This R32 has been sold and is awaiting the new owner to register it

Chassis: MkV

Color: DBP

Interior: Leather

Edition number: 134

Purchased: 08/06/2007

Mileage: 27,242

Notes: sold to carmax :(

Mods: Hole-free grill
Disable DRLs
Window roll-up/down with remote
Enable halogens with high beams
Enable Rain-Closing
R32 Door Sills

Owned by: justin Perkins contributor

Location: Austin, TX

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October 22, 2008: Strut Bearings Replaced

It's been a while since I updated, but today the R had it's first real visit to the dealership. Sure I had the grill replaced quite a while ago, but that was a minor job that took an hour or so. I started noticing the infamous worn strut bearing sound when I turned the wheel at a slow speed, so took it in. They replaced both strut bearings, no more noises.

Also lightly detailed the car yesterday so it was all clean and shiny when I dropped it off at the shop.

Grabbed a couple paint touch-up pens as well, filled a few small chips on my driver and passenger door edging.

October 21, 2008: Removed V6 Plate, Added R32 Badge

Before I had even received my R32, I purchased an R32 badge with the intention of removing the V6 badge from the intake manifold and adding the R32 badge like the MkIV R32 has. Then once I got my R32 I realized that the V6 badge wasn't going anywhere, it was molded into the large plastic plate along with the VW logo. So I abandoned that idea.

Then I found out that on the MkIV there was no plastic plate at all (duh) and some MkV guys had removed the plate and either left it blank or added the R32 badge. So I gave that a try last night. Looks pretty good.

October 10, 2008: Installed Euro R32 Taillights

Finally got around to ordering some euro taillights. I've been wanting these for a long time but wasn't able to justify the $300 purchase until now.

Some people might think it's silly to spend that kind of money on darkened taillights, but I thin it's a big improvement on the looks of the rear end, plus the rear fog is nice too.

August 13, 2008: Removed EVOMS

I took my EVOMS intake off today. I'd been wanting to do this for a while and there seems to be a lot of demand right now for these intakes (because they're well made), so I couldn't think of a more perfect time to sell it.

I like OEM parts more than anything.

August 12, 2008: Mileage Check

Getting close to 20k, currently 16,700. Everything is great, just been keeping it clean. I've been slowly tweaking my washing process since I purchased this car a little over a year ago. Currently I wash the whole car as normal, then dry with MF towel while occasionally spraying with quick detailing wax to help avoid water spots. I used to let the water dry, then hit it with quick detailer, but I got a lot of water spots with that technique. To get rid of them, I mixed up some white vinegar 50/50 with distilled water and washed the whole car with this stuff. Amazing how the mixture cuts through water spots like butter. Now I'm super anal about keeping water spots off the car and am much happier with the overall look.

I stupidly let a few small bird shits sit on my paint for a few days, wrongly assuming that it wouldn't be a big deal since I just gave it a nice coating of wax. Boy was I wrong, that crap etched right into the clear coat. Oh well, time to invest in a good buffer/polisher anyway.

April 07, 2008: Washed & Detailed

I detailed the interior today, started by pulling the monster mats and vacuuming the heck out of it. Then clean all surfaces with Meguiars vinyl and leather cleaner. Then condition the seats and steering wheel with Meguiars leather conditioner.

Once this was done, gave it a wash. The pollen from the oak trees right now is going off. Park anywhere remotely close to an oak and you will surely get a fluorescent green powder (pollen) covering your car. How lovely.

March 19, 2008: Hole-Free Grill Installed!!!! Mileage: 12,400

Today I drove down to San Antonio (from Austin) to have my hole-free grill installed at Rod East Volkswagen. I cannot express how stoked I am that I finally have a hole-free grill. In the last 6 months I've probably talked to 6 different VWoA employees, 1 supervisor, two service managers at the dealerships in Austin (at least on 4 different occasions) and finally, the service manager at Rod East who said "sure, come on down and we'll install it".

Hey Charles Maund VW and Hewlett VW, you've got a lot to learn about customer satisfaction and retention.

March 12, 2008: Full Hand Wax with 3M, Mileage: 12,200

Today I applied a nice layer of 3M wax to the entire R32. It didn't take as long as I thought it would take and the result was astounding.

Ever since I bought a water filter setup for my hose, washing the car is so much easier. I don't bother drying anymore since the filtered water dries spot free.

January 30, 2008: EVOMS Intake Installed, Mileage: 10,700

Received and installed my EVOMS intake today. Well crafted, but a very tight fit. Haven't got to play with it yet because I'm getting ready for a vacation tomorrow.

January 06, 2008: 10k Service

Changed the oil today, at 10,002 miles, used Mobil 1 Turbo Diesel Truck oil, 5W-40. Rotated the tires, cleaned/waxed the wheels while they were off. Removed the front fender liners, cleaned out a bunch of excess leaves and washed the fender liners. It's weird that the rear fender liners are a fabric-type material, while the fronts are plastic.