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I found a slightly abused MK4 R32 on Facebook about 6 weeks ago. I was cross shopping R32s and could not find anything under $15k, then this popped up. A young guy was selling his with lots of questionable mods, I reached out and over the course of the last few weeks and we got the car inspected and it was a solid deal. Now the car drives and feels good. I just flew in yesterday and it ended up being even worse in person. The original paint is fading, little rust by the front fenders and clunks from somewhere up front from god knows what. The PPI I've done gave it a clean bill of health .

knowing this thing will be gutted, repainted and supercharged, I wasn't terribly concerned. This will be my project car that I'll get into showroom condition over the next few years.

Now, I'm looking for a barn/storage location for these newly acquired cars. I'm making my drive starting tomorrow morning from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis.











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congrats. It's got nice RPF1s, and already wired up for a new Infotainment screen (what are those two connectors?). needs a RAZR phone holder and an Audi TT shifter:

 

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ha, saw this on reddit this morning. those seats are destroyed, but should be a fun project. :thumbup:

I've always wanted to add a supercharged BMP R32 to my fleet and keep the DBP R32 pristine/original.
 

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Sweet pickup. It's a project, but you obviously knew that going in--I'm sure you're going to have plenty of fun and plenty of frustrations, and will end up with a great result.

and already wired up for a new Infotainment screen (what are those two connectors?). needs a RAZR phone holder and an Audi TT shifter:
Wired up for a new screen, yes. Wired up correctly for a new screen? Hmm...
 

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HAH! I actually saw this little gem at the local VW store not too long ago. I was there ordering a cargo liner for my Atlas when it pulled up for what I'm guessing was the PPI. Initial thought was "nice, RPF1's on an R.. looks good." Went for a closer look as I was leaving and well.. oof. Glad its going to a better home and enjoy the ride! Make sure you get a nice primantis cap n cheese before ya leave!
 

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I'm making my drive starting tomorrow morning from Pittsburgh to Minneapolis.
Oh wow - you found that in my area. Nice!
Just curious if you picked it up under tat 15k mark.

Seeing what a low mileage r32 just went for on BAT I'll bet you could turn that beater into $$$ if you wanted.

Have a great drive home - the Fall colors in Pittsburgh have been absolutely amazing this year and I'm sure it'll be that way for the entire drive!
 

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Gotta love the paper thin leather on VWs from that era. :laugh: At least you can save the panel with the .:R badge. Based on the pictures it looks like a great project car, however I'd be very concerned about rust given it's a Pittsburgh car because they use a lot of salt on those roads, but then again it's only got 130K on it so perhaps it was stored during the winters for most it's life?
 

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Oh wow - you found that in my area. Nice!
Just curious if you picked it up under tat 15k mark.

Seeing what a low mileage r32 just went for on BAT I'll bet you could turn that beater into $$$ if you wanted.

Have a great drive home - the Fall colors in Pittsburgh have been absolutely amazing this year and I'm sure it'll be that way for the entire drive!
Couldn't agree more! Seems like the first Autumn in some time it hasn't gotten pretty and then immediately stormed hard enough to knock them all down and be depressing for 6 months.

Gotta love the paper thin leather on VWs from that era. :laugh: At least you can save the panel with the .:R badge. Based on the pictures it looks like a great project car, however I'd be very concerned about rust given it's a Pittsburgh car because they use a lot of salt on those roads, but then again it's only got 130K on it so perhaps it was stored during the winters for most it's life?
We like to run out of salt before it actually snows. Welcome to PA.
 

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Congrats OP - should be a fun project and with some improvements a good investment depending on what you picked it up for.

Damn those seats took it hard though...
 

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Funny, I know a guy in Minneapolis that’s thinking of buying a place for guys to store/work on their cars. I’ll let you know if he gets it together.

I have a soft spot in my heart for these first R32’s, especially in deep blue pearl, but I love VR6-engined anything, flaws be damned.
 

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As an owner of a supercharged DBP R32 for over a decade I applaud you for getting this and giving it the TLC it needs. Looking forward to updates.

Those poor seats!





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Those poor seats.

Geezus. :(
 

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Oh wow - you found that in my area. Nice!
Just curious if you picked it up under tat 15k mark.

Seeing what a low mileage r32 just went for on BAT I'll bet you could turn that beater into $$$ if you wanted.

Have a great drive home - the Fall colors in Pittsburgh have been absolutely amazing this year and I'm sure it'll be that way for the entire drive!
paid 10,500 but it needs a few things sorted. By the time I'm done it'll be a 20-25k.

Need lots of TLC.


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congrats. It's got nice RPF1s, and already wired up for a new Infotainment screen (what are those two connectors?). needs a RAZR phone holder and an Audi TT shifter:

USB connectors for the apps on the radio.

ha, saw this on reddit this morning. those seats are destroyed, but should be a fun project. :thumbup:

I've always wanted to add a supercharged BMP R32 to my fleet and keep the DBP R32 pristine/original.
Hurry up and save one, like I did . This has always been my dream car.

Sweet pickup. It's a project, but you obviously knew that going in--I'm sure you're going to have plenty of fun and plenty of frustrations, and will end up with a great result.



Wired up for a new screen, yes. Wired up correctly for a new screen? Hmm...
The RADIO shuts off after every 30 mins lol


HAH! I actually saw this little gem at the local VW store not too long ago. I was there ordering a cargo liner for my Atlas when it pulled up for what I'm guessing was the PPI. Initial thought was "nice, RPF1's on an R.. looks good." Went for a closer look as I was leaving and well.. oof. Glad its going to a better home and enjoy the ride! Make sure you get a nice primantis cap n cheese before ya leave!
it takes really nice pictures . You've seen how bad it is.


Gotta love the paper thin leather on VWs from that era. :laugh: At least you can save the panel with the .:R badge. Based on the pictures it looks like a great project car, however I'd be very concerned about rust given it's a Pittsburgh car because they use a lot of salt on those roads, but then again it's only got 130K on it so perhaps it was stored during the winters for most it's life?
yeah it's got some rust, I'll be getting it taken apart and redone this spring.

Congrats OP - should be a fun project and with some improvements a good investment depending on what you picked it up for.

Damn those seats took it hard though...
I think I did OK at $10.5k, I could have squeezed him a bit more but it's a price I was comfortable with.

Congrats, I love these. Now get it up to snuff. :thumbup:
there's a lot of work to get sorted here.

Funny, I know a guy in Minneapolis that’s thinking of buying a place for guys to store/work on their cars. I’ll let you know if he gets it together.

I have a soft spot in my heart for these first R32’s, especially in deep blue pearl, but I love VR6-engined anything, flaws be damned.
I'm in tht same boat, rent or buy... we'll see.

As an owner of a supercharged DBP R32 for over a decade I applaud you for getting this and giving it the TLC it needs. Looking forward to updates.

Those poor seats!





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TY man, hope to do my part!

VF supercharged or something else?
Those poor seats.

Geezus. :(
they have some awesome seat covers now haha.
good good!


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TY man, hope to do my part!

VF supercharged or something else?

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It was a VF stage 3 and still is at its core with the Vortech V2 and piping. It differs from the VF kit with a different intercooler and a Bluewater/UM flexfuel kit. That consists of larger injectors, in-line fuel pump and new tune, which was tweaked by Jeff Atwood several years ago. I finally got a set of cogged pullies from Vito during his final production run. They make a world of difference. No belt slip, less belt tension needed, sound great and the cogs came with a fluidampr crank pulley.
It’s not going to outrun a tuned RS3 but it’s fun.
New cams would gain me a little more but my MK1 TT has been drawing down my car funds.



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paid 10,500 but it needs a few things sorted. By the time I'm done it'll be a 20-25k.

Need lots of TLC.


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Worth 20k or cost 20k?

The market is strong on low mileage collectors cars but drivers with over 100k aren't too far above what you got it for. Plenty of "needs TLC" examples have come through BringATrailer and struggle to crack 15k. Either way hope the project turns out well for you! Been eyeing an R project for a long while but ended up with a Corrado for now.

https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2004-volkswagen-r32-51/
https://bringatrailer.com/listing/2004-volkswagen-r32-57/
 
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