Buying a 2008 r32 is it a good idea?

Asked by Aug 26, 2017 at 03:33 AM about the 2008 Volkswagen R32 Base

Question type: Car Selling & Trading In

I'm looking to trade in my 2009 mini cooper
s clubman. During this time I found a vw r32
the 2008 edition. It has 130k miles but only
had 1 owner. The last owner also did a lot f
work to it. Such work as air bag kit,
performance brakes, k&n cold air intake, just
cleaned motor with all sensors replaced, just
tuned, has custom exhaust guy said it was
2.5k for the exhaust, special air intake
manifold, nice rims and tires, all new interior
and dashboard, very clean and well kept.
They are asking 8,990 for it and with the
trade in going to be 4-5k for the car. My
question is what should I look for before
purchasing it, will this car last awhile if I do
routine maintenance, is this car a good deal?

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Go to a VW dealer and ask if a mechanic that works on R32s can go for a ride with you. Come back with R32 and take it for a ride w/mechanic. Ask him to drive it and get his observations. Plug in an OBD scanner and check for codes. Ask the owner if he saved all of his rcpts and if so, go through them and check what has been replaced. Ours is a Mark VI w/ manual tranny, and several things were changed in the newer generations. I have test driven them all without a salesperson ride-along ad they were busy admiring our R32 @ dealership. We prefer manual tranny autos, so never traded it in.

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