2004 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: Big Smiles; Big Scratch for a

2004 Volkswagen R32 - Consumer Review

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

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Big Smiles; Big Scratch for a Hot Hatch
By Masswhole on


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


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.

Worst Features

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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