Rare and Cool: 2004 Volkswagen R32

The Volkswagen Golf MkIV was sold from 1999-2006 around the world, and the GTI version was sporty, but it wasn’t until the 2004 R32 edition that a true performance version was born.  The R32 took most of its components from the 3.2 liter Audi TT, including engine, transmission and suspension, but it maintains the Golf level of useability.  The cars weren’t that expensive when new, but have been practically depreciation proof, so you won’t find many of the 5,000 cars produced for less than $10k…unless they have 200k miles on the clock. Find this 2004 Volkswagen R32 offered for $8000 in San Rafael, CA via craigslist.

 From the seller:

2004 VW R32 

VIN: WVWKG61J34D078608 

condition: good 

cylinders: 6 cylinders 

drive: 4wd 

fuel: gas 

paint color: blue 

size: compact 

title status: clean 

transmission: manual 

type: hatchback 

Mk4 (2004) R32, deep blue pearl


Mileage: 196,548

I’ve owned this car since 2013 @ 148,000 miles. I’m the 4th owner. 

Responsibly maintained with frequent oil/filter and haldex oil/filter changes. Serviced variously at Adanced Autowerke, Griffin, Peter & Wolf, and Sonnen VW San Rafael



Carfax report shows no reported accidents, but I believe it was damaged somehow and repaired at 16,000 miles in 2006 



The good:

Shaved front badge, front and rear bumpers

Tasteful mods including Revo tune, eibach/bilstein suspension, adjustable links, neuspeed sway, fifteen52 tarmac in 17″, exhaust flapper switch, etc

New 25th anniversary Bluetooth head unit (an OEM vw upgrade)

Nearly new brakes and tires (excellent Continental all seasons)

Have mostly complete service records dating to 2009

Sale also includes oem Aristos

Can include Yakima Whispbar and Thule Canyon basket with sale: $300



The bad:

paint has chips and scratches consistent with 200k miles

previous owner had hood and front bumper repainted, work is very poor

interior condition consistent with 200k miles, front seats need reupholstering

Car has thrown a camshaft position code, so it’s most likely due for a timing chain. However, code was reset and hasn’t returned yet. 





Seriously, just come buy it: it’s the OG R32 in the OG color. It drives and sounds so good … I already miss it.

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