Saturday, March 17, 2007

VW R32: Bootliner

My brother was surprised when I told him I didn't have any type of cargo liner for my R32. Well, now I do. :o)


When the 2004 Golf R32 was first released Volkswagen worldwide didn't offer a protective cargo mat for the hatch. Because of the Haldex the hatch is raised slightly compared to the Golf/GTI; any liners or mats designed for the Golf/GTI don't fit the R32.

In winter 2006 VW finally came out with a bootliner designed to fit the 2004 R32. Unfortunately, I read that it was just a piece of flimsy foam so I promptly forgot all about its existence until last week when I asked a local VW parts department about cargo liners. Anywhoo, I decided to order a bootliner—since it has to better than nothing—and this morning I picked it up. My verdict: this bootliner is an expensive piece of flimsy foam… but it has to be better than nothing.

Stock, part no. 1J6 863 463 P

Bootliner, part no. 1J0 061 161

To my surprise there was some assembly required. If you want access to two latches--which I do--you need to cut out a couple pieces of foam (locations indicated by red circles in the below photo). It was easy enough to do with a box cutter, but it certainly didn't make me feel any better about buying an expensive piece of flimsy foam.



2 comments:

  1. Foam? Like spongy material? Not rubber? Is it washable?

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  2. It's definitely foam, not rubber. Not as pliable as a sponge--folding it too much would probably make cracks, but it is a little squishy.

    I wouldn't want to use more than a damp cloth to clean it. It doesn't look/feel water resistant; it looks more for dirt and stuff rather than liquids.

    Hopefully VW will come out with something better in the future.

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