I'm NA but very much not stock at all
Personally, I don't care if she's not the fastest. This is the best car I've ever driven. I actually think that it is the perfect balance of speed and handling. I love every minute in it!
Back to the post;
Buying NGKs at Advance Auto Parts, the guy finds my car in his computer, looks at the price and says "wow! what is it? some kinda Lamborghini?" haha
The parts guy at the Clarkesville dealer had no idea what an R32 is when I called looking for ignition coils.
At the recycling depot I had an older (60s+) gentleman step out of his beige Camry and ask me, "They'll insure an R32 here in Nashville?" So, he had some idea of it as an uncommon car, but seemed to think it was on a par with bonafide exotics.
I just smiled and replied, "Yeah, as far as insurance and LEOs are concerned it's just a Golf. I don't mind that one bit."
Another time I had a guy in an F150 come up to me in a parking lot after I had passed him on the road and ask what I had done to the engine or if it always sounded that good.
The best was the lat 30s soccer mom (and MILF) with 6-year old in tow who was ogling my car as I came out of the supermarket. She said it made her miss her GTI that she had given up when she had her first kid.
I once explained what the R32 is to a curious guy in a parking lot by calling it the "body and interior, though a little nicer, of a fourth-generation Golf with the drivetrain and suspension of an AWD VR6 Audi TT."
He actually said to me "Buddy, I used to work for Volkswagen and I know they never made anything like that. But you get credit for doing this cool conversion yourself" (I have no R32 badges front or rear... not that they would have meant anything to this guy I guess). I asked him why the different bumpers, etc, then. He said he knew that anyone can buy just about any funky body mods for just about any car. I just said "True." So I showed him the R32 trim piece inside the door sill, and he scoffed a little and said "So? You could've made those too, for all I know." Dunno why he was so insistent. Dunno why he had nothing to say when I said "Why would I make this up?"
Finally I was like "What did you do for Volkswagen?" and he told me he'd been in finance. Still seems rather unlikely that he could be that clueless.
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I just had to do smog recently and the tech wanted to put my car on the roller. He swore it was a fwd Golf before I pointed out "R32" in his book for him. Upon telling him it was awd, he corrected me with "You mean fwd with traction control, right?" Really? I know it's CA and people pull all kinds of tricks to try and get around smog, but your boss drives a crazy Evo to work every day...
Also proves my old theory of de-badging wrong. First car I ever bought new was an '86 Honda CRX Si. Took all the badges off of that (found that Honda affixed some of them with pins though... thus I had some holes here and there to contend with immediately, which, at that age, of course I did). So I had my wee black Honda pod with no H on the front, no other H or CIVIC or CRX on the back, no red Si thing down low on the back. My GF at the time (along with some others) gave me noise about this. "Don't you want anyone to know what kind of car it is?" I always said "No, it just looks a lot cleaner this way. Plus I'm sure that anyone who really cares already knows what it is." Guess I'm wrong about that.
But of course any car looks better without this stuff. So the GTI was removed from the back of the old GTI, and of course the R32 came of the front and rear of the R.
well,ok. i admit i'm wrong about this.
being that this is the MkIV R32 forum,i just meant that all VR6 oil filters that we would be *immediately concerned* with are for most part identical.i knew there would be some application(s) that would not be the same~as in earlier MKIII and MKIV VR's.
I my R32
it's the best VW evar!
Mind-Blowing List of Mods: Dark Charcoal tinted front side markers & blinkers.Dunlop HP A/S tires on stock Aristos w/ VW Racing center caps.Powerflex+Koni FSD shocks w/ OEM US R32 springs.EBC Redstuff pads.Gloss Black painted stock front grille & mirror caps.
Was heading to The Home Depot back in 2004 and I passed few cars and cut into the turn lane. As I am walking down one of the isles in the store, a guys asks me if that was me in that blue VW. I said, yes why did I cut you off, if I did I'm sorry. He said no and wanted to know what mods I did to get a VW to sound like that. I told him the car was stock (still had the flapper and everything). He didn't believe and and kept asking what I had done to the exhaust. I briefly explained what the car was. He mentioned he raced muscle cars and said he couldn't believe an 'import' can sound that like stock.
On a different note, the R logo off the front was stolen off the front of my car (before my R32 was de-badged and shaved) and I was at a VW show at a VW dealership in Daytona, FL back in 2006 . So at the show I went up to the parts counter to ask if maybe they had the part in stock. The parts guy tells me sorry this is a VW parts dept, not a Mazda parts dept. I shook my head in disbelief and said oh, ok thanks, and walked away.
Wow some of these stories of people at VW dealers not knowing the car is crazy. When I take my car in they treat me like royalty. Make sure the work is done fast, clean it well, and park it right in front instead of the side of the building like the rest of the cars.
"A turbo: exhaust gasses go into the turbocharger and spin it, witchcraft happens and you go faster." -Jeremy Clarkson
I've had good and bad experiences at Dealership X, good and bad at Dealership Y. It's weird. One service-writer person at one place knows what a MkIV R32 is, a service-writer person at another has never heard of it. And still, this seems to have no bearing on whether or not I've had a "good" trip there. My last visit to a dealer service dept was for coil-pack recall. Of course you must go to a dealer for that. The guy I dealt with was way knowledgable. And this, at a place where a sales dude once said to me, a while later, "I wouldn't bring my car here for service, though."
I think it's got a lot to do with there being a pretty low common denominator of knowledge, experience, and training at a dealership. I mean they like to promote from within, etc, so there will likely always be some folks there who are "learning" more than others are? Or is this obvious.
That's why we prefer the independent places like NGP and AWE (I'm pretty much right between them). Because some people tend to "graduate" from dealerships and go there. Or is this obvious, too?