Golf mk IV R32 - Sell or not to sell?

Golf mk IV R32 - Sell or not to sell?

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ensignia

853 posts

198 months

Sunday 12th July 2020
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I had a 2003 model when I was 20 (going back nearly 13 years ago frown ), and I absolutely loved it. I sold mine (black 3 door, completely standard) with 40k on it in November 2008 for £8500.

It's astonishing how they've held their value and the MK5 has completely plummeted in comparison. These will almost certainly be a future classic; I think they're considered to be already in some quarters, but if you're looking to keep it as an investment it probably won't be worthwhile. I don't think they're considered special enough to fetch serious money.

biggbn

9,109 posts

183 months

Sunday 12th July 2020
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Wow, shows how out pf touch I am!!

MightyBadger

392 posts

13 months

Sunday 12th July 2020
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NGRhodes said:
Not a lot of standard early ones around, I don't think it will be long before standard R32s attract the attention of classic car market and end up being closer to £4500 than £450.
The value of these surpassed £4500 many years ago, if you double that price you might get an ok one. £10000 will get you a good one and more for a minter.

Warby80

312 posts

55 months

Sunday 12th July 2020
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3 things i can think of that will have a big impact on its value:

Body/Interior colour.
Mileage.
Have the timing chains been done.

3/5 door may have a slight impact aswell but a clean, standard, low mileage, DBP/black interior car that has had the chains done would probably find a buyer at 10k maybe more.

Plenty around on the forums at 5/6/7k in varying conditions and the bottom end of the mk5 market is now below the mk4s.

I loved mine, and the suspension changes compared to a normal mk4 mean they dont suffer anything like the same boatyness.

Ian Geary

2,278 posts

155 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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It might also be useful to understand why your wife wants the car sold?

Eg what attributes doesn't she like? ( noise, harsh ride, image, lack of tech)

Just think it's worth thinking about so you can come up with some decent rebuttals!

A1VDY

3,575 posts

90 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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One on ebay, pirelli special edition £16500
Or without wheels, brakes and suspension £11500..

StuntmanMike

11,407 posts

114 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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OP. Sadly not everything in life is as reliable as a Volkswagen.

thebraketester

10,781 posts

101 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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A1VDY said:
One on ebay, pirelli special edition £16500
Or without wheels, brakes and suspension £11500..
That’s a MK5 GTI not an r32

OP. Keep it. 100%

Car_Nut

596 posts

51 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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I agree - it is of the age where it is appreciating in value rapidly - hang onto it. Particularly, as it was the last of the properly built Golfs. But if you do want rid of it - I would give you £5k for it all day long whatever the condition or mileage! (Have always wanted one, but have just missed the bus).

With respect WBAC - when I was selling my X350 in the middle of divorce - I thought that a WBAC valuation might be useful in giving a nice low value for determination of assets in the financial settlement. When I went though the process I was asked if the personal plate was included (which referenced the car not me) and was given a valuation of £2,000. Then thought that as the number was worth several hundred that I would do the same thing without the plate - the valuation that came back was £2,000. Decided that their value was so low, that I could not use it for divorce purposes in all honesty, and sold the car for £7,000 privately.

Have you thought about selling your wife instead!


Court_S

4,035 posts

140 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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I’d hang on to it too.

I know many slate the Mk4, but I like them especially the R32. A decent stock R32 has got to be fairly rare these days.

Tom H

Original Poster:

525 posts

150 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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Thanks folks. Just been offered a Honda to do some miles in and keep the Golf. I’ll let you know if I decide to sell!!

Adrian E

2,936 posts

139 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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Interstellar mileage will limit its future classic value (I know it's not 'above average' but you do tend to find after the first few years annual mileage drops off a lot.)

If it feels tight it'll be worth more to you than anyone else, most likely.

The downside to keeping it is that it's likely the engine will need an overhaul before too much longer.....

DaveyBoyWonder

988 posts

137 months

Monday 13th July 2020
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Mk4 R32s are increasing in price. Few years ago there was a fair bit of choice around the £4k mark and now theres many more at around the £10k mark. Regardless of whether you want to hold onto it or not, if its a good one with decent service history and sensible mileage it'll be worth a fair chunk. Last time I checked even rough ones were well over £4k....

mercedeslimos

956 posts

132 months

Tuesday 14th July 2020
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Adrian E said:
Interstellar mileage will limit its future classic value (I know it's not 'above average' but you do tend to find after the first few years annual mileage drops off a lot.)

If it feels tight it'll be worth more to you than anyone else, most likely.

The downside to keeping it is that it's likely the engine will need an overhaul before too much longer.....
Chains, tensioners, and guides. That's pretty much all it will need.

Tom H

Original Poster:

525 posts

150 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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So still got her and again thinking of selling. But not sure what to go for. Probably got a £5k budget but want something fun still. Suggestions welcomed.

bungle

1,774 posts

203 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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I've always liked these. Keep it. Looks great in your pics (wheels aren't black any more?).

For me, 5 door is better, more practical, looks better, but others may think differently.

CJ1

431 posts

41 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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Maybe worth contacting someone like Volkswizard. Always looking for VAG Cars.

http://www.volkswizard.co.uk/

Tom H

Original Poster:

525 posts

150 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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bungle said:
I've always liked these. Keep it. Looks great in your pics (wheels aren't black any more?).

For me, 5 door is better, more practical, looks better, but others may think differently.
Still got the powder coated black ones on, if I refrub will go back to silver (still got 3 originals)

thebraketester

10,781 posts

101 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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thebraketester said:
OP. Keep it. 100%
As above. :-)

Tom H

Original Poster:

525 posts

150 months

Tuesday 23rd February
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CJ1 said:
Maybe worth contacting someone like Volkswizard. Always looking for VAG Cars.

http://www.volkswizard.co.uk/
Thanks... will have a look into this.