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Volkswagen R32, Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#145 of 245 Re: no more soon [kurtamaxxguy]
Mar 10, 2005 (11:44 am)
"Car and Driver commented that for 2005, the R32 is dead. Apparently for whatever reason (change in Golf chassis? ) this model ends after 2004. They also suggested there will be nothing new at VW until first quarter of next year."
Actually, I was looking at Motor Trend online and noticed that there's a Gen-V Golf R32 coming out. Go here:
It'll probably be priced in the mid-$30k range. Twin-turbo power from the VR6 motor too! I'm interested! Any thoughts?
#146 of 245 Re: What about reliability? [elbee]
Apr 05, 2005 (1:11 pm)
I have 25,000 miles on my R32, that I bought new in March 2004, and have had zero defects. I have spent $200.00 for my 20,000 mile matinance work at the dealership. It is still very comfortable and fun to drive and I',m always looking for excuses to do so.
#147 of 245 Re: is there a turbo on it already?
Apr 05, 2005 (6:14 pm)
is there a turbo on the r32 when you buy it ?
#148 of 245 Re: is there a turbo on it already? [jboggs]
Apr 07, 2005 (6:04 am)
No. But there are aftermarket ones available.
#149 of 245 Turbo Hype
Apr 09, 2005 (5:51 pm)
I was never all that enamored with owning a turbo enhanced engine. Then after owning a 97 A4 1.8T Quattro, I will never own a turbo again. That is what drove me to the R32. I wanted AWD, don't really appreciate the Subaru alternatives, don't like turbos, and had a great experience with my Scirocco, years ago. That left me with the R32, which I had been following since it was still only being considered for the US market. $30K was a lot for a VW, but when it came time to replace my (totalled) A4, I looked at the used mkt for R32s. I talked myself into it!
I am absolutely thrilled with the predicable, non-turbo power and unbelievable handling. I can't wait to take it to a track to push it to its limit!! Downside: really bad mileage. I guess VWs shouldn't be viewed as econo-cars anymore and have no pretense to even attempt to be one. I didn't expect stellar mileage, but it's worse than the A4 and my Porsche 968. I usually keep my cars for a long time. As much as I love this car, I don't know if it makes sense to keep a with such bad mileage that I'd intended to use as my commuter car.
#150 of 245 Re: end ship/any (more) prices paid? [andyer]
May 07, 2005 (8:57 am)
I went in on the last day of the month in November and paid 25,700....I would have to say that is the best deal I have heard.
#151 of 245 Re: Turbo Hype [wrlee]
May 09, 2005 (4:45 am)
Even I don't use my 2003 Wolfsburg Jetta as a commuter car - I leave that task to my 1997 Jetta Trek...
If I had an R32, that baby would be garaged (except on weekends). During regular commutes, I opt for the car with the lesser mechanical complexity...
#152 of 245 Is this too much asking??
May 09, 2005 (9:18 am)
I currently have a 2003 GTI 1.8T with 23k miles and never had a problem with, but I I've been curious about the R32 for the past year for all the extra features that a GTI doesn't have so I decided to check it out last week.
I was impressed with its handling, smooth shifting, braking, as well as the interior and wonderful exhaust sound. The thing I didn't like were the numbers... This dealership was trying to sell me a pre-owned R32 for over $35k! I thought the price was ridiculous!! They gave me the run-around that the car limited edition, only 5000 in the US. But the fact is that they're selling a used car (~6000 miles) as if it was new.
I really like the vehicle. I'm not the burning tire type of guy, but I'm very much into the euro design and want to have the power whenever I need that push. I but not for that much...
Am I wrong to say that this a rip-off?
May 09, 2005 (9:27 am)
that is a rip-off alright. I thought that thing maxed out $32K when it was new? They are trying to sell it for more than it cost new? Bull, that's what I say to them. Let them have the pleasurable experience of a $30K car sitting on their lot, unmoving, for six months.
#154 of 245 Re: Is this too much asking?? [melimel74]
May 09, 2005 (12:05 pm)
$35K for an R32 with 6000 miles? What a bunch of scum-sucking individuals at that dealership