2008 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: Real recalls

2008 Volkswagen R32 - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (3.2L V6 AWD 6-speed Automated Manual)

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By Echo346 on


2008 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback AWD (3.2L 6cyl 6AM)


After a year and a half this vehicle has had THREE major recalls. One required dropping the entire fuel tank (read nightmares involved with this on VW forums). I will not go into my adventure with this except to say VW service is questionable. Now the DSG transmission (mine is starting get "clunky") just got the latest recall. Be careful when buying a used one. Ergonomics are strange. AUX input in glove box, Bluetooth controls on steering wheel, however, Bluetooth is not an option (dealer will not tell you this unfortunately), cruise control is a switch on turn indicator (should have put it where the worthless phone button is on the steering wheel), paddle shifters are small.

Best Features

Styling, F1 shaped steering wheel are fantastic and the double clutch was awesome until time starts to catch up with it (just to many little gears in a sub 35000 car). AWD, brakes and handling great for such a heavy car. Lots of space with back seats down and one of the best exhaust notes ever.

Worst Features

You will average about 18 MPG if you drive this car like you want to. Service is incredibly expensive and VW dealerships are unreliable. Recalls (and follow through) ruin any fun you can have with this car. An incredible headache for a "limited edition" vehicle.
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