I don’t know why the idea struck me today, but I thought it would be a great idea to look up MkV R32 prices, and now I’m sort of regretting it. It seems that while the MkIV variants are still trading hands in the $15,000 range, the nicer interior and larger and more usable MkV has depreciated to the point that some nice ones are trading hands between 10,000 and 12,000 US greenbacks. This particular example here is on eBay with a Buy-It-Now price of just $11,750, while its odometer reads just 79,000 miles. Not only that, but the car appears to be clean and stock, which is a rarity among Volkswagen owners. I’m not sure why I’m drawn to this car, but I kind of love it.
Of course, I’m aware the perils of VW ownership, as I have a scad of vintage German cars as it is. The tradeoffs of a DSG transmission and a finicky Haldex rear differential might be outweighed by that glorious VR6 engine. One of these slightly lowered on a set of sport springs with a catback exhaust, a roof rack, and nothing else, that’s pretty close to my idea of perfection. I wish that they’d been available with a stick, but this would likely fill the gap of our Mazda3 and serve as daily driver for my wife, as we’d have to get rid of something (5 cars is about my limit). However, it would do everything the Mazda does, only a lot faster and more comfortably. This could still haul dogs and the occasional friend, has plenty of hatch space for groceries or home depot runs, and the roof rack could carry our bikes or kayaks or lumber runs (though hopefully I’ll get my stupid little Toyota pickup running soon to handle those duties). This car, to me, has just the right balance of boy-racer and stoic charm. It’s classy, but it’ll still go for a romp with you on a back mountain road somewhere.
What do you think? Am I a masochist for wanting a fourth non-warranteed German cars in our garage? Is the payoff of the R32’s exhaust rumble worth it? What would you pick instead?