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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#445 of 1617 wait for new gti
Feb 11, 2002 (12:36 pm)
I have a 2000 GTI VR6 that I have been very happy with, but I would wait on buying a GTI until the new models start hitting the showroom midyear. The GTI VR6 will get the revamped VR6 that's those lucky dogs in Europe have had for some time. Plus, the GTI will get the new 6 speed manual, which I read is MUCH better than that friggin' tractor tranny in the current GTI.
The suspension will also be tighter and VW will offer the new GTI VR6 without all the fancy (heavy and expensive) equipment.
I have also read that we will get the 25th Anniversary GTI here probably in 2003. It will have the 1.8T at 180 horses, tight suspension 18" wheels, 6 speed, etc. THAT's worth waiting for.
#446 of 1617 rwr1708.... more stuff
Feb 12, 2002 (9:22 am)
A decently equippend GTI 1.8T (manual) will run you about $21,000 (MSRP).
If you don't care much for performance and don't mind 4 doors, consider the Golf into the equation also. (I'm waiting for my 2002 Golf GLS TDI right now)
Feb 12, 2002 (5:57 pm)
I couldn't be happier with my 2002 GTI 1.8t with luxury and 17" wheel package. 5,000 totally satisfied miles so far - can't recommend it highly enough.
#448 of 1617 25th anniv. GTI = Drivers Edition GTI
Feb 12, 2002 (6:29 pm)
And it should be here 2nd quarter of this year. 18" BBS RCs, TT brakes f/r, ESP, M350 (6 speed tranny), and some other little things I don't quite remember.
#449 of 1617 25th Anniv. GTI?
Feb 13, 2002 (3:45 am)
Where did you hear that this car will be here in the 2nd quarter of 2002? The article I read indicated that it was in doubt as to when (or if) VW would sell it in the USA, since it is really a 25th anniversary for the German edition.
#451 of 1617 25th Anniv. GTI
Feb 13, 2002 (9:03 am)
Hmmmm. That is the site that had the story I read. Is there someplace else on the site ('News', etc.?) where they formally announce it?
Quote from the full article:
"Great! you're saying, when can we buy it? Well now that we have told you the good news, we have some bad to go with it: the 25th Anniversary GTI is not going to be sold here in North America. . . . Our educated guess is that there is a very good possibility that we will see this model here, maybe even in a couple of variations and sooner than you think (hey, have we lied to you yet?)."
Sounds promising, but it doesn't say anything about 2nd quarter 2002. What am I missing?
Feb 13, 2002 (10:47 am)
I just purchased a 2002 GTI 1.8T (Indigo Blue, beige leather, 17" wheel pkg, luxury pkg) and am enjoying the car. This is my first VW (or European car for that matter) so I'm getting adjusted to some of the nuances.
I do have a couple of questions for current GTI owners about the car:
1) I only have about 600 miles on the car, but am noticing a low pop sound when making sharp turns especially at low speeds (backing out of a parking spot). The wheel is not fully to the lock, but it sounds like the steering/suspension making a sound. Is this normal and has anyone else experienced it?
2) There is a annoying rattle/squeak from the passenger side front seat. Any comments on what it might be and how to stop it?
Feb 13, 2002 (12:10 pm)
According to Car and Driver, the GTI 25th Edition has a good possibility of coming to US. VW is gauging demand for the upgrades right now. So, if you are interested in this model, I recommend writing VW and expressing your desire to see it here. I personally would love to see the package offered as a Sport option, but without the 18" wheels. I don't have a need for 18" wheels and definitely don't want to spend the big bucks for replacement tires either.
Feb 13, 2002 (2:44 pm)
Thanks for the info. I guess we'll wait and see when it gets here. I've only just started looking at the GTI and the 25th Anniversary edition looks pretty cool, but I really had an ulterior motive. I was hoping that if they bring this car to the U.S. market this Summer, that it might tend to reduce the demand for the regular 1.8T, and allow me to cut a better deal. I haven't owned anything remotely sporty (mostly compact pickups), so I'm pretty sure I could be happy with the stock 1.8T. We'll see how the test drive goes.