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Might be going to view a 55 plate mk5 r32 on Saturday and wondered if theres any things I should look out for apart from the obvious? I'm new to Volkswagen, always been a vauxhall lad and have owned a 300 bhp astra vxr and gsi therefore I'm not totally hopeless when it comes to cars! The cars in question has done 47,000 and has the dsg gearbox. Any help would be much appreciated!

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youll notice big diff from the vxr/gsi, I sold my 340bhp mk4 gsi to get my r, not as fast but soo much better car in every other area, I cant comment to much as ive a mk4 but make sure its got good history, including haldex services etc. heard a few horror stories about the dsg box and after 2005/2006 (cant remember anymore lol) road tax is £500 a year. sure the mk5 boys will jump on with more info
 

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55 reg will be in the lower tax band k* like mine so around £280 a year. Read the buyers guide very informative. Great cars I love mine, big thing on the DSG make sure it has been service as that should have been done at 40k, it's expensive so would save you a pretty penny!!
 

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I got rid of my 340bhp Arden blue Vxr for my mk4 r...
Worlds apart!! Astra was a hedge hunter! Fast in a straight line, but you couldn't keep it In one!!
The r.... 6 year older but you can feel the quality, and it may be down in power but you can use all of the 250 bhp!!
I love my golf, does everything it's ment to, very assured handling when you push it and nice on a gt style cruise,
the Vxr is all traffic light Grand Prix....
 

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Pay attention to the gearbox on the test drive. They are generally really good but when driving make sure there are no knocks, bangs or clunks between fear changes. Check when setting off it doesn't hesitate and clunk into gear or lurch/ stutter. It's the smoothest auto/manual box you will drive so as long as your switched on you will notice anything out of the ordinary.

Check the service history to see if its had the haldex and dsg service on time. The engines are chain driven so not much worries there but again listen out for noisy tensioners.

Overall they are sound cars though, I loved my mk5 when I had it and I would definitely have another if it came to it.

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The following shpuld have been done at 40k miles in addition to normal servicing;

Plugs changed
DSG Oil and filter
Haldex Oil and filter
Also, brake fluid should be changed every 2 years so check when that was last done.

If it's the first time you have driven a DSG R32, the throttle can be a bit sensitive but it should change up and down the gears smoothly with no clunks.

Check inner shoulders of front tyres for wear. (check on full lock)
Check LED high level brake light works.
Check front wings for rust (common problem fixed by VW under 12 year bodywork warranty)
 

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Cheers for your time and help lads! At least I've got a few questions lined up now!
 

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I got rid of my 340bhp Arden blue Vxr for my mk4 r...
Worlds apart!! Astra was a hedge hunter! Fast in a straight line, but you couldn't keep it In one!!
The r.... 6 year older but you can feel the quality, and it may be down in power but you can use all of the 250 bhp!!
I love my golf, does everything it's ment to, very assured handling when you push it and nice on a gt style cruise,
the Vxr is all traffic light Grand Prix....
Haha yeah you have got to fight them at times! Especially at 300+bhp
 

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The following shpuld have been done at 40k miles in addition to normal servicing;

Plugs changed
DSG Oil and filter
Haldex Oil and filter
Also, brake fluid should be changed every 2 years so check when that was last done.

If it's the first time you have driven a DSG R32, the throttle can be a bit sensitive but it should change up and down the gears smoothly with no clunks.

Check inner shoulders of front tyres for wear. (check on full lock)
Check LED high level brake light works.
Check front wings for rust (common problem fixed by VW under 12 year bodywork warranty)
In the service book of the car I may be viewing its say they done a 40k major at 21000 miles and a minor at 40k where they changed oil and brake fluid but not spark plugs? Is that right?
 

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In the service book of the car I may be viewing its say they done a 40k major at 21000 miles and a minor at 40k where they changed oil and brake fluid but not spark plugs? Is that right?
It depends at what age it was when it was at 21k miles and 40k miles. If the car does less than 10k miles a year then things are changed based on time and the time since they were last changed.

If you do a search on my threads I recently listed what should be done when based on mileage and time.
 
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That explains it, it won't need plugs until it's 8 years old or at 61k miles whichever comes first.

Brake fluid is every 2 years.
 

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I just got my dsg r32 a month ago after getting rid of my Vxr
Love it compares to the Vx. better qaulity, comfort, handling, far better driving car compared the the Vxr
One thing I would say look out for is the marbles in the glass when the r is idling as I never knew bout this when I went to look at mine and unfortunately just got it back from the garage after fitting a new clutch and flywheel
 

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I just got my dsg r32 a month ago after getting rid of my Vxr
Love it compares to the Vx. better qaulity, comfort, handling, far better driving car compared the the Vxr
One thing I would say look out for is the marbles in the glass when the r is idling as I never knew bout this when I went to look at mine and unfortunately just got it back from the garage after fitting a new clutch and flywheel
Marbles in the glass?!
 
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