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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#237 of 1617 Correction to: European vs US specs
Mar 16, 2001 (12:43 pm)
Sorry, but the spellchecker massacred my note. It should say:
I am currently posted in Germany and got a new VW GTI when I arrived in 1998. I love the car, but expect to have to sell it before I leave because it has European vs US specs. I'm holding out hope that it might be possible to drive the European spec car in the States. I'm told that while the import will not be very problematic, getting replacement parts will be because German cars have metric specs and US cars do not. Can anyone comment authoritatively on this? Should I really give up my hope of bringing my car with me when I come back to the States this May?
Mar 18, 2001 (12:09 pm)
I am located in the COLD North East and I am
not the first at my dealership to have the plastic
hinge on glove box to SNAP! The dealer believes the COLD weather causes the piston to become stiff
and thereby the glove box door carder to close and the hinge snaps. Luckily my 2000 GI still under warranty
#239 of 1617 What's The Deal For 2002?
Mar 19, 2001 (9:45 pm)
Howdy folks. New to these parts and I'm curious as to whether anyone's "heard" (rumor or otherwise) what changes may be in store for the GTI for 2002. Planning on shopping late summer/early fall. Thanks much!
#240 of 1617 2002 GTI
Mar 20, 2001 (8:50 am)
VWVortex.com has a report on the 2002s, and there lots of discussions on the changes for the 2002 GTIs ... 24V, 201 h.p., 6-speed, equipped closer to current GTI GLS than current GLX, GLX items available as options, lower MSRP, etc.
#241 of 1617 Thanks, Coop!
Mar 20, 2001 (11:55 am)
Hadn't been to vortex is awhile. That's exactly the kind of stuff I was looking for! Now, do I pick up a GLX (if I can find one) before all the "goodies" go away or wait for an '02 with all of the neat new stuff? Nice dilemma! Thanks again.....
#242 of 1617 2002 V6 GTI
Mar 20, 2001 (7:27 pm)
Also noted the 2002 model year changes on Vortex. Glad to see the Euro 24 valve finally making its way to the States, but sad that there will be no 4-motion. 201 hp is a lot for a front-driver to handle, especially given the relative sloppiness of the Golf platform, sports suspension or not. I suspect VW may be worried that Audi will lose TT sales.
May have to get over my ugly-phobia and go for the Subaru WRX. Shame they can't borrow some plastics from VW...
#243 of 1617 "Ugly-Phobia" Tough To Lose.....
Mar 21, 2001 (11:34 am)
Subes are definitely great cars. My wife's got a '99 Outback Limited Wagon and it's been flawless. Took it in today for a scheduled maintenance and the dealer happened to have a WRX that had just been delivered. Well, everything you've read is true, because it's an absolute blast to drive. BUT - and this is hard to believe - it's even more hidious looking in person! It looks exactly like a Neon on steriods that was drawn up by a 10-year-old who was given the "race car I want" assignment in Art class. I can only imagine that the "W" stands for "Wretched." It's a sin that they put all of that sweet machinery under such a beastly skin. I just wish Sube would hire some of VW's design team. There's no comparison! Unless that boy-racer look really floats your boat. Personally, I outgrew that when I graduated high school.....
#244 of 1617 More Ugli-phobia
Mar 22, 2001 (9:13 pm)
Loved your "10-year-old's race car" description garryc! There is something to be said, however, for "characterful" design, which is so lacking in most new cars today. And the WRX has a purposefulness that is a nice snub to the excesses of certain "ultimate (as in car payment) driving machines".
But those plastics are unforgiveable in this day and age.
#245 of 1617 Pricing on 2001 GTI...
Mar 28, 2001 (4:25 pm)
I would like to know what would be considered a good deal on a 2001 Volkswagen GTI VR6, fully loaded. I'd be looking to buy late this year, maybe early next year. Also, are VW dealers negotiable? I know, for instance, Saturn has that "No haggle" B.S. I currently have a 2000 Hyundai Elantra that I got for 10,900 after haggling the salesman down from 14,000. i was able to have him throw out the detail, destination and any other stupid fees in there. So I'm pushy and usually get my way on car prices No way Im pay MSRP.
However, I have driven the GTI with the VR6 and it is a lot of fun. The car also has potential to be hooked up. Im not a rice boy, so screw the civic and Integra, prelude, celica, etc. Too many of those out there. However, not enough GTI's on the road...well, at least here in Jersey. So any pricing input would be great.
Also, how are VW dealers....anyone have any good/bad experiences to report? Also, any good VW dealers in NJ that anyone would recommend? Thanks a lot!!!