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I have completed my road trip and am now putting the car up for sale. I bought it in February 2018 with the specific intention to drive from Melbourne to Far North Queensland. I wanted to follow the coast line as much as possible.
I split it into two trips. The first running from March to June 2018 and the second from January 2019 to March 2019. In the interim it was securely stored at a mate’s garage.
I bought the car with approximately 135000km and it is now showing just about 150000km. As I continue to use the car, this will go up a bit.
I have service records going back to February 2015 and one random one from 2009.
A few points about the car then I will list a bunch of highlights and some lowlights. As said, I bought the car for the purpose of a road trip. I am based in the US and wanted to spend some time back in Australia. I only ever intended to keep it about 12 months. A few reasons why I kept the car after first putting it up for sale in March 2019. I continue to travel and seems a waste to keep it if someone else would like to feel the buzz from driving a Mark 4 R32. Cars need to be driven. Check out Detour Right to see that I drive my cars!
As is the case with reasonably rare cars, there weren’t a lot for sale when I was looking. Luckily this one came up and fitted my needs perfectly. Reasonably low kilometres and not a garage queen. It has a few marks here and there from enjoyment. See more below. It had service records and to the best of my knowledge had not been mechanically modified.
This is a car for someone who wants a reasonably low kilometre car without paying the premium for a weekend only driver. It is for someone who wants to drive it and not worry about the effect on the value. Alternatively it is one where you can get it for less than a garage queen and spend a bit more over time to bring it up to your personal specification. Just don’t take 3 years like I am with one of my cars in the US!
The only issue I had on the trip was on about the third day. It was around 38 degrees and very windy. On a great winding road the fusebox on top of the battery melted. Further inspection and poking around the internet showed this to be a common problem. The cable from the alternator to the fusebox was silver rather than copper. Apparently this happens over time and more so with things like aftermarket audio. This car has an aftermarket head unit and a roof mounted television. More about the latter, further down. The cable/harness and fusebox etc were all replaced and everything has been fine since.
At the end of the trip the alternator decided it had enough and was replaced with a new one. The cost wasn’t pleasant. I was just happy I made it back home and then to the mechanic before the battery died.
Everything is easily fixable and just a case of some time and perhaps some money if you can’t do things yourself. Fix the marks in the paint, the small ding in front of the left rear wheel, chips in the powdercoated wheels and the headliner. The latter being a common issue of which there are people who can refer you to the best places.
This car doesn’t have the numbered plaque or keyring or other goodies. Numerous stories about why some do and some don’t. Suffice to say, based on the VIN I’ve been told this is likely to be number 43 of 200.
I have just had it professionally detailed inside and out.
- Low kilometres for age.
- I am not aware of any mechanical modifications.
- Leather in good condition with no rips. Some wear on the bolsters as to be expected.
- Service records going back a number of years.
- Alternator and water pump/heater tap replaced at 147538km. A $1653 cost.
- Clutch replaced at 134889km. A $2144 cost.
- Tyres still have life left in them.
- Legal tint as I had to replace the illegal tint when transferring ownership.
- Carpets in good condition, except for the driver’s side floor mat.
- No warning lights etc.
- Aftermarket head unit with bluetooth. I also have the original units to go with the sale.
- Manuals and instructions in original binder.
- Car is owned outright by me so no messing around with finance companies and payouts etc.
The Not So Good
- The headliner didn’t like the northern Queensland hot weather and is starting to sag.
- Right C pillar fabric also coming off from the backing.
- Small ding just in front of the left rear wheel.
- Marks along the left side protection strip and near door handle.
- Marks on the left corner of front bumper. Left headlight also replaced and not sure if this was the same time. Car was previously an inner Sydney car and looks like a parking scrape.
- Small amount of paint flaking on bumper underneath the front VW badge.
- Roof mounted television with remote control. I have never even opened it, let alone used it. Previous owner said when the windscreen was replaced (August 2015) the aerial was removed. If I was keeping the car I would just remove and get the headliner sagging fixed at the same time.
- A few chips in the black powder coated wheels.
There are a few things stored at a mate’s home that will be included in the sale. I didn’t have room for them on the road trip.
- Original three rear headrests.
- Original head units.
- Indoor car cover.
- Spare VW badge for the rear.
The car is registered in Victoria. It is currently located on the Gold Coast, Queensland. Happy to work with people to get a look at the car and make things as easy as possible.
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