VW Made a Good One!
By Back2dubs on
2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)
Over 4 years and 65,000 miles (street and track) the R32 is holding up very well. Only issues encountered were a dead battery at 37,000 and a faulty brake light switch. Interior and exterior quality has been excellent. Very stable & predictable handling. Surprisingly competent on the track considering it is front heavy as well as hefty (AWD helps here). Excellent car for the snow when outfitted with appropriate tires. Not your average Joe's car, for sure, but for those who want something different its a great choice. As much fun to drive today as when I first bought it!
Simply incredible brakes, powerful low end torque, fantastic exhaust note, perfect steering wheel, smooth clutch, extremely supportive seats, excellent sunroof, heated seats, cargo space galore. The list goes on...
This 1st R32 had a few issues. The Konig seats, if not far enough back, can hit the sun shade when tilted forward. The huge seat bolsters can easily become worn over time. The climate controls are too low in the console and difficult to read (LCD display). Squeaks and groans can occur at random.