I bought the R32 back in Feb 2004. It was one the first few R32 in the state. I ordered SHS coilovers and VW HID headlight even before I took delivery of the car. After driving the car a little bit, I decided to get force-induction. It had good power stock, but more is always better. The only sensible option at the time is VF Eng supercharger, and that’s what I went with initially. I had the supercharger system for a little while, but I never like it. The ECU tuning wasn’t working very well, and the power wasn’t there when I need it. In the summer of 2006, I was talking to HPA about their short-runner intake manifold. I wanted to try that on the supercharger system. One thing led to another, when I was done talking to them, I bought a whole bunch of stuff from HPA: FT450 kit, lengthened gear set, comp intercoolers, clutch, haldex controller,.. I have to admit: I’m obsessed to hardware. Modding car was my hobby, and I started to collect and install hardware for this car.
When the car was stock and I went to one driving school. I was hooked and humiliated. I wanted to go back for more, so I built up the car for that. But it turns out I never got around to do it again. Fortunately, the car is a pure joy on the street. I don’t drive the car recklessly, but I enjoy winning 40-100 races in “close circuit”. You have to see the face of drivers of some high priced sport car when they lost. In fact, there are not too many cars on the road that can match its power, handling and stealth. I thought I marry to this car for life.
Well, my other marriage, and the real world situation have something to say about it. My three kids are much bigger now. Starting this summer, I have to drive them around every day. It is pretty hard for grown kids to climb in and out the back seats. And my wife doesn’t like R32 since day 1 (she doesn’t drive manual). So when a few things were expired or need to be renewed (insurance, …) last month, we decided to get a new car, a sedan, and it is time to say good bye to my beloved R32.