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VW Golf R32

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  • PFFlyer@EdmundsPFFlyer@Edmunds Pennsylvania Furnace, PAPosts: 5,807
    Ah... I just had a check engine light come on for an EGR valve malfunction. Reset the light with an OBDII scanner and waiting to see if it was a freak occurance or if it repeats itself

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  • tslbmwtslbmw Posts: 166
    Well, it's been quiet on this forum for long enough, so here is my update. I'm about to take my 08 R32 in for its first service (oil change). I've experienced zero problems with the car so far. I've used the launch control about 8 times with no issues and lots of grins. Here are the pros and cons of the car as I see them:

    Pros: Effortless speed; others may cry for more than 250 hp, but I never find myself in a situation where I've needed more power. DSG; IMO the best transmission on the planet (and this is coming from a guy who only owned manuals). Grip; the R really sticks in the turns. Haldex 4motion; it has come in handy on a few snowy days here in VA, but most importantly it eliminates all torque steer that you get in the GTI and other FWD rockets. Well appointed interior. Excellent sound system. Understated style inside and out; I love the center dual exhaust (and the sound it makes).

    Cons: There is a rattle somewhere in the center stack that comes and goes. It's not very loud, but I notice it when the HVAC and radio are off. I'm going to have this addressed at the service next week. To complete the look, I wish the R came with fog lights...not a big deal, but it would be a nice touch. And my biggest complaint would have to be the small gas tank. For a little GT, this puppy is only going about 225 to 250 between fill ups. I don't mind the gas mileage, but I would love a longer cruising range.

    So, there you have it. I'm about 3 1/2 months into ownership and I couldn't be happier with the car. And I have only seen one other R32 on the road since my purchase....which I love!

    604doc, how did your little gas cap light situation turn out? How's your R treating you?
  • rmorin2rmorin2 Posts: 110
    My 08 had its 15K service about 3 weeks ago. I know that the manual doesn't call for anything at 15K but I had the oil changed anyway. I have had zero problems with my car other than having new wiper blades installed at the 10K service. I drive it everyday 60 miles RT to and from work at 70-75 mph. Usually get between 24 and 26 mpg so I'm not complaining. So far I am a happy R owner.
  • tslbmwtslbmw Posts: 166
    Wow, 24 to 26 mpg is impressive. I haven't been on many trips in my R yet, but the best I've gotten so far was 22.8 on a 125 mile round trip (mostly interstate). Although I must admit that I have a lot of trouble not taking every opportunity to downshift and blow by someone....maybe if I relaxed a little I could do better, but where's the fun in that...:)
  • 604doc604doc Posts: 182
    I had the weirdest experience at my dealer concerning the gas cap light.

    On the previous visit, I was told that some sort of emissions valve had to be ordered, so another appointment was made.
    When I brought it in, the service advisor confirmed my appointment, gave me a loaner and said they'd call when it was done.

    So here's the weird part. When I picked it up, the service advisor was busy, so I just grabbed my copy of the repair order, and my keys, and went out to the car. Before I left the lot, I read the repair order, and it basically said, "tested system, no fault found". There was no mention of a part being replaced.
    I went back inside for an explanation, and the service advisor acted like he had no idea what I was talking about when I asked why the part hadn't been installed. I felt like I was in the Twilight Zone or something. He said there was no record of a part even being ordered. So I asked, "If no part was ordered, why did you schedule an appointment for me to come back in?" He just hemmed and hawed, and said they didn't find any problem, and to come back if it happened again.
    Since that visit, I've had zero issues, which is great, but strange. I sometimes think that they did change the part, but didn't want the visit to count towards a possible "lemon law" visit. It's the only thing I can think of.

    A few days later, the service manager called and said that he'd overheard the conversation and was investigating what had happened. He said to call him personally if I had any more issues. The whole thing was just weird.

    BTW, do you guys base you service interval on time, or mileage? I'll hit 6 months before I hit 5000 miles as far as the first service goes.
  • tslbmwtslbmw Posts: 166
    Your advisor definitely lives in "bizarro world!!" (sorry, I always been a big Seinfeld fan) That is very strange, but at least the light has stayed off since then and I'm glad to hear the manager called you as well....someone needs to stay on top of that guy.

    I'm actually going by the computer. Mine says I need to have the first service in 5 days or 750 miles....since this is my first service, I'm gonna go by the "5 days" part. After this one though, I'll be going by the mileage recommendation. I don't know if it's myth or truth, but I'm always itching to get that first oil change done and it's hard enough for me to wait til 5K (or with my prior BMW, almost 15K miles!!). So, if I were you, I would head in there by the 6th month and then go by the mileage intervals from then on.
  • 604doc604doc Posts: 182
    Thanks for the advice. I was kinda leaning that way.
  • hansel24hansel24 Posts: 1
    I'm about to pass the 23,000 mile mark on my 2008 R32 on Monday so I figured I would share some of my experiences to see if anyone else out there is having some of the same issues.

    1. Fuel Light Fault - I've had this fault almost as long as I've owned the car. Also immediately after fueling when I try to start the engine it will choke and sometimes die without starting. This only happens immediately after fueling. I've taken it to the dealer a half dozen times but they can't seem to figure out what the problem is. I've learned to ignore it.

    2. DSG Transmission Problems - For the last month I've noticed that when I'm on the autobahn (I live in Germany) driving between 100 and 120 mph and then have to slow down to stop and go for traffic, when the transmission goes from 2nd to 1st gear the whole car shudders like I hit the brake. Then when I lightly apply the gas pedal the RPM needle bounces like if I was driving a manual and not giving it enough gas while letting off the clutch. I'm taking it back to the dealer this week to have it looked at again.

    3. VW Roof Rack Dented Car - The VW roof rack I purchased from the VW dealer that is specifically built for the 2008 Golf has dented my car where it attaches in the rear over the passenger side rear window. I tightened the rack with the tool that came with the rack to the specified torque shown on the tool and it dented my car.

    4. Engine Check Light & Stereo Problems - This has only happened one time so I'm not too upset about it. When the engine check light went on for the fuel cap fault my stereo immediately lost all function. The stereo was still powered on but none of the buttons worked and the sound had cut off. This all happened while I was driving on the autobahn. I was able to restore functionality by pulling over and turning the car off then back on.

    Overall I'm pretty unhappy with the R32. Although it drives wonderfully in the snow which I tested all winter long in the Alps in Austria. Also, it is fun to drive in the city and high speed corners going on or off the autobahn are a blast. All in all though it just doesn't perform as well as I had expected it to. I took it head-to-head against my friends Mini Cooper S on the autobahn and it was nose to nose all the way to where I hit my limiter at 130mph and then he pulled away because he's had his limiter removed. I expected more from the V6!

    I wish I would have gone for one of the German Audi turbo diesels that are here. They're faster than the R32 and get over 30mpg.

    Cheers,
    Keith
  • 604doc604doc Posts: 182
    Hi Keith,
    Just a quick note on your fuel issue. I don't know if this applies to you, but here in the States, VW released a recall on the fuel system. I had it done last week, and haven't had the fuel cap light since. It didn't come on a lot with my car, so I'm not 100% sure that it's fixed.
    I don't know if your car's fuel/emissions system is the same as US spec cars, but you might ask your dealer.
  • hansel....

    he beat you due to a removed speed limiter but you are blaming it on the engine?

    its the limiter man.

    and i thought all r32's were limited to 150mph?
  • kona8kona8 Posts: 1
    1.
    My 2008 R32's DSG transmission is doing the exact same thing you describe above in point #2 when going from 2nd to 1st gear. Do you know what this problem is? Has your dealer corrected it?

    2.
    I just ordered the VW basic roof rack for my car. Any advice to avoid the dents in the roof?

    Thanks
  • 604doc604doc Posts: 182
    Well, I haven't visited this thread in a while, so I thought I'd stop by and say hi, and give an update on my R32.

    I've got just over 10K now, and besides the occasional "check fuel cap" light, I've had zero problems. The car is still a blast to drive.

    Now when the fuel cap light comes on, I just ignore it, because it usually goes out and stays out at the next start. I've pretty much given up on the dealer being able to fix it.
  • dub_ladydub_lady Posts: 3
    I found this cool comparison of the 2008 R32 and the 2004 R32 at this Portland Volkswagen Dealers blog. Its pretty cool, they had a blue 2008 R32 and a blue 2004 R32 took them out for test drives and compared how they drive and such.
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