2004 Volkswagen Golf R32
Chances are, if you are reading this you already know about the 2004 Golf R32. Also known as the Mark 4 R32 or Mk4 R32 or Mk IV R32 or some other version of the same thing. If you don't then the quick version is a hot hatch introduced right at the end of the Mark 4 Golf life. It features the 4MOTION all wheel drive system and VR6 engine.
Australia saw 200 of these imported. The guy I spoke with at Shannons Insurance told a story about one falling off the ship whilst being delivered. So that brings it down to 199. Unless that's an urban legend. I don't know. Obviously between 2004 and now there have been a few accidents so I'm unsure how many still exist.
This is one without the plate and number on the centre console. No idea why some did and some didn't have the plate. Based on the VIN, I've been told it's likely to be number 43.
These cars are known for their exhaust sound and front seats. If you have seen and heard one you will know what I mean. Definitely not an ordinary VW Golf. That said, whilst the body is a bit different, they are still understated for a sports car.
About me and the car
I bought the car in February 2018. I am based on the US and wanted to come home to do a road trip up the east coast. All my other visits back home were to visit family and friends in the major metropolitan areas. I wanted to see a bit more of Australia. Who wants to do that in a boring rental car? I thought about buying something fun instead.
The car was bought in Sydney and I headed out to Bathurst with a mate. Had never been to the Mount Panorama track. A lot of fun to finally see it and drive the car around. Albeit at the speed limit!
For various reasons I had to return to Melbourne. While waiting on my Vic Roads appointment I did a quick trip down the Great Ocean Road and stayed at Lorne for a couple of night. Not to play favourites, I also went down to Portsea and Sorrento for a night.
Finally the car had Victorian registration and I could start the trip north in early March 2018. Basically the idea was to follow the coastline. First night at Lakes Entrance.
The initial plan was to get maybe as far north as Port Douglas. Well aware this is a long way. By the time I made it to the Gold Coast I was ready for a break. Five weeks there followed by four weeks on the Sunshine Coast was a welcome change from the night or two in most locations.
That had me through until late June. I'm fortunate enough to have a great mate on the Sunshine Coast and he offered to look after the car for me. I headed back to the US to deal with a few things. The intention being to return early 2019 to finish the second half of the trip.
Fast forward to March 2019 and the second half of the trip is now complete. I returned to Australia and started part two in Mid-January 2019.
In part one I was dodging bushfires in southern NSW and had to stay a few extra days in one location. Part two saw me get stuck in Airlie Beach for an extra 10 days because the Bruce Highway was close a bit further north because of the floods around Townsville and the surrounding areas.
Once I started moving again I made it as far north as Cape Tribulation. It might be AWD, however, not 4WD in the sense of needing that to go further on the Bloomfield Track through the Daintree. Then it was back down to the Sunshine Coast where I have now put the car up for sale.
I've put up a few photos here and you can see more on Instagram along with my other road trips. Head over to @detourright. I have done a few trips in the US in even more inappropriate cars...