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VW Golf GTi R32 DSG

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_jimmy_

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I suppose this isn't necessarily the best place to ask but does anyone know much about these?

I've sold my Focus RS recently and am thinking of another car to supplement the Fiesta, a bit more grown up for long motorway journeys and stuff, and leaning towards a mk5 R32 or a mk6 GTi, ideally DSG for laziness on longer boring journeys and traffic etc.

What are these like? I've only owned Fords for the last 15 years so I've no idea. On paper performance should be similar ballpark to a mk7 ST. I'm not going the modification route.

What ate they like for reliability as the mk5 R32s are getting on a bit now. The mk4s look the best imo but I think possibly a bit too old as it's the same era as the mk6 Fiesta and I want something newer.

Also do these get stolen as much as the fast Fords? Any info appreciated as I know nothing about them, cheers.

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I bought a MK5 R32 5 door as a family ish car even with decent tyres it was still dull as but made a great sound.

The MK5 GTI is supposed to be OK but try finding one that's not thrashed or cheaply/badly modified now.

Honestly the R32 isn't a fun car to drive as its heavy and stodgy plus gets poor fuel economy.

Maybe look at a Seat Cupra R as you might be able to get a newer one for Golf money.
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Personally I would go for the GTi unless you want the noise of the r32 and really high tax.

Honestly they are great cars ive had a few now. I'm a Ford man but I always end up with one on the golf, a3, Leon platform.

They're not known for being stolen.

If you get one go for the k04 turbo which is found in the golf edition 30 or seat leon cupra.

Speaking of Leon. Ive also had a few of these and they represent great value as they tend to be cheaper than the golf so I feel I get better value for money and more spec in some cases.

Cambelt and waterpump needs changing every 4 years or 40k miles. And make sure the cam follower and diverter valve has been changed. They are reliable cars and make good power very easily for what they are.
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Cheers, I'll rule out the R32 then if it hasn't got the grunt. I want something with a turbo anyway really, but the R32s look good.

Cambelt every 4 years? Wow. Have you ever done it yourself or is it a main dealer type job?

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Not something I've ever done myself always had a specialist do the job or bought the car with cambelt recently done. It's normally a £400 upwards job with genuine parts. They are reliable engines but they need looking after on time. Apart from that though they are pretty good. Sticking rear calipers are common.

A simple stage 1 map on tbe ko4 turbo takes you to 300bhp and they transform the car, but as with any car clutch slip can start to creep in. R Tech are the gods on tuning these cars and will map to the tolerance on tbe clutch. Think its about 240bhp on the ko3.
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I was looking at chopping in the ST for a MK5 R32 for a long time. Then I drove one.

 

I love the VR6 engine (and pretty much everything about the R32 - the GTI never even crossed my mind as an option) but as good as it sounds the power delivery didn't do it for me. It wafts around much better than the ST but there was no fun in the top end, just more noise. More than capable power wise but not enough drama when you want it, no shove in the back.

 

I just couldn't bring myself to pay the asking price (and the tax) for the late model I wanted. If VW had put the 300hp Passat R36 engine in the R32 it would be a different story. I did look at the Passat too but it's too rare for a bargain and so heavy the power gains are cancelled out. I'd rather have the Golf.

 

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Edit: I saw one earlier and suddenly I wanted one again but remembered I'd posted this. It's part of what I love about the R32, it really is an endless heart vs head battle. Despite being underwhelmed when I drove it I still don't think I'd ever regret buying one. Even though it doesn't make much sense  :laughing:


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