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You are in the Volkswagen GTI
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Volkswagen GTI, Coupe, Hatchback
#916 of 1617 vr6 and luxury
Aug 14, 2004 (3:26 am)
I bought one of the first mk4 gti's, as in there are two different cars called 1999 GTI VR6 and I got the later one. There was no 1.8T at the time, although I more recently bought a subaru wrx and I must say I hate turbolag, I'm much happier with my bigger vr6 though I haven't driven a 1.8t.
the engine is a great engine so far as I can tell I've got 54K on my gti and not a hiccup of any kind.
There are a surprising number of stupid things wrong with it, but nothing critical to performance of the car (the rear wiper doesn't work right, the gas gauge sits at empty 80% of the time then wakes up at random, things like that)
But I must take exception to your comment that all the luxury toys are good.
When I bought the vr6, it was all or nothing, you couldn't get a vr6 without the moon roof, electric tint mirror, heater mirrors, climatronic, rain sensing wipers and all that.
I must say the rain sensing wipers far exceeded my expectations and I'm very happy to have this gadget.
But hell hath no fury like the anger I exhibit when I want to get air to blow out of the climate control system. Sadly, it is not broken, it is just badly designed, you can't make it do what you want. at 76 degrees it automatically turns on recicrulate, whether you want it to or not, and if it's cold inside and you want to blow cool air, forget it, impossible. it's either "LO" or hot air.
I can't imagine the quality control or design test people at VW that let this pathetic monstrosity of progress exist.
Oh, and one other thing, while I'm whining... the drive by wire stuff (unless they've improved it a LOT) has to go. give me a cable to the intake any day.
Try stepping on the gas and brake at the same time and watch what happens. But overall, it's still a VW and lots of fun to drive. kicks my WRX's ass in that regard, though it's nowhere near as fast.
#917 of 1617 cross-country drive
Aug 17, 2004 (7:04 pm)
I'm planning to drive from California to Florida in September. I have a 2002 GTI, 1.8 turbo, stick shift.
Besides getting it serviced and oil change, etc.
anything else I should do during the drive, besides put in gas?
Anyone every drive cross country on their GTI?
will it be hard on the car?
Aug 19, 2004 (11:48 am)
doesn't anybody read these posts?
or am in in the wrong place?
#919 of 1617 Re: hello?? [teresita]
Aug 19, 2004 (3:59 pm)
People read, sometimes it just takes a bit longer for people to answer in certain areas than others.
#920 of 1617 Re: hello?? [teresita]
Aug 22, 2004 (4:37 pm)
Don't know if this is of much help, but I put about 1600 miles driving around in the Southwest on my '92 16V when it was new. After that I drove over 70 miles to work and back for 2 years - both without problems.
#921 of 1617 What Should The Selling Price Be ?
Aug 31, 2004 (6:37 am)
Alas , I have to sell my 2000 GTI. And I am faced with the minor problem of it's worth. Because of the fact of it's Ultra Low Mileage and Condition.
2000 GTI GLX VR6 , Tropic Orange , Black Leather,
9000 Miles ! Showroom Condition - MINT - Impeccable / How much of a premium can I add to this car for it's mileage/condition ??
Inside/Outside/Under the hood / it looks like it just came off the showroom/ What is it worth ?
Thank You , George in Bristol,Connecticut
#922 of 1617 Re: What Should The Selling Price Be ? [gmkrph]
Aug 31, 2004 (6:56 am)
Have you used the TMV (True Market Value) tool to calculate the private party selling price of your car? Go here Used Car Appraiser It will at least give you a number to start with.
#923 of 1617 long distance gti
Sep 05, 2004 (6:42 am)
I look my 99 vr6 to canada and back in 3 days. 1100 miles total. It's not cali to florida, but it was a longish drive. I changed the oil and put gas in it. It's a VW, what else does it need?
Maybe make sure when in fla that bugs haven't consumed the air filter and radiator. can't really think of anything else.
#924 of 1617 long term problems:
Sep 11, 2004 (2:45 pm)
Has anyone with a 2000 or newer GTI, with around 50 thousand miles, ever had any idling or stalling problems? Hopefully this problem doesn't exist for the newer models, though there definitely were troubles of this kind with the A2's from '85 to '92.