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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#844 of 1617 More 1.8t woes?
May 10, 2003 (5:26 am)
nkeen wrote on Feb 28, 2003:
Interesting to read about the torn oil pans. Don't know if it relates, but the VW has very weak underbody protection at the front end -- flexible plastic panels that are easily torn off and damaged --
I had the same thing happen in early April ('01 GTI 1.8T with 48K miles). The plastic splash guard cracked into two pieces from hitting the refrozen snowbank at the end of my driveway. It made a very unhappy scraping noise for 30 yards until I pulled over and removed it. My dealer replaced it for $45.00 a few days later when I had it in for a routine oil change.
My VW has been completely trouble-free. The dealer replaced an oil line to the turbo and a temperature sensor under warranty at 20,000 miles. I hadn't noticed a problem with either failure. The dealer does 100% of the service on the car and their rates are reasonable. I bought the VW 100K mile premium extended warranty and it's starting to look like I won't make my money back on the extended warranty for the first time in my life.
I'm not happy about the window regulator and coil pack service letters that say VW will fix them gratis if they break. I'd prefer that they just fix the durn'd things. Other'n that, I'm totally happy. I paid sub-$20K for the car including the warranty and it's a superb commuter car that actually has a little bit of soul to it. Shod with Nokian Hakka Q snow tires in the winter, it's a better snow & ice performer than my SUV.
#845 of 1617 how much will fit?
May 20, 2003 (3:04 pm)
Hey guys Im looking into a GTI 1.8T.
How much cargo can fit in here? I need to be able to fit a 4 piece drumset plus some hardware in there. You guys or girls think it will work? Anyone have experience?
#846 of 1617 drumset?
May 21, 2003 (6:50 am)
You can fit a lot of stuff in a gti with the rear seats folded down. It gives you a nice square area without the sloping back window that some hatches have. If it's a regular 4-piece rock set, say a bass, snare, and two small toms, I doubt you'd have a problem. However the space isn't all that big if you also need to fit people in the back seats. If that's your main criteria you could always bring your set to the dealer and make sure it fits!
Motortrend did a thing last year comparing the matrix, wrx wagon, and protege5 and their test for space was a set of band equipment - 3 drums, cymbals, guitars and a keyboard. It didn't include the GTI but you can compare volume specs from it:
#847 of 1617 GTI Cargo Space
May 21, 2003 (7:52 am)
It's amazing what you can fit in the back of a GTI. For maximum cargo volume and a totally flat load floor you can easily remove the rear seat bottoms which allows the rear seat back to lay flat. The seat bottoms flip forward but I'm tall and need the front legroom so I just unclip and remove the rear seat bottoms, takes all of a minute - (you have to remove the rear headrests too). My rear seat is out more than it's been in since I've had my GTI. My friends call it my mini minivan.
May 21, 2003 (2:13 pm)
thanks guy this seems helpful.
#849 of 1617 Will it last?
May 27, 2003 (10:17 am)
I've read enough about VW problems on this site to have cause for, at least, concern about the aging process of our 2001 GTI VR6. The car has been fine so far, with 43K happy miles on it. The other day a plastic fastener on the glove box broke, but the engine/transmission have been fine. Is this a car that will begin to nickel and dime us to death? We just traded our 99 A6 Avant for an Infiniti FX35 due to lots of bad press about Audi (and a $1500 repair which was pending). I'd like to think that the Golf-based GTI, so common in Europe, would be a reliable older car. Anyone with 60k or more on their GTI who might provide insight? Thanks
#850 of 1617 gazelle2
May 29, 2003 (6:01 am)
My 2000 GTI GLX has about 50,000 miles on it. So far, I've replaced the rear shock top mounts and rear struts twice (and the shock top mounts will need to be replaced again soon). I've also replaced the rear brakes, starter, coil pack, spark plugs, plug wires, and center console lid locking device. I think the throttle body shift rod needs to be replaced as well. The front struts are getting soft so I may replace those as well. It sounds as though you've had better luck than I have.
I kept my previous car, an '87 Acura Integra, for 13 years and sold it at 135,000 miles. I have a hard time believing that I'll keep the GTI that long. YMMV.
#851 of 1617 Higher mileage GTI's
May 30, 2003 (1:50 pm)
I've seen a couple 2.0 Golfs with over 100k miles and the owners weren't about to trade them in.
The highest mileage GTI I know of is about 80,000 on a 2000 1.8t that has been reliable - Brakes, shocks, struts, plug wires, plugs are all maintenance items and don't reflect poorly on a car's reliability IMO - that stuff will wear out on any car.
two sets of shocks in 50k miles tells me you like to load up your GTI.
I plan to keep my GTI past the 100k mark.
#852 of 1617 rickrover
Jun 03, 2003 (5:58 am)
Rear brakes shouldn't wear out before the fronts, and shouldn't go at 30k miles. The rear struts should not have to be replaced twice in 30,000 miles. The shock top mounts should never have to be replaced, let alone replaced twice in 30,000 miles. The plug wires and coil pack shouldn't have to be replaced at 30,000 miles. The starter motor shouldn't fail by 40,000 miles.
#853 of 1617 Rear brakes...
Jun 03, 2003 (6:44 am)
On VWs, the rear brakes wear before the fronts. It is a different brake compound that is used to stop squeeling. I got about 25k out of my rear brakes.
How the struts are being replaced so often, I don't know. A strut is a strut - something is causing it to blow. Your strut bushing was replaced twice, you must have VERY bad roads or you are very hard on your car.
Coil packs and starter motors....yeah, that sucks.