Volkswagen Golf IV R32 buying advice
It’s fun. This car isn’t slow. We’re going to talk about the Golf IV R32 today. What can I tell about the car?
First, this is the VR6’s successor. I don’t know if you remember that car. It was
a Golf III, the generation preceding this one. That car had a VR6 engine and it was known
to understeer because it’s nose-heavy. Volkswagen had a problem to solve. There was some
criticism because the Golf IV GTI wasn’t popular. It’s a bit boring, not very fast,
and the handling isn’t inspiring. Volkswagen had to make
something cool for the fanboys. Fans of fast Golfs existed before the Golf did. Volkswagen had a job to do. They introduced the R32 in 2002,
a car with a 3.2 VR6 engine. It had 238 hp and 320 Nm (236 lb ft) torque. In theory you can do 0-100 kph (62 mph) in
6.6 seconds with the 6-speed manual transmission. A DSG was available as well. The Golf R32 is the first Volkswagen Group car
with a double-clutch DSG automatic transmission. It wasn’t very popular at first. I’ve been driving it for some time now.
It’s OK if you drive it yourself. Don’t shift gears too late,
because the shift will take very long. Shifting below the red line is fine; it’ll shift quickly. You’ll be faster, because the DSG
does 0-100 kph (62 mph) in 6.4 seconds. The top speed is 247 kph (153 mph); not enough for the German 250 kph (155 mph)
gentlemen’s agreement. Who cares. ENGINES
engine, performance This car share much technology
with the Audi TT 3.2. I’m talking about the engine, Haldex
all-wheel drive system, and wheel suspension. It shares all geometry with the Audi TT. This is a nice example how Volkswagen shares
technology between brands more and more. Fortunately, the Golf IV R32’s looks
is different from the average Golf. It’s not extremely wide either, but it’s cooler. It has an R32 logo in the grille and a different
front bumper with 3 big vents to cool the engine. This car has an air dam from a Seat León Cupra R. A lot of people did that and still do with these cars. It has 18 inch Aristo OZ rims, the same design
as those supplied by Ronal later on. Originally they were silver-gray,
but these are painted black. It has side skirts for more body.
Moving on to the rear. It has a little spoiler. It has a cooler rear bumper. And a double exhaust to tell us this is an R32. Different seats with fixed headrests
and a Golf R logo. There are aluminum accents at
the gear selector, center console, and door. It has a thicker sports steering wheel
and (in this case) flappy pedals. This is the first Volkswagen Group car with DSG. There aren’t many of these.
Only 500 were sold with DSG. 12,000 Golf IV 32Rs were built worldwide.
500 isn’t much. It’s direct and quick. It’s not overwhelming either.
It’s not what I hoped it to be. They say to never meet your heroes.
This isn’t one of my all-time heroes, but still. It could’ve been more awesome,
but it’s still a cool car. It’s being appreciated by collectors now;
very much so. Only a few are left. 4 Golf IV R32s are
for sale on Marktplaats.nl at the moment. 12,000 were built. This one has DSG, which is rarer. Only 5 were officially sold in the Netherlands.
This is an original Dutch car with DSG. This could be interesting for a collector.
How interesting? The average Mark IV R32 (a 15-year-old Golf)
starts at 15,000 euros. That’s the lowest price for a decent car. The rarer DSG is more expensive.
This car is 25,000 euros. That’s a lot of money for a car that’s not stock.
On the other hand, people pay it. This is how it works on the car market:
supply and demand. When something’s rare, the prices go up. This car’s seller, Frank Overweg’s son Pim from Olst,
said there are many people who want to see it. It just went up for sale and already
many people are interested. Apparently, these cars are worth it nowadays. PRICES
minimum, maximum The things to watch out for
with the Mark IV Golf R32. I won’t tell everything you need to watch out for
with the Golf IV, or else the video will be too long. We’re discussing the R32 characteristics. First, these cars are becoming more valuable now,
but they were more affordable in the past. They were bought by people who didn’t have the
money or desire to keep the car in proper condition. They could’ve driven it fast. They may have hit a tree or went down a levee. Check the history of the car and for damages.
It should’ve been well maintained too. You don’t want to miss some maintenance things. For the powertrain I want to
point out the Haldex system. First, the differential. Many R32s
were lowered by their owners. Fine. This doesn’t have to be a bad thing, but the different
angle of the drive shaft destroys the differential. Check for weird singing sounds
coming from the differential. The Haldex system needs new oil
every 30,000 km (19,000 miles). You have to check if that has been done
and when it has been done the last time. I don’t think you’ll buy this car as a daily driver
to do 150,000 km (93,000 miles) a year. If you do 50,000 km (31,000 miles)
a year, new oil gets expensive. Preferably the previous owner took care of this. Things to watch out for under the hood. The pretty VR6 engine is reliable,
but there are some things to watch out for. First, if the car has an irregular idle,
it could be a broken mass flow sensor. Now you know where to look when this happens. Hidden behind this are the cooling fans. Those can break too. You can check their condition
by idling and switching the Climatronic to Auto. It should hum quietly. If it’s irregular, they’re dying. This is another thing to watch out for. This car is
no longer stock, but the top mounts can break. You can check this by driving over bumps
with full lock at a low speed. Drive over a speed bump or something. If you hear
ticking, creaking sounds, they’re probably broken. Another thing is the exhausts.
Many have been replaced with Milltek systems. Those Milltek systems come in 2 varieties:
with and without a middle silencer. If you want to drive long distances, go on vacation
to southern France, buy one with a middle silencer. More noise seems fun, but trust me, this resonance
on the highway at 2,500-3,000 rpm drives you mad. You want that middle silencer. There has been a recall on the ECU of the early cars. It could falter and lose power
between 2,000 and 3,000 rpm. This one doesn’t have that problem
because it probably had the update, but check if it picks up
at full throttle in that rpm range. The rear springs can snap.
You can tell when the car is slanted or leaning. It’s not a very expensive repair,
but it is something to check. There aren’t any real interior problems. The full-leather seats (there were half-leather seats
as well) have sagging cushions, which looks bad, and they damage more easily. With an older car such as this you’d
think it’s rusty, but it’s not that bad. The only thing to check is the trunk lid. It has drains, but these can get clogged.
Tough luck when this happens. Water will collect in the trunk lid and
it starts to rust. You can easily check this. You can remove the plastic cover
of the wiper motor to look into the trunk lid. If you don’t see rust or water, you’ll be fine. If there’s some water but not that much rust,
you can unclog the drains. It’ll be fine for some time. Maintain it well.
There aren’t any real electronic problems. You should check if the ignition and the alarm work. Also, the door light should switch on when
you open the door, if you think that’s important. We borrowed the Golf R32 we’re driving today
at Frank Overweg in Olst. This is a car with a story.
It’s one of the few DSG cars in the Netherlands. This car’s first owner really wanted the DSG
and e-mailed the importer, dealer, and factory. It came eventually. They were
the happy owners of this R32 with DSG. Only 5 were sold here,
so this is very special in the Netherlands. 500 were sold worldwide, 5 in the Netherlands. Things were done over the years,
but all has been documented. It’s rare to see this much information, receipts,
booklets, and folders of the modifications they did. Rims painted black, a roll bar, different top mounts,
lowered using a Bilstein suspension, etc. Much has been done. This car is no longer stock,
but it fits. This is what an R32 often looks like. I’ve had a lot of fun. It’s an icon, a childhood hero,
the basis for the current Golf R. We all know that’s a fantastic car. THIS CAR If you’re looking for a second-hand car and want
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