Build or Buy: Give Me Liberty or Give Me…Stock?

Liberty Walk cars: you either love them or hate them. What are Liberty Walk cars? Their site has a decent explanation, but the Cliffs-notes version is: they make bolt-on wide fenders. Before we get hate letters, LW cars are a bit more than that, but that’s where it started. So if you want that wide-fender look, do you build it yourself or do you buy it built?

Argument: Build
Article: 2013 Volkswagen Golf R MKVI 2-Door

If you follow our Build or Buy series, you’ve noticed we try to find the lowest-priced version of the featured model. With a quick internet search, we found we found a pretty cheap MKVI R. If you’re looking for a powerful all-wheel-drive hatchback canvas to build on, this is a great option.

This metallic grey-over-black car is in very good condition. The bodywork is all straight and shiny. The Pretoria wheels have been refinished black (perhaps to hide rash? Looks good either way). The interior is clean too, but we wonder if the seat bolsters show any wear; you can’t tell from the included photos.

Why do we wonder about the bolsters? Well, here’s the rub with this low-priced R: it has 115,000 miles. In other words, the low $11,995 price may give you space in your budget for wide fenders, but you’re probably looking at some major maintenance soon. This 2013 Golf R 2-door is in Williston, Vermont. See more at the dealership’s website.

Argument: Buy
Article: 2013 Volkswagen Golf R MKVI 2-Door

If you love the Liberty Walk look, here’s the perfect car for you. Check out those wide bolt-on fenders. The mods on this car don’t stop there. This R has a whole list of add-ons: Fiske 3-piece staggered wheels, Brembo front brakes, airride suspension, and much much more.

Inside there’s an aftermarket shift knob on what looks to be a shortened stalk. And there’s a Pioneer touch-screen head unit.

That color? No, it’s not a vinyl wrap. The car has been resprayed Toyota TRD “Rising Blue Metallic.”

With only 51,000 miles and all that kit, you’d think the asking price would be high. And it is: $21,489 on the dealer website or $19,489 on cars.com. This Liberty Walk Golf R is in Hazelwood, MO.