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#240 of 245 2008 R32 23,000 Mile Update
Jun 21, 2009 (4:45 am)
I'm about to pass the 23,000 mile mark on my 2008 R32 on Monday so I figured I would share some of my experiences to see if anyone else out there is having some of the same issues.
1. Fuel Light Fault - I've had this fault almost as long as I've owned the car. Also immediately after fueling when I try to start the engine it will choke and sometimes die without starting. This only happens immediately after fueling. I've taken it to the dealer a half dozen times but they can't seem to figure out what the problem is. I've learned to ignore it.
2. DSG Transmission Problems - For the last month I've noticed that when I'm on the autobahn (I live in Germany) driving between 100 and 120 mph and then have to slow down to stop and go for traffic, when the transmission goes from 2nd to 1st gear the whole car shudders like I hit the brake. Then when I lightly apply the gas pedal the RPM needle bounces like if I was driving a manual and not giving it enough gas while letting off the clutch. I'm taking it back to the dealer this week to have it looked at again.
3. VW Roof Rack Dented Car - The VW roof rack I purchased from the VW dealer that is specifically built for the 2008 Golf has dented my car where it attaches in the rear over the passenger side rear window. I tightened the rack with the tool that came with the rack to the specified torque shown on the tool and it dented my car.
4. Engine Check Light & Stereo Problems - This has only happened one time so I'm not too upset about it. When the engine check light went on for the fuel cap fault my stereo immediately lost all function. The stereo was still powered on but none of the buttons worked and the sound had cut off. This all happened while I was driving on the autobahn. I was able to restore functionality by pulling over and turning the car off then back on.
Overall I'm pretty unhappy with the R32. Although it drives wonderfully in the snow which I tested all winter long in the Alps in Austria. Also, it is fun to drive in the city and high speed corners going on or off the autobahn are a blast. All in all though it just doesn't perform as well as I had expected it to. I took it head-to-head against my friends Mini Cooper S on the autobahn and it was nose to nose all the way to where I hit my limiter at 130mph and then he pulled away because he's had his limiter removed. I expected more from the V6!
I wish I would have gone for one of the German Audi turbo diesels that are here. They're faster than the R32 and get over 30mpg.
#241 of 245 Re: 2008 R32 23,000 Mile Update [hansel24]
Jun 22, 2009 (11:11 am)
Just a quick note on your fuel issue. I don't know if this applies to you, but here in the States, VW released a recall on the fuel system. I had it done last week, and haven't had the fuel cap light since. It didn't come on a lot with my car, so I'm not 100% sure that it's fixed.
I don't know if your car's fuel/emissions system is the same as US spec cars, but you might ask your dealer.
#242 of 245 Re: 2008 R32 23,000 Mile Update [hansel24]
Sep 25, 2009 (10:23 am)
he beat you due to a removed speed limiter but you are blaming it on the engine?
its the limiter man.
and i thought all r32's were limited to 150mph?
#243 of 245 Re: 2008 R32 23,000 Mile Update [hansel24]
May 27, 2010 (6:26 am)
My 2008 R32's DSG transmission is doing the exact same thing you describe above in point #2 when going from 2nd to 1st gear. Do you know what this problem is? Has your dealer corrected it?
I just ordered the VW basic roof rack for my car. Any advice to avoid the dents in the roof?
#244 of 245 Re: 2008 R32 23,000 Mile Update [kona8]
May 31, 2010 (9:11 am)
Well, I haven't visited this thread in a while, so I thought I'd stop by and say hi, and give an update on my R32.
I've got just over 10K now, and besides the occasional "check fuel cap" light, I've had zero problems. The car is still a blast to drive.
Now when the fuel cap light comes on, I just ignore it, because it usually goes out and stays out at the next start. I've pretty much given up on the dealer being able to fix it.
#245 of 245 R32 Comparison
Jul 07, 2011 (5:50 am)
I found this cool comparison of the 2008 R32 and the 2004 R32 at this Portland Volkswagen Dealers blog. Its pretty cool, they had a blue 2008 R32 and a blue 2004 R32 took them out for test drives and compared how they drive and such.