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2003 Volkswagen Golf R32

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  • Mileage~73,600
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.2-litre
  • LocationRayleigh


2003 Volkswagen Golf R32

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Dom Ginn
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An even hotter hatch - the R32 is arguably the start of VW's performance-focused 'R' line.

The R32 Mk4 offers an incredible amount of power with its transverse six-cylinder engine at 241bhp, taking Europe's best-selling car to 60mph in 6.3 seconds. The throttle control is designed in such a way that it responds to the slightest movement of the accelerator, with a top speed of 150mph, you'll be able to get anywhere in style, speed and with the practicality this hatchback offers. Only 500 were ever produced for the UK market between 2002-2004 - this RHD example has been imported from Guernsey.

Paige has been the proud owner of the Golf R32 example for the last 2 years and loved every second, mentioning how effortlessly the VR6 accelerates and how beautiful it sounds while doing so. The car has recently had a new timing chain and clutch replacement while remaining in highly original stock form; an ideal example among like-minded VW enthusiasts.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Dom after meeting Paige the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Acceleration is effortless and that V6 engine makes one gorgeous sound.

Since a young age, Paige has always appreciated the VW Golf, influenced by her dad's fascination. Paige's parents headed out to buy a new MK5 R32 when she was 7, and ever since always wanted one for herself. So when the opportunity came up to purchase a lovely example in her favourite colour she jumped at the chance.

After shopping around, this was the cleanest, highly original example on the market. Paige has been the proud owner of this R32 for the past 2 years. After purchasing the car and having the car serviced by her local R32 specialists (VW Mad) the timings chains were out of tolerance (a common issue with the R32). Paige reports these were replaced less than 10,000 miles ago, along with a new clutch. Apart from the aftermarket stereo, Paige reports the car is completely standard.

Due to funding a new house, Paige has decided to part with her beloved R32. She reports " I only hope that whoever buys it gets as much enjoyment out of it as I have".

Paige will be happy to answer any questions you may have about the car in the comments below.

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A subtly aggressive look with 20mm lower suspension, ground-hugging body kit and roof spoiler which still looks great today.

Wheels and Tyres

The car comes fitted with its original 18" alloy wheels, which present in good condition today, Paige reports having them refurbished over her ownership, although a few minor curb marks were present on our visit.

The wheels look in good condition, along with Dunlop Sport Maxx tyres, which appear to have a good amount of tread left on them and are dated 2020. Please take a look at the exterior photos and videos to see the wheels up close for yourself.


We like the curved proportions of this Golf, along with its 'R' body kit, side skirts and spoiler. The bodywork of the car appears great, all the panel gaps look right and true, good as you would expect for a modern classic.

We have taken hi-resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves.


Eyecatching 'Deep Blue Pearl' paintwork which looks even and consistent with a deep shine.

The images taken are from different angles and reflections to show the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. Please take the time to fully assess the condition.

Glass and Trim

The glass looks in excellent condition across the car, along with the trim.

All the window rubbers and seals appear tight with no signs of excessive wear or degrading.


Stood the test of time over the past 16 years, with König sports seats, ESP, climate control, rain-sensing wipers and cruise control.

Seats and Carpets

The R32 comes very well equipped with König sports seats which look great in this example and show signs of care throughout previous ownerships.

On our visit, we didn't notice any major signs of wear and tear - just some light creasing to the front leather, as you would expect.

The carpets and door cards also tell a similar story, deep plush clean carpets with a luxurious appeal.


The black leather dashboard and silver centre console present in great order for their age and mileage. The switchgear presents in good condition with no reported issues from Paige.

The classic arrangement of VW dials are legible with no glass or binnacle damage.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

A basic yet sports focused three-spoke VW 'R' badged wheel is fitted - showing signs of wear around the wheel - this would be a great improvement to recover by a specialist like Royal Steering Wheels.

The manual gear selector is found on the centre column and is in line with the rest of the condition of the car.


Not slow, even by today's standards, the R32 offers an intoxicating tune from the 3.2L VR6.

Engine and Gearbox

A larger version of the tried and tested 2.8L VR6 VW already had in the service, with an increased displacement of 3.2L – introducing the 241bhp VR6 beast.

The car starts from cold with no issues and drives well with its smooth manual gearbox powering all wheels with the brand’s Haldex-based 4Motion system. Take a look at the mechanical video to see the car starting from cold, and for a closer look underneath.

Suspension and Brakes

Equipped with Passat W8-derived brakes. The 20mm lower suspension means there’s little body roll in corners, while direct steering and 4WD grip also make for secure cornering.

Paige reports both are working very well with no unusual knocks or noises coming from either, and a smooth but performance-focused ride is always offered.

The Drive

A thrilling ride is offered every time, one which Paige loves.

Paige reports the steering is heavy compared to today's standard and is a proper driver's car with an incredible intoxicating soundtrack.

Electrics and Other

Fitted with all your mod cons from 2003 - Paige reports the only non-standard feature is the Sony entertainment unit fitted in the central column.

Paige mentions all the electrics are working well to her knowledge.

History and Paperwork

This highly original Deep Blue Pearl R32 rare hot hatch is not one to miss.

Paige and the previous owners have clearly taken good care of the car. The car was imported from Guernsey. You'll find lots of work completed on the car over the past few years of ownership, take a look at the media pack for a detailed view.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in hi-resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
09.09.2021 MOT 67,332
17.07.2020 MOT 63,254
Key Details
  • ModelGolf R32
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date06.11.2003
  • UK Reg. Date01.08.2020
  • CC3189CC
  • Mileage~73,600
  • HistoryGood
  • ColourDeep Blue Pearl
  • Interior ColourBlack
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #WVWZZZ1J24D009320
  • Engine #BFH008384
  • MOTYes. Exp 16.07.2022
  • MOT ExemptNo
  • Road Tax ExemptNo
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former UK Keepers1 (UK)
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandDunlop
  • Tyre Age2020
  • Security SysYes
  • # of Keys2
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned2 years
  • Key FeatureOriginality

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Kulraj Salh

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The MOT in July 2021 reported the following advisories. Have they been done?

Repair as soon as possible (minor defects):
Nearside Front Track rod end ball joint dust cover damaged or deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.1.3 (g) (i))
Offside Front Track rod end ball joint dust cover damaged or deteriorated, but preventing the ingress of dirt (2.1.3 (g) (i))
Monitor and repair if necessary (advisories):
Nearside Front Lower Suspension arm pin or bush worn but not resulting in excessive movement rearmost bush unbonding (5.3.4 (a) (i))


Hi, is this vehicle an import, as the previous mot history is only for the last 2 years, and it was registered in the uk 2 years ago? If so where was it imported from and is there any documentation illustrating the annual inspections prior to 2020?


Hi when was the last haldex service


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