2004 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Review: To Keep or Not to Keep!

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To Keep or Not to Keep!
By Sean on


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


I love this car! Something I haven't said much over the 20 years since I first got my license. I have had 60 plus vehicles in that 20 years and this one stands next to my Stage 3 Roush Mustang and 69 Camaro (My first Car) in the all time, this cars a keeper ranking. The R32 does everything you ask of it and so much more. It has an interior that rivals cars costing $100,000 plus, the steering wheel seems to have been taken directly from an OMP or Sparco catalog and the exhaust note is usually reserved for Ferrari 360's and the like! Having said all that, the only thing this car lacks is a proper AWD system. The Haldex just doesn't cut it. It's not bad but true quatro would have been better!

Best Features

Steering wheel, seats and the exhaust. Did I mention the exhaust!

Worst Features

Needs a proper full time AWD system. The Haldex under Autocross, track day and tight and twisty mountain road conditions isn't up the task. With quatro this car would be more than world class. If anyone from VW is listening, Build it and they will come!
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