Build or Buy: R32 Track Car

So you’re looking for a car to terrorize the track and you’ve settled on the legendary Volkswagen R32. With its 3.2-liter VR6, a 6-speed manual transmission, and 4motion all-wheel-drive you know your future speed sessions will be a ton of fun. But do you buy a ready-to-race one, or a needs-some-work example? It’s the dilemma of any enthusiast: build? Or Buy?

Argument: Build
Article: 2004 Volkswagen R32

At first glance, this R32 looks like quite the bargain. Sure it has some rust. And probably some dings. And the interior looks a bit worn. Keep in mind this is a 15-year-old car.

But if you look a little deeper, you’ll notice some tasty upgrades. There are slotted rotors. And it looks like some sticky Continental tires. Is that a radar detector hardwired into the car? And of course, the touchscreen Pioneer stereo is a very nice upgrade.

But it’s tough to get past the 198,000 miles on the odometer. And if you read the fine print, it says this R32 will not pass New York inspection, or you have to register it for off-road-use only.

So while this little car has potential, and with an $8,994 asking price, it’s rather tempting. Take a look at the eBay classified ad for more information. This 2004 R32 is in Waterloo, NY.

Argument: Buy
Article: 2004 Volkswagen R32

It’s always interesting when an ad says “I want this to go to a good home.” It implies the car has been well taken care of, even loved by the current owner. And the owner wants someone to take as much care of their baby as they did.

Here’s just such a car. This R32 has only 45,000 miles. You read that right. And the same person has owned it since 2006, and it’s only been out of the garage for a “few track days a year.”

Since it is a track car, it has a roll cage, racing seats with 5-point harnesses, coilovers, upgraded brakes, and much more. If you want a car that you can get on the track the same day you buy it, this is your car.

But all this kit and the low miles come at a price; $24,900. The eBay classified ad has much more information, and the car is in Owings Mills, MD.