Find Of The Day: Slick Silver R32

Today’s Find comes to us from Canada via Las Vegas. This 2004 R32 is a seriously slick and in excellent condition. For the right price you can call this car your own.

The R32 is an interesting beast. Volkswagen raided the corporate parts bin and cobbled together one sophisticated hatchback. They started with a standard Golf 2-door body shell, then added a 3.2-liter VR6 engine, a 6-speed manual transmission, Haldex 4-Motion all-wheel-drive, and independent rear suspension; all shared with the Audi TT 3.2 model. Inside there’s nicely bolstered Konig leather sports seats, alloy dash trim, and Climatronic climate control. Outside there’s a more aggressive body kit, 18″ alloy wheels, blue brake calipers, projector-beam headlights, and two polished exhaust tips. The overall look is…subtly aggressive.

Despite all this kit, the R32 occupies a strange space in the performance car world. To start, its zero-to-60 time, about 6.4 seconds, is nearly identical to the 1.8T GTI of the same era. Fanboys expected this uber-Golf to be a Subaru STI killer. It wasn’t. Nor could it bring down a Mitsubishi Evo. No, this was no hard-core all-out performance machine. It was closer to a grand-tourer. Does it have sporting pretensions? Heck yes! But it’s not a balls-to-the-wall gonzo speed machine. It’s the kind of car that you can drive aggressively without being punished by loud cabin noise or a backbone breaking ride.

This 2004 R32 has been very well maintained. With only 93,000 miles this hatch has been driven about 6700 miles a year. It lived with its first owner in Las Vegas, Nevada, so there’s not a speck of rust on it. It now lives in Toronto, Canada, where the current owner, VWVortex member smithgtivr, has also kept it out of snow and salt. Check out the interior pics; there’s little to no wear on the driver’s seat bolsters. The exterior is in great condition; the car has a ceramic-coat finish. Recent maintenance includes front wheel bearing, suspension bushings, plugs, fuel filter, and a few other things. The R32 also has some tasteful upgrades: Koni coilovers, Forge air intake, and a few other things.

So if you’re in the market for an all-wheel-drive grand tourer, something you can go canyon-carving in and take to your local Whole Foods, this could be the car for you. Check out the ad in our classifieds. The current asking price is $14,000 U.S. or $18,500 Canadian.