmission paddle shifters,60/40 split folding rear seats w/height-adjustable head restraints,Alloy pedals w/R logos,Alloy-look interior trim,AM/FM stereo w/MP3/6-disc CD changer-inc: Sirius satellite radio, (10) speakers,Anti-theft vehicle alarm system w/audible & visual activation,Auxiliary pwr outlet in center console,Brushed chrome interior door handles,Climatronic electronic climate control w/pollen filter,Cruise control,Diversity & satellite radio antenna,Driver & front passenger illuminated visor vanity mirrors,Front center armrest w/storage compartment,Front center dome light w/time delay, (2) front & (2) rear reading lights,Fully carpeted luggage compartment w/light, auxiliary pwr outlet, removable cover,Height-adjustable & telescoping theft-deterrent steering column,Immobilizer theft-deterrent system,Leather shift knob & handbrake grip,Leatherette door panels w/integrated armrests, storage pockets,Locking glovebox,Multi-function trip computer w/trip time, trip length, average trip speed, average trip fuel consumption, current fuel consumption, miles to empty, outside temp,Pwr windows w/pinch protection,Rear window defroster,Remote release for hatch & fuel filler flap,Self-dimming interior rearview mirror,Top sport bucket seats w/heated partial leather seating surfaces, pwr lumbar support, R logo headrests
Exterior Notes
Aluminum color grille,Blue tinted glass,Body-color bumpers,Body-color door handles,Body-color heated pwr mirrors,Body-color side moldings,Body-color side skirts,Daytime running lights,Rain-sensing aero windshield wipers w/heated washer nozzles,Rear intermittent wiper/washer,Rear spoiler,Xenon HID headlamps w/washers

Safety, Mechanical, Comfort and Exterior Notes detail items which were installed at the factory during manufacturing of this vehicle. These items may or may not still be installed on this vehicle. Please call for further details.

In a straight drag race and around a track, the DSG was quicker, but is more expensive to run and lost some of the feel of the manual “chuckability” of the Mk.4. The real shame with the Mk 5. is that there was a 5 door version and manual option in Europe but VAG opted to not import them. It’s too bad because they would have been a clear challenger to not only hatches but the WRX/Evo crowd. I love the original Omanyt wheels (though they’re unbelievably heavy), the color is fantastic, and the car comes with a CPO warranty. Gripes? I never liked the slightly separated exhaust on the Mk.5. It just doesn’t look quite right to me. It may be a minor point, but it brothers me every time I see one. The sound they produce, however, is great in both models.

Were it my money, I think I’d choose….neither. I always want to love the R32, and I always think it sounds great, but the “ultimate” Golf has never really done it for me. If I want a fast V6 all-wheel drive car, I’d rather spend this money on a B5 S4 or S4 avant. If I really wanted a “hot hatch” VW, I’d get either a 337 or 25th Anniversary GTi. Sorry folks, if this is a bit of a letdown, but I just wouldn’t buy either one of these cars. In my mind, they’re overpriced, overly complicated, way too heavy, and try too hard. They’re the antithesis of the GTi – a stripped down tossable hot hatch. Want a good, fast awd hatch? Buy a WRX. Yes, the Golf has better build quality, but you can get a just about new WRX hatch for the price of these two well-used mega-Golfs, and I’d be willing to bet in the long run the WRX would be cheaper to run. And if you haven’t been in a last generation Impreza, you’d be pretty impressed with how they drive for sure.

This might just be the worst conclusion ever, but at least it’s an honest one. Which would you choose?

-Carter

Wednesday Wheels: Wheels for the People from Volkswagen

Although Volkswagen may have come from humble roots and it’s lack of wheel choices through the 1980s showed it, recent generations of the people’s car have had many options to match their climbing price tags. Indeed, whereas Volkswagen had yet to equip a car with 16″ wheels in the year 1999, the more recent offerings have really set Volkswagen apart from the competition with good looks, aggressive style and a markedly upscale feel. I’ll start with the Passat CC 17″ wheels known as “Spa”:

Year: 2010
Model: VW CC “Spa”
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 41
Condition: New
Tires: Not Included
Price: $ 699 Buy It Now

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I can’t say that I like black wheels or the CC all that much, but 700$ for some brand new OEM wheels including centercaps is a pretty stellar deal. These would certainly dress up any of the Passat or later Golf/Rabbit/Jetta models. Not a fan of black and looking for something a little bigger? How about my favorites, the R32 “Omanyt”:

Year: 2008
Model: VW Omanyt
Diameter: 18″
Width: 7.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 51
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Continental Extreme Contact 225-40-18
Price: $1,150 Buy It Now

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Pictures show a complete set of 4 wheels and tires. These wheels are the original Omanyts from the 2008 Golf R32. Only 5,000 made. Very limited and unique wheels. I am selling both the rims and the tires together. The tires are brand new, with about 400 miles on them now. The tires are Falken 612’s 225/40/18. These wheels go for about $454 each. You can find their retail price in the ECS TUNING website under OEM Alloy wheels and check their price to confirm, I’m unable to post link as ebay doesn’t allow it, but you can go check for yourself.

18 x 7.5

5×112

The price of $1150 is for all 4 wheels (including tires).

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I love the Omanyts, they just look spectacular. The fluted polished edges are a nice touch you don’t notice until you’re close up. Downside is that they’re heavy – really, really heavy, and they seem to suffer a lot of curb scuffing. This set looks pretty presentable and has tires, a bonus. Rather get into something a little more rare? How about these BBS-made Phaeton “Challenge” wheels:

Year: 2006
Model: VW Challenge
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 45
Condition: Used
Tires: Included (unspecified)
Price: $891.25 Buy It Now

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Model: 2004 VOLKSWAGEN PHAETON
Part Description: *****THIS ITEM SHIPS TRUCK FREIGHT. PLEASE SEE SHIPPING NOTES BELOW*****SHELF,18×8-1/2 (alloy), 7 spoke,SET OF 5 WITH NICE MATCHING TIRES. THE TIRES HAVE NORMAL WEAR AND TEAR. PLEASE BE HAPPY WITH THE CONDITION OF THESE ITEMS BEFORE ORDERING. THANK YOU.
VIN of Donor Vehicle: WVWAF63D148006854
Condition:
Stock Number: 130802

The tires don’t look grand, the wheels have some wear, but at under $1,000 I can’t say I’ve seen a set of these for less money. Like most of the Phaeton wheels they’re pretty highly sought after as a mod for the lower models. The Challenge is one of the better looking wheels on the Phaeton, but would make any Passat look the part too, with an aggressive, chunky look. Need something smaller and a little more classic? How about some new Zender Turbos?

Year: N/A
Model: Zender Turbo
Diameter: 15″
Width: 7″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 22
Condition: New
Tires: Not Included
Price: $1,000

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I have a set of brand new (new old stock) 15×7 5X112 ET22 Zender Turbo Wheels.
Never had any tires mounted and in perfect condition.
Perfect original center caps included.
Price: $1000

Located in the Montreal area and willing to ship worldwide.
Contact: grenierjc@videotron.ca

Rare, rare, rare. These are hard wheels to come by. They’re not to everyone’s taste, true, but as a period piece they’d look fantastic on an Audi or B5 Passat. At $1,000, they even seem to be priced quite reasonably considering the market on some older tuner BMW and Porsche wheels – which range in the mid-thousands. I’m trying to get the owner of that Mars Red 20V Quattro to snap them up; I think they’re perfect for that car! Are you a TT, Mk.4 Golf or Jetta driver? There are some great options for you, too – like these New Beetle Turbo “Delta” wheels:

Year: 2002-2005
Model: VW Delta
Diameter: 17″
Width: 7″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 100
Offset: ET 38
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $500 Buy It Now

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Part Number:

69764

Finish:

SILVER

Description:

17X7″

5X100MM BOLT PATTERN

SET OF 4 WHEELS ARE USED, IN GOOD CONDITION. SOME MINOR IMPERFECTIONS, WHICH ARE SHOWN IN THE PICTURES.

4 USED CENTER CAPS INCLUDED

PLEASE NOTE: CENTER CAP(S), LUG NUT(S), LUG NUT COVER(S), VALVE STEM(S), AND VALVE STEM SENSOR(S) IS NOT INCLUDED UNLESS SPECIFIED!!

WHEELS WILL BE SHIPPED SIGNATURE REQUIRED!!

ALL WHEELS HAVE BEEN SPIN TESTED AND ARE GUARANTEED TO SPIN STRAIGHT AND TRUE!!

I always thought these looked pretty darn cool; the reverse 5 spoke is an interesting concept and they made it work. If you squint you can even see hints of the Fuchs wheels from Porsches in this design. Whatever you put it on, you’d certainly set it apart, and the price is pretty compelling. Maybe you have a set of alloys and just need a freshen up? How about some new centercaps?

Volkswagen centercaps seem to use just enough metal to corrode and just enough plastic to fall out when you hit a big bump. They’re cheap to replace, despite what nearly every used Ebay car dealer would make you think (they never put them on!). As a finishing touch, they really can quickly clean up your wheels on a tight budget.

Which are your favorites and what would you like to see?

-Carter