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Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#166 of 1529 German vs. Brazilian
Dec 12, 2000 (4:51 am)
I do not believe there is any difference. The final assembly of my Golf was in Brazil, but over half of the parts came out of Germany including engine and transmission. The brazilian plant has been there since the 50's if my sources are correct and has the same equipment as the other VW plants. Besides you get the same warranty no matter what.
As for the 1.8T vs. VR6 if you have $2000 sitting around go for the small increase in performance otherwise save your money. However, the VR6 does run perfectly fine on 87 octane, I think 92 octane is needed in the 1.8T (I've never tried).
Dec 12, 2000 (3:11 pm)
What color were you able to get for your 2000 GTI GLX? I was considering a 2000 before I ordered a 2001. The color selection on 2000s was limited here in NJ/PA to green, red,and orange. As I had a red 87 GTI for 10 years, I wanted a more subdued color. Also, I'm 13 years older. There was an orange 2000 at Holbert's in PA that I really liked, though.
Carlady: You feel the way about the A3 as I do about my older A1 Rabbit and A2 GTI. I still smile when I see an A1 rabbit. I really dislike that each successive version is larger and heavier. I'm amazed that the 2001 GTI is 2,999 pounds. The '87 GTI was 2,267 pounds, and the '83 was significantly lighter.
But, then again, there is some good in the size increase. The fact that the A4 GTI is two incremental jumps in size from my '87 A2 is a reason that I felt that it was large enough for me, and I can "trade down" in size from my Passat.
Dec 12, 2000 (6:16 pm)
My GTI GLX is "Flash Red" with a black leather interior. It looks great and it's as fast as it looks!
#169 of 1529 GTI 1.8 or GTI GLX discussion
Dec 12, 2000 (6:28 pm)
Another factor to consider is how long you plan to keep the car and how much risk you are willing to take. Turbos are very expensive components and the high rev 4cyl engine in the GTI 1.8 is not as durable as the VR6. My GTI GLX revs at only 3700rpms at 100mph in 5th gear and with a redline of 6500 it isn't even breathing hard.
#170 of 1529 Golf GL Pricing
Dec 12, 2000 (6:40 pm)
I also agree that the dealer is not willing to budge because the GLs aren't in great demand.
I had good success getting my Golf through a broker. The broker was affiliated with my credit union. I ended up paying around $14,775 for the exact car I wanted -- a basic silver GL. The MSRP for the 2000 was $15,525 or near. Most importantly, I was able to conduct the entire transaction via phone/fax and never had to go to the broker until it was time to pick it up. Definitely worth not having to visit a dealer, haggle, etc. if that's not your thing.
I have a question: I just found out that my Golf goes through oil quickly (less than 2,000 miles since my first change at 3,000 miles, it's dangerously low) and the low oil level caused the "check engine" light to go on. I refilled the oil and all seems well, but that check engine light is still on. Of course, the dealer says I must bring it in for a complete inspection, and I think that's fine, to be on the safe side. But in general, does the check engine light need to be reset manually, or should it go off when the problem is gone?
#171 of 1529 Check engine light...
Dec 12, 2000 (7:20 pm)
The oil being low is not causing the "check engine" light to come on, a computer problem is. The dealer has to reset the computer internally.
#172 of 1529 GTI 1.8T or GLX discussion
Dec 13, 2000 (4:29 pm)
gorkojo: Good point. I plan on buying this car and keeping it for as long as it will will run. I did wonder about the reliability of the Turbo, but one would hope that it would at least last 7 years. The question for me would be: will fixing the Turbo cost me more than $2000? That is about what I am saving by not purchasing a GLX now. I live in Texas and am having the hardest time finding any GTI GLX at all. I'm starting to want to buy in California (I know of a place that has 2 for sale).
#173 of 1529 2001Golf GLS tdi
Dec 15, 2000 (4:18 pm)
Is it true that VW will be shipping TDI's to California in spring? But I need the car by January and willing to travel within the western states. Edmunds.com listed tmv price is $18172 GLS, AT, a local dealer quote me $18800 base msrp. Is it possible to get a deal on the 2001 golf tdi for about $18700 plus tax, license, etc. I do not plan to pay more than $19K for this car. Anyone who found a better deal, even out of state... please show the way. May the power be w/the consumer at large and not the car dealers. cheers!
#174 of 1529 Winter problems
Dec 17, 2000 (12:58 pm)
The door of my 2000 Golf GLS freeze whenever, I guess, the temperature is in 20s. Has anyone else had the same problem.
The problem is not with the locks which open fine with the keyless device. However, the door can not be open easily.
Also, for a last couple of days, the car does not beep when I lock the car (using the keyless entry device). Also the small light that blinks (on the driver side window) when car is locked is dead. Any comments!!
I am a little paranoid if my share of horror stories with VWs and dealers are now going to be written.
#175 of 1529 Stories...
Dec 18, 2000 (10:24 am)
Stories like the one before this post is the reason why I am scared to get rid of my reliable Mazda Protege and get a VW. What gives?
BTW, how is the traction in snow without the ASR on the 1.8T? And how is it with the ASR? Thanks in advance.