Score A Deal On This VW Golf R That Has Absolutely Nothing Wrong* With It (Cough, Cough)

The 2019 Volkswagen Golf R starts at a whopping $40,395 before you add options or the $895 destination fee. As a result, the model is only a few thousand dollars less than the more powerful Audi S3 which can run from 0-60 mph (0-96 km/h) in just 4.6 seconds.

While some might balk at the Golf R’s base price, Redditers recently noticed one example on eBay with a buy it now price of $22,500 (£17,125 / €19,651). That seems like a remarkable deal and the pictures suggest the hot hatch is in pristine condition. This isn’t too surprising as the listing says the car only has 12,753 miles (20,523 km) on it which isn’t bad for a 2016 model.

Of course, pictures don’t tell the whole story nor do all-cap proclamations such as “no issues whatsoever” and “absolutely nothing wrong with this R.” Below the bold claims are the revelation that this particular car has a rebuilt title due to an insurance flood claim. The listing doesn’t go into detail, but says the engine was hydrolocked even though water didn’t get into the cabin.

That’s a pretty big red flag, but the listing says the car has since been equipped with an all-new engine and recently traveled 5,000 miles (8,046 km) without issue. That requires a pretty big leap of faith from would-be buyers, but the savings are significant.  Other 2016 models costs thousands more and have significantly higher mileage.

Regardless, the car sounds like a pricey gamble without a closer inspection. Speaking of the latter, AAA says buyers can spot flood damage by looking for unusual corrosion underneath the vehicle and by closely examining small spaces and crevices that are difficult to clean. If these areas show signs of mud or debris, it might be worth reconsidering your purchase.

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  • Christian

    Guys… The title is ironic… Their IS SOMETHING Wrong with it… Just let you know


  • kachuks

    Copart is now filled with similar listings after Harvey.

    • Mr. EP9

      No surprise there. Buyer beware.

  • Pat won

    they invested a lot more into this car than the selling price!! lol.

  • Robert Ostrowski

    Nothing wrong with it…..runs great….just like new… problems….said every shady used car salesman ever.

  • Mike Sinyaboot ©

    It is really odd that the seller did not include any pictures under the hood. The replacement engine was invoiced on 2/20/17 so it would seem this R has been in working order for a while. However, seeing as the car had catastrophic damage from being flooded, it would be extremely stupid to by this thing for any more than the cost of the replacement engine itself.

  • DGC

    Buyer beware!

    On a side note: A lot of articles say the Audi S3 is a few thousand dollars more then the Golf R… By the time you build the S3 with the same standard equipment (Navigation, Adaptive Cruise Control, ETC) that a few thousand on base becomes 13k more… Plus the R is available with a manual transmission. There is nothing quite like the 2018 Golf R…

  • Henry Exhaust

    I think the writer is mistaking the S3 for the RS3. The RS3 has the 5 Cyl 2.5l TTRS engine.

    • OdysseyTag

      Thought the same thing.

    • dumblikeyou2

      Yeah, that’s a concern. I thought an automotive “journalist”/enthusiast would know this information without having to research.

  • dumblikeyou2

    They’ll sell it no probs. An 18 yr old that hasn’t experienced buyer’s remorse or wasting money will look right past the issues.

  • William Decoteau

    You have to watch out on AutoTrader for stuff like this as well. I’ve found listing on the other side of the country that turned out to be Harvey rebuilds.

  • tbonesteak33

    I would buy it as a project car. Nothing to keep stock since the title is messed up, may as well experiment with it and mod it to the hills. I’ve always wanted to put together an offroader based on the Golf R (like a homegrown rally special). This would make for an interesting candidate.

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