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2004 Volkswagen R32

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Flawless blend of luxury and performance
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By gvintheatl
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2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

A $30k Golf that's worth every penny!
A month after purchase in ATL I took a
road trip to Salt Lake City. The
interior creature comforts and overall
driveability were superb on the long
sedate stretches of I-40. Cruise
control kept the MPG in the upper 20s,
not bad for averaging 75-85 mph. On
the twisting canyon roads outside of
Sandy UT the Goodyear Eagle F1s
combined with the awesome AWD
performance made the car feel as if it
were on rails. And of course I had to
take it out to the salt flats to see if
the max speed reported by Car & Driver
(128 mph) was correct. I was able to
attain 135 mph before it maxed out at
5400 rpm. Wow, 8k miles in two months
and every one has been a blast!


Best Features

Koenig leather sport seats, smooth and pure V-6 power and torque, sound of the perfectly tuned dual exhaust (I drive with the stereo off most of the time now), and handling on mountain roads. And with only 5000 R32s in the US I feel like a member of a special and elite group of performance drivers!


Worst Features

No pop-out cup holders like I had on my '02 GTi but they can be installed (see VW Vortex website). Wish Euro- spec HID headlights were an option. The top speed governor sucks but hey, this is the USA. Changing factory tires/wheels to a winter-capable set up would be expensive, glad I live in ATL!


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R32 means WOW
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By Dman777
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2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

I just purchased a R32 and I
previously owned a Mitsubishi
Evolution VIII.The R32 might be
slightly slower than the Evo but I
have felt that the R32 drives nicer
and feels more solid.Overall, I must
say that the Evo VIII is way over
rated and that the R32 so far is
living up to my expectations.


Best Features

6 speed manual transmission,great sport seats,great exhaust sound,18' wheels,good sport tires by goodyear F1's,has good stability


Worst Features

Improve the quality of the stereo system.It seems a little weak and needs better styling and functions.Clutch seems a little weak feels to soft and does not have enough pressure behind it so you no when your engaged.


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from evo to R32
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By rosie83
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2004 Volkswagen R32 2dr Hatchback (3.2L 6cyl 6M)


Review

we had the evo 2003 and traded it in on
the R32. it took a little while to get
used to the difference between the
cars. the evo had the turbo that would
jump you from the start, but the R32
has the power behind it to pull you
through. the turns are not quite as
sharp but it can handle the city's
roads alot better. i like the fact that
most people pull up beside me and dont
know what they are getting into, while
that really didnt happen much in the
evo because it was a little more
flashy. all in all im really happy with
the R32. we also have the leather
option which the evo did not offer. its
smooth, safe, and powerfull in a small
package.


Best Features

the entire car from the wheels to the heated seats. it has a great package with power and still, it rides very smooth. a great bonus is it can fit so much in it. i put four passengers, myself, and four suitcases in it comfortably and could still squeeze into a city spot.


Worst Features

i love turbo. if this car had turbo too i would be in heaven. i miss the boost of the evo but i love the power of the R32. i know the option is available but i want to keep the warranty valid. if it came standard, i would trade it in today, no question.


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


Review

I've had BMW's for several years and
was turned off by the new 5 so I
started looking further afield. I
liked the 330xi, but I've already had
that style 3-series. Then I discoverd
the R32. It is absolutely fantastic -
outperforms the 330xi, handles like
its glued to the road and looks
appealingly "stealthy". Interior
quality equal to (or better than) a
BMW, too. I drive it daily over our
X5 or Z3. Actually, I look for
excuses to drive it - it has
reinvigorated me and made me remember
why I love cars!


Best Features

Handling and power are amazing. Seats offer terrific grip, exhaust sounds sexy and stereo sounds reasonably good. Its a terrific package.


Worst Features

Why de-content the xenons? I've had to order them through a UK dealer and retrofit. I wanted the headlamp wash, too (but plumbing difficult). Aside from content, biggest complaint is "VW" shift feel. The cable linkage feels as sloppy as my '92 Corrado.


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


Review

Awesome car. Tons of fun.


Best Features

I love how it accelerates.


Worst Features

To make it only two seats in the back, other than that none.


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