2004 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: Big Smiles; Big Scratch for a
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Big Smiles; Big Scratch for a Hot Hatch
By Masswhole on

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2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)

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This is an Audi TT 3.2 with interior space and a 6-speed tranny at 75% of the cost. I "downgraded" from an Audi A4. Before that, I loved my Jetta GLX, esp. the responsive, peppy motor & tight suspension. The R32 has luxury, more pep, less curb weight, stickier suspension & Haldex AWD--a good compromise between the two cars. I'm installing a 22mm rear antisway bar--the back end feels sloppy with high-speed swerving. (Factory tire pressure is too low also.) I'm 30 y.o. and the GTI is aimed at the 18-24 y.o. demographic. I now get less road respect (less garage respect too; more door dings) post-A4; people (including cops) see a VW w/o understanding its performance.

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Option of 17" rims--these low-profile summer tires bubble easily, lower gear ration for 6th gear--seems almost negligible drop in RPMs with 5th to 6th. A real spare tire--has only an air pump and fix-a-flat, "real" full-time Torsen AWD, less dusty brake pads (ie. Mintex Red Box)
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