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Old 09-25-2009, 09:05 PM   #1
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VW Golf?

Hey guys, i saw a top gear episode a few days ago that featured a VW golf vs. the new bmw 130. the golf kicked the shit out of the beamer and i sort of got a hard on for it. but i cant remember what model it was and i haven't been able to find it at the VW America site. anyone know what it is? the american version may have a different name than the one they tested over seas. it was a 3.2 ltr v6 with all wheel drive if that helps. i will prolly buy a car in a year or two once i get the truck paid off and want to go ahead and start researching ones i like (i'm still heavily considering a 90 or 91 325i though)
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check into the golf R32 from what i remember it was supercharged awd but i don't remember what engine it was.
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check into the golf R32 from what i remember it was supercharged awd but i don't remember what engine it was.
yes i just pulled that episode up.yes it is a r32 and it's a 3.2l v6 and i was wrong it's not supercharged.
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Yes, Jfr is correct it was the R32. Apparently there is no 2009 R32, 2008 as of now was the last year to see the R232 in the U.S.
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:25 PM   #5
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I'm watching that Top Gear from my DVR right now since I was working Monday night. I love that show!
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Old 09-25-2009, 09:32 PM   #6
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the old r32 i think were boosting. but the 130 wagon was pimp IMO. id rather go beemer than vdub.
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personally i love vw's i had an 01 gti before i bought my tacoma and i miss it everyday.. they are a ton of fun to drive!
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yes i just pulled that episode up.yes it is a r32 and it's a 3.2l v6 and i was wrong it's not supercharged.
awesome, i'd rather not deal with charger maintenance. i dont know how much of a pain the new ones are but i know older ones took some regular upkeep

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Yes, Jfr is correct it was the R32. Apparently there is no 2009 R32, 2008 as of now was the last year to see the R232 in the U.S.
bummer, wonder why they discontinued it
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the old r32 i think were boosting. but the 130 wagon was pimp IMO. id rather go beemer than vdub.
i use to love bmw's but in the last decade they have gone to total shit. i'm trying to decide if i should pay alot for a nice stock car, or pay cash for an older bmw (e30) with a blown engine and replace it with an e36 2.8 liter and soup it up. i have a soft spot for the e30 chassis since that was my first ever car
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Old 09-26-2009, 11:40 AM   #11
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i use to love bmw's but in the last decade they have gone to total shit. i'm trying to decide if i should pay alot for a nice stock car, or pay cash for an older bmw (e30) with a blown engine and replace it with an e36 2.8 liter and soup it up. i have a soft spot for the e30 chassis since that was my first ever car

same here. i just like the squareness of the older cars. one day



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Heres some info on the replacement for the R32 if anyone is interested. http://www.caranddriver.com/news/car...erica-car_news
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Ehh.....
It's a VW Golf. That's a CHICK car.....

Reminds me of skinny blonde teeny boppers cruising around in a car that mom bought for them.



Thats what I tell my guy friends that drive them. I'll admit that can look pretty clean with a reasonable drop, some decent wheels and few small things done, but it is what it is.

The 4th generation golf has quite a few issues too. The interior becomes terrible over time, water will leak into the cab if the roof drains are not cleaned on a regular basis, the timing chain that has no recommended service interval WILL need replacing eventually (chain guides and tensioner break), thermostat distribution tubes commonly break requiring the front clip to be removed in order to replace, and the list goes on and on. Definitely not the most reliable of cars.

Heres a mkIV that I just replaced $3,600 in parts for a friend of mine. 140k and the list was.. Pressure plate, flywheel, friction disk, throwout bearing (failed and caused the initial problem), clutch fork, slave cylinder, throwout bearing guide tube, DS and PS axles, upper and lower timing chains with guides and tensioner, rear main seal, thermostat housing with distribution tube and thermostat, coolant temperature sending unit, Aux coolant pump, Lower coolant distribution tube (rusted), Pendulum mount bushings, and the list goes on.

If it was me, I would rather not have something that requires spending this much money on parts only with thousands of dollars in labor to go along with at this many miles. Heres of picture of the ride.
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I wanted an E30 for awhile. Eventually decided a 20 year old car wouldnt really work out for me that well.

If you do go the E30 route and do a swap, why swap a M52 (2.8) and not a S50/S52 (Euro/US E36 M3 engine)


And for a reliability standpoint, I wouldn't buy anything german that was designed after the mid 90s. Before that, bullet proof reliability. After that, spotty.
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Ehh.....
It's a VW Golf. That's a CHICK car.....

Reminds me of skinny blonde teeny boppers cruising around in a car that mom bought for them.
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I wanted an E30 for awhile. Eventually decided a 20 year old car wouldnt really work out for me that well.

If you do go the E30 route and do a swap, why swap a M52 (2.8) and not a S50/S52 (Euro/US E36 M3 engine)


And for a reliability standpoint, I wouldn't buy anything german that was designed after the mid 90s. Before that, bullet proof reliability. After that, spotty.
price and maintenance.
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Old 09-26-2009, 08:21 PM   #17
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S50/S52 wouldn't cost more in the long run than keeping a Golf on the road though.
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Old 09-29-2009, 10:04 AM   #18
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same here. i just like the squareness of the older cars. one day



i have always thought that is one of hte best looking most agressive looking cars ever made. when you see one coming up on you in your rear view mirror they look so angry. i love em!

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Ehh.....
It's a VW Golf. That's a CHICK car.....

Reminds me of skinny blonde teeny boppers cruising around in a car that mom bought for them.
yeah, but i've always loved golfs. my dad use to have a late 80's model. for some reason i just have a soft spot for them
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80s golfs are very different animals compared to new golfs.

I'd love to get my hands on a MkI or MkII GTi!
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80s golfs are very different animals compared to new golfs.

I'd love to get my hands on a MkI or MkII GTi!
oh i know, they are completely different. but i just like the hatchback body style. i dont know what it is but i have always liked them
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