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Jul 12, 1998 (7:44 pm)
well here it is folks. but this time its an
english site. Go to volkswagen.co.uk to learn
about the all new 1999 VW Gulf. damn i want one!!
now only if i could find out when they arrive
#2 of 18 Engines and More Engines
Jul 14, 1998 (3:55 am)
Check out the list of engines for the UK, it's huge:
1.8 Audi (5V) 125 hp
1.8 Audi Turbo 150 hp
2.0 VW (8V) 115 hp
2.0 VW (16V) 150 hp
2.3 VW (VR5?!) 150 hp
(This one is derived from the 2.8 VR6, and will probably stay as a six in the US market)
Plus a couple of micro-motors for the Tax-Hungry EU (1.4, 1.6 good engines, too, all 16 Valve DOHC. 1.4 is all aluminum)
This looks like a lot more choices than I would have predicted 6 months ago. I've got my eye on the new 2-door Jetta, it's pretty sweet looking, even if it isn't a hatch. Maybe Carlady and I will revert to a 1-hatch family. Lemme see, last time I had a FOX and she had a GOLF, hmmmh...
#3 of 18 Golf engine choices
Jul 14, 1998 (1:22 pm)
According to what I read on the vwvortex web page, 1999 Golfs in North America will be sold with a 2.0 L, 115 HP gas engine or the 1.9 L TDI. The GTI will also have the 2.0 L 4 cyl gas engine and a 2.8 L VR6 engine making 172 HP. I think they said they will put them on sale beginning in calendar year 1999. Let's see what REALLY happens. VW = varies widely. Now, if I could only get my wife to drive a stick...
Aug 03, 1998 (3:10 am)
Like several people who are currently thinking of buying a VW Golf, I am also considering waiting for the 1999 model. Has anyone heard if the price of the new Golf would be considerably higher than the current model's? According to the vwvortex.com website, the 1999 Golf would have standard ABS. Also, does anyone have an opinion about the redesigned headlights? Personally, I like the current version better, although my husband says otherwise.
#5 of 18 GuyP
Aug 13, 1998 (1:17 am)
Does anyone know when the Golf 4 and the Jetta 4 are coming out in the U.S.?
The Golf 4 has really become Audi-ized. I think the current Golf 3 will the last true VW Golf.
The Jetta 4 is looking really NICE from the spy pics I've seen. Can't wait for it!
#6 of 18 Bahman
Sep 17, 1998 (11:19 pm)
I'm looking to pick up a GTI in eastern Ontario. Can anyone update me on how a gti performs in heavy snow (or even light snow, we get that sometimes). What about the tires?
#7 of 18 SWC
Sep 23, 1998 (3:47 pm)
Like many Front WD cars, the GTI does just fine in heavy snow, depending on the tires. The stock all seasons are great for poor weather conditions, but they don't allow this car to deliver its full handling potential on dry pavement. With the VR6 you get traction control, which makes winter driving a breeze. Ground clearance is adequate on both models, so you won't find yourself plowing snow with your spoiler! Unless you're used to an SUV, the GTI will leave you with no buyer's remorse in the dead of winter!
Sep 28, 1998 (12:41 am)
What do you think of the Jetta (Bora) coupe. I'm drooling....and hoping!
I have heard a lot of talk about the handling on the Mark IVs being "disconnected" from the road. This is a very bad thing for me. I guess I understand VW trying to take the Golf/Jetta up-market. This has been an ongoing effort since day one. But I wish they would bring out a smaller, cruder(?) car that could be fashioned into a go-kart. My VW Fox was like that, small and light with suspension pieces from the Audi 4000. FUN, FUN, FUN to drive.
OBTW, I was VERY disappointed in the coverage by European Car in the lates issue Re. the Mark IV. A very lightweight article, I expected more from them.
#10 of 18 SWC
Oct 08, 1998 (9:54 pm)
I just read in Autoweek that the new Jetta is due to arrive in November. The Golf will arrive about three weeks after the Jetta. Finally!!!