2004 Volkswagen R32

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The new Golf R is a force to be reckoned with, making the first appreciable increase in power since these MkIV R32s brought 4WD performance and the R moniker to the VW Golf lineup. While the new 2.0 liter turbo four may produce a lot more power, the open-flapped exhaust on these 3.2 liter VR6s will still turn more heads. Having covered just over 40k miles means this is one of the best examples on the market, so the seller is going big and asking for $20k. Yes, that’s well on its way to a new GTI or slightly used Golf R, but I’ll always have a soft spot for the original R32.

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10K Friday Practical Performance Edition: R32 v. S4 v. 330xi v. E500 Estate v. Cayenne Turbo

Edit: Thanks to several readers for pointing out several details that prove this Cayenne is a Turbo, but not a Turbo S. Only 450 horsepower, then!

It’s been a few weeks since my last 10K Friday entry, and I wanted to get something together for the impending snow New England is once again expecting. To remind us of the terms of the comparison, I’m looking for themed cars around $10,000 (give or take, we’ll see later). I try to generally find the newest cars possible, figuring that for many these will be a daily driver. In this case, I was looking for performance all-wheel drive cars that offered year round practicality with a touch of sport. So lining up the best I could find from Volkswagen, Audi, Mercedes-Benz, BMW and Porsche gives us an interesting amount of diversity for your hard-earned dollars. Today we have two sedans, a hatchback, a wagon and a S.U.V. to contemplated; which is the winner?

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2004 Volkswagen R32

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It’s been a while since I’ve fantasized about the R32. For a long time, it was my dream car, packing AWD with a sweet (and sweeter sounding) VR6 in the attractive (to me) Mk4 Golf package. They sound great and are very capable, but have had enough mechanical issues to have some detractors. I’ll continue dreaming though, thinking of the VR6’s terrifying growl, the 4Motion’s capability, and the hatchback sensibility. For a long time they were hovering around $20k, and you might still pay that much if you find a cherry low-mileage example, but today’s has covered 117k miles and is thus an extremely reasonable $13k.

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Motorsport Monday: 034 Motorsports GTI RS

Being a fan of older Audis – and owning one – I’ve followed with much excitement the development of a small California-based tuning firm called 034 Motorsports. 034 – a reference to the 5-cylinder Audi motor part numbers – has taken a niche community and turned it into a flowering business. Initially starting with turbo modifications to the older 5 cylinder cars, the folks that make up the brain trust at 034 created some legendary Audis – most notable, the 1,000 horsepower turbocharged 80 quattro. But the reality is that these now 25 year old cars make up a very small percentage of the tuning market, so 034 turned to the much more popular A4 and Volkswagen GTi crowds, creating two stunning cars in the process. Less spectacular but stunningly effective was the A4 Time Attack car which went through several different engine configurations; but much more notable and impressive is what 034 attempted next; mid-mounting a V6 turbo into a 2001 GTi. The results are nothing short of stunning:

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4WD Week: 2004 Volkswagen R32

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The Rallye Golf posted by Paul is one of my favorite Euro-only unicorns. It’s one of those perfect combinations that rarely seem to come together: great small-displacement engine, four wheel drive, and box flares. Realizing this car existed after living in a world where the GTI was VW’s top performance car was mind-blowing. I think it’s this enthusiasm for the rare Euro combo that started my love for the R32. For a long time I thought it was the German I wanted when I had the means, and it may still rise to the top some day. It’s a good time to start thinking about them, though, as they sat above the $20k plateau for several years before a precipitous drop recently. With just 40k miles, this seller is looking for that market, but I think the time of the $25k R32 has passed until they come back as classic status.

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Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2l VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 40,510 mi
Price: $25,000 Buy It Now

Click for more details: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

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See video by searching youtube for “VW R32MkIV for sale” Original owner car. 40,600 miles, 2004 model year – only year for MkIV bodied R32. 245 stock hp, 4 motion all wheel drive. Meticulously maintained and stored in 60 degree heated garage – no snow and rarely even wet. All upgrades are reversible to stock (stock items included) and include:
Bilstein PSS10 coilovers with less than 10 miles on them
OEM HID headlights
“Blue” Haldex awd controller
19″ BBS CH wheels
This car is very well sorted and has been always maintained either at Gezon VW, where I purchased the car, or at German Auto Service in Grand Rapids, MI. All records included, as are the VW supplied spiffs.

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BBS rims look good as ever and positively huge. The all-silver look is clean and refreshing in a world where black is the new everything. No modifications, low mileage, babied – this is indeed a sweet R32. As I spend my December in the chilly PNW, I’m reminded of my long and strong desire for 6-speeds, 4WD and a hot hatchback. Having a nearly-new one is a sweet proposition. This is one of the nicer, unmolested ones out there, but $25k is aiming a bit back to the future.

-NR

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

2004 Volkswagen R32 Turbo

Anytime I think about featuring a Volkswagen Golf or Jetta Mk4 on GCFSB, I still get chills from the 2000 GTI and its rash of problems. But after my 2.0 left the line, a few interesting models came to fruition, the most notable being the R32. This particular R32 for sale from our friends at Nothing Leaves Stock was commissioned by an enthusiast who wanted a usable sleeper. The work was done in-house and in Black Magic Pearl with the outstanding BBS CH wheels, I’d say the look was pulled off successfully.

Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter turbocharged VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 50,000 mi
Price: $24,000

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on VW Vortex

We built this R32 a bit back for a guy that wanted it to be a sleeper, look stock and be drivable on the street but be able to have fun with when he wished! Car was completely stock when we started and we did ALL the work on it here in house.

Custom turbo setup with a presicion 6265 turbo, persicion 39mm wastegate. 3” SS exhaust to a factory modified stock muffler
C2 custom 550 software
C2 SRI
C2 head spacer and head studs, new chains/guides etc
plated oil pan,
oil cooler setup with custom bottom vent setup
meth setup
AWIC setup with tank in the trunk and bosch pump. tank is slip to hold meth as well one one side. has a 12x24x1.5 cooler rad upfront from the AWIC setup
south bend stg3 clutch and lightend flywheel
koni adjustable chrome body coilovers, sway bars and bushings
camber plates and adjustable rear control arms
interior is a 9.5/10 all oem but the colum dual gauge pod with boost and wideband gauges and a hi/lo boost switch for the dual stage boost controller
stoptech BBK 2 pc rotor front brakes and SS line alaround with slotted rotors on all corners
18×8 BBS CH’s (real) with wheel studs and nuts. michlen pilot SS with 70% tread
front dual 2″ brake ducts on each side and ram air duct for intake
body is a 8/10 have 2 small marks on it. one on front d/s bumper edge that’s just a paint scratch and the rear d/s and a ding in it. the rest is clean and garage kept
battery relocated to rear with fuse link and volt gauge
BFI mounts, 42dd catch can setup
and more, i’m sure i’m forgetting things!

Car has 50K on it, adult owned and VERY well cared for. Has over $50K into it. Asking $24,000 or best offer, no trades. Car is located at our shop in Coopersburg, PA 18036

Car is solid and ready to go, needs nothing to daily driver or race or BOTH! Passes PA inspection and emissions with no issues. Everything has been done in the last 15-18K miles.

The price of this R32 might be a shocker to those shopping stock examples, but this isn’t your ordinary R32. It’s a car that certainly isn’t for everyone. A lot of time and money has been invested and for the right VW fan, it will tick all of the right boxes. Having owned a 2000 2.0, I’d really be curious to see how something like this performs. I’m also a big fan of the look, as it isn’t your typical Reflex Silver or Deep Blue Pearl R32.

-Paul

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

2004 Volkswagen R32

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The recently-unveiled Golf R looks to be one of the best Golfs ever made, leaping up to 300hp and continuing the R tradition of all-wheel drive super-VWs with vastly better lines than the Mk5 or 6 Rs. Seeing pictures of the car from Frankfurt reminded me of my strong desire for original R, the Mk4 R32. It looked and sounded great and nailed my weak spot: a six-speed manual driving all four wheels. Prices continue to drop on these beastly golfs, making it that much more tempting to snatch one up.

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Year: 2004
Model: R32
Engine: 3.2 liter VR6
Transmission: 6-speed manual
Mileage: 139,000 mi
Price: $10,500

Click for more details: 2004 Volkswagen R32 on eBay

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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.

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Almost 140k miles is the main concern here, but it’s clear the owner was diligent with maintenance, leaving this one in better shape than many lower-mileage examples I’ve seen. Not too long ago clean low-mileage examples were regularly going for near $20k. Even considering the mileage, this seems like a great value for one of my favorite Volkswagens.

-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