Review: Volkswagen Golf R32 (2005 – 2009)


Quick, surefooted and well equipped.

The Audi S3 is more satisfying to drive really quickly. Less efficient than the Golf GTI, Skoda Octavia vRS and SEAT Leon Cupra.

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21 January 2016

Report that VW's free or dealer contributed fix of the ATE Teves Mk 60 ABS/ESP module failure has ended in August 2015 because the cars were all then more than 6 years old. Fault discovered by VW dealer... Read more

6 March 2014

Mk V Golf R32 not immune to Golf Mk V rusted front wing problem. Well known problem of the rubber sound proofing mat rubbing the inside of the wing. A TSB was issued in 2009 telling dealers to cut back... Read more

27 October 2013

Both timing chains of 3.2 VR6 prone to stretching and jumping cogs, throwing out the timing. Due to the amount of dismantlung involved, replacing is a £3,000 job. Read more

Volkswagen Golf R32 (2005 – 2009): At A Glance

What does a Volkswagen Golf R32 (2005 – 2009) cost?

List Price from £20,955
Buy new from £18,800
Contract hire from £169.20 per month
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What do I do about the ESP failure on my 2005 Volkswagen Golf?

My 55 reg Volkswagen Golf has ESP failure. What am I best advised to do about it?
After the initial scandal when VW dealers were asking £1,800 - £2,000 to fix this on cars just out of the 3 year warranty, VW was eventually shamed into applying a fix developed by but stopped doing this FoC in August 2015. For a 55 reg, now more than 10 years old, best to get your VW specialist to send the module to ECU testing to get it fixed. Cost you a total of about £500.
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