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3 year's ownership - my second favorite
By ESSDEEKAY on
2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Other than a 2003 Porsche, this R32 has been my favorite of the dozen cars (mostly European) I have owned the last 30 years. It is uber-practical and has as much performance as I need. I run it stock, other than the snow tires I switch to in winter months. Really pleased at the high resale value retained by this limited production car. Only "problem" I have experienced is an ocassional false "loose fuel cap" warning when the gas tank runs low. Low maintenance costs (relative to BMW/Porsche/Audi) has been a very pleasant bonus - less than half the amount of my other cars.
After 3 years my black R32 still gets nods of acknowledgement from those knowing that it is not just another golf/GTI. The interior makes for a comfortable road trip car. I much prefer it to my Boxster for long trips (even though the R32 gets a little lower mpg). And the VW has a nicer exhaust note
Power steering is over-boosted for my taste. I would like a little more resistance particularly for freeway driving. Fully flat-folding rear seats would help in transporting large boxes. Xenon lights would be nice. Other than those items, not much to quibble with