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I've seen a few posts on the R32 and in particular why people are selling them and what to look for. So I thought being that you have only just got them in OZ, I might weigh in with my 0.02 worth.
We have had the R32 in NZ since the middle of last year (roughly) and there are a couple of things you prospective buyers should watch for.

I looked at an S3, a new A3 3.2 DSG and an R32 manual. BTW: The A3 3.2 DSG's have only just arrived. For a number of reasons - I chose the R32.
The R32 I test drove had over 5000KM on the clock and it went VERY well (impressed the hell out of me). To be honest my new R32 felt fairly gutless to start with but seems to get better and better as the mileage increases.
In comparison the low km S3 I drove went very well out of the box.
So the warning is, if you drive a very low milage R32 you may not be that impressed.
Another thing to note is that the S3 and new A3 seem more conservatively damped. The R32 is quite harsh from new but does settle down nicely. It's not as bad from new as a new WRX though (had one of them).
Once again the higher milage car I drove had a great gearshift, mine was not so good but is already feeling quite smooth compared to its arrival.
Another thing to watch is the front skirt - its quite low and will ground out fairly easily.
Generally, I'm very happy with it - no quality issues yet but will keep you posted.

Phil



Modified by kiwiphil at 8:24 PM 2-17-2004
 

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welcome phil...
i think this whole loosening up thing... is quite common with VWs
my uncle's 1.6 really took about 15000kays before it loosened up and started feeling alot more powerful and smoother
same for my golf.... but it only took about 7000kays
wondering what this really means mechanically... there must be a scientific explanation for this
 

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yeah, there is, from rings to mechanical wastes, to oil suspensions to ECU (fuzzy logics?) ... its good, cause you tend to get USED to the power, but if it keeps getting better, then GREAT http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: (Lams)

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Phil welcome, and nice car! want to post some pics please?

Seriously, haven't you heard about rule numero uno ?

Congrats on the new car!
 

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Yes, Phil, it really is a bit ordinary coming on here without posting some pics and your life story.
Let us know if you need some help posting the pics. And welcome. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: (kiwiphil)

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Is the front euro plate mount standard on all NZ Mk4s, or just on the R32?
I was a bit scared when I had to drill into my bumpers to put my plates on!
 

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Euro mount is standard on all Euro cars. You can order a Euro plate to match for an extra 300 slides - I just stuck with the standard platesm
 

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kiwi, it might be a good idea to remove the number plates, or whiten it out. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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show me the moneYYYyyyy http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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why whats wrong with him showing his plates, not as if we are going to NZ to have a fang in it

Don't worry - I've got a fierce Black Labrador to protect it
 
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