2004 Volkswagen R32 Consumer Reviews

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2004 Volkswagen R 32
4.8
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R32 -- loads of fun

by from central Texas on September 13, 2009

I wanted something with good acceleration and excellent handling that wouldn't punish me when commuting. I find it easy to commute in this car because it is compact and has good low-end torque, so I a...
I wanted something with good acceleration and excellent handling that wouldn't punish me when commuting. I find it easy to commute in this car because it is compact and has good low-end torque, so I am not constantly shifting to keep the engine in the power band. In typical traffic I skip a few gears when upshifting the six-speed gearbox. I'm getting about 24.5 mpg in my 25 mile commute from a rural area to downtown Austin. No doubt the AWD reduces economy a bit -- the car noticeably loses momentum when coasting compared to my last car, a 2000 BMW M5. While this doesn't have near the power to weight ratio of the M5 I find it lots more fun to drive and easier to live with, able to put power to pavement on greasy roads and less worries about sending going off in the weeds with the AWD and lighter car. It is very capable on a track, easily pointed using throttle along while cornering at the limit of tire adhesion, although the stock tire width seems challenged by the extra weight contributed by the AWD. Carrying capacity is good for a 2-door hatch (rear seats fold) and the Koenig seats in front are very comfortable. Pros -- plenty of power, very good brakes, and excellent handling. Reliable up to 80,000 mile so far with only an electric window motor needing replacement and a brake light switch recall. Excellent fit and finish. Very good paint and interior materials. Cons -- economy could be better, premium fuel requirement adds to cost of ownership, final drive ratio is a bit "short", so engine runs at a higher cruise rpm than some other V6 cars. Match between gearbox and engine is good but not perfect. Minor occasional rattles.
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More Than Just a Step Up from a GTI

by from Washington, DC on February 23, 2011

As a former GTI owner, I expected the R32 to be better, but not by this much. The car is absolutely flat through curves. The four wheel drive system eliminates torque steer. The tuned V6 accelerates a...
As a former GTI owner, I expected the R32 to be better, but not by this much. The car is absolutely flat through curves. The four wheel drive system eliminates torque steer. The tuned V6 accelerates as advertised. And when the vacuum operated exhaust valve opens up around 3500 RPM, the sound is a reminder that this car is different. It's very comfortable, too, although it takes some contortion to get in and out of. Overall, it's great fun to drive, and stealthy, too--no hood scoops or wings or flashy wheels.
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VW .:R32

by from Wobur MA on December 18, 2008

This car is great it has always been my dream car. I love it it has alot of power and alot of syling its handling is like a race car. Just love it. If you need a car you shoude buy an VW .:R32.
This car is great it has always been my dream car. I love it it has alot of power and alot of syling its handling is like a race car. Just love it. If you need a car you shoude buy an VW .:R32.
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Best VW ever made

by from OKC, OK on August 7, 2009

This is the 3rd VW I've owned. After over 3 years of ownership, I have never had any maintenance issues with it. The car is quick and the AWD keeps it planted on the road. Extremely difficult to break...
This is the 3rd VW I've owned. After over 3 years of ownership, I have never had any maintenance issues with it. The car is quick and the AWD keeps it planted on the road. Extremely difficult to break traction on normal roads. The seats cup your butt so you don't slide. This is a drivers car, for sure.
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GOOOOOD

by from Puerto Rico on May 6, 2011

The car is very nice, Run very fast. The interior black semi-racing is fun. I like so much the car. The car has 240 Hp and feel good. The color tornado redis very inpresionant. Only in Puerto Rico 15 ...
The car is very nice, Run very fast. The interior black semi-racing is fun. I like so much the car. The car has 240 Hp and feel good. The color tornado redis very inpresionant. Only in Puerto Rico 15 cars.
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Best Car I've Ever Owned

by from Chester, NY on July 22, 2010

This is my 4th car, 2nd VW and this is the best I've had thus far. As soon as I got back from the test drive, I simply knew I can not leave this place without this car. The exhaust note is unbelievabl...
This is my 4th car, 2nd VW and this is the best I've had thus far. As soon as I got back from the test drive, I simply knew I can not leave this place without this car. The exhaust note is unbelievable and you feed off of it. The acceleration is pretty good and you definitely get pinned to the seat when taking off. A little more HP would be nice due to the weight, but its still a very quick car nonetheless. The interior is simply amazing. Heated leather bucket seats that hug you around every turn and corner. These seats are very comfortable as well, I could take long trips in them and always be comfortable. The climate control is an awesome feature and the stock audio system is very good. If you ever get your hands on an R32, dont ever let it out of your possession. This car is definitely a keeper and will hold its value for a very long time. I know I'm not never letting it go. Its just a simply amazing car.
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the 04 r32

by from queens NY on December 18, 2012

For the VW entusiast this car represents the height of the hatch back to date. It sporty as well as stylish. Interior was well done with leather seats and R badges everywhere. The engine sound is awes...
For the VW entusiast this car represents the height of the hatch back to date. It sporty as well as stylish. Interior was well done with leather seats and R badges everywhere. The engine sound is awesome.Its only got two doors which might be a bit inconvenient for some. This car is for the VW enthusiast and not for someone that going to have passengers on a regular basis.
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Great example of German Engineering

by from Richmond, VA on November 12, 2010

The VW R32 is a great touring car. While not as blistering as the Subaru Impreza STi or the Mitsubishi Evo, it will keep you comfortable during longer trips. I use mine for commuting and weekend fun a...
The VW R32 is a great touring car. While not as blistering as the Subaru Impreza STi or the Mitsubishi Evo, it will keep you comfortable during longer trips. I use mine for commuting and weekend fun and it is a great car. Tires make all the difference in the snow and inclement weather. Truly a joy to own, this is my second R32.
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too fast

by from rockville,maryland on July 14, 2006

this car is a beast it is a smal car with alot of hustle to i got mine with a twin turbo kit and im pullin out 450 WHP!! v8 eater 0-60=3.1 seconds, but realy this car is a very nice car even to drive ...
this car is a beast it is a smal car with alot of hustle to i got mine with a twin turbo kit and im pullin out 450 WHP!! v8 eater 0-60=3.1 seconds, but realy this car is a very nice car even to drive dayliy it will get you there and back and even have fun. if you have it tip take it out in about 1-2 inches of snow too much fun!!
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groovy assed car

by from ireland on September 29, 2006

lovely to drive, very quick and sounds amazing. very comfortable and handles like a dream. when accelerating stays planted firmly and you feel a sense of confidence in the cars abilities. very happy w...
lovely to drive, very quick and sounds amazing. very comfortable and handles like a dream. when accelerating stays planted firmly and you feel a sense of confidence in the cars abilities. very happy with my r32....
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