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Volkswagen GTI, Hatchback
#36 of 185 Re: GTI reliability.... [carfanatic007]
Jun 29, 2006 (2:35 am)
I'm sure that the GTI is a fast little car but I wouldn't call 200 hp with 207 lbs torque a "high performance engine". Many cars available today have much more HP and torque. I have owned a 1998 GTI VR6 and the 2001 GTI. The VR6 was far superior to the Turbo 1.8. The only thing nice about this particular model is that it is made in Germany vice Brazil. I wonder if this will be the only year that happens? Does anyone know? Or will VW continue to make the GTI in Germany?
Well, yes, performance is relative to engine size (displacement), and the 2.0TFSI rates very well, which got VW/Audi yet another Ward's Auto award...
Of course, this engine is underrated, with close to 200hp/lbs-ft wheel (rather than crank), as many dynos have shown. It has already been sold in ~225hp versions in the European A4, and close to 260 lbs-ft is the norm for simple and inexpensive tuner ECU re-flashes. At any rate, don't underestimate the significance of the direct injection technology.
I have not seen any plans to move production of the left-hand-drive (right-side-of-street) MkV Golf/GTI outside of Wolfsburg. The MkVI will be arriving shortly (late 2008 Germany production) - so that will be the time to stay tuned for.
#37 of 185 Cant drive my vr 6 untill its warmed up
Jul 05, 2006 (10:15 am)
My 97 vr6 starts just fine but if I try to drive and get the rpms above 3200 it conks out and will not restart for a minute or two.When I turn the key after it stalls it wont even turn over a little bit.Also when it does restart after the stall it shakes vioently untill its warm the its fine.If I start it up and let it run untill it reaches normal operating temp everything is fine.Theres also the occasional stall when its warm if I'm not on the gas say at a red light it stalls but will restart just fine.If any1 has any ideas I would greatly appreciate it. PS this is a year round problem
#38 of 185 Re: GTI reliability.... [jitteryjoe_246]
Jul 06, 2006 (6:48 am)
The MkIII platform was the first to use the VR6 powerplant, which debuted in a 12V version. The engine was initially marketed as a DOHC engine, however this is a point of contention due to the unique design. Yes, there are two overhead cam shafts, however there is only one cam shaft over each bank of cylinders. The next generation of the VR6 engine, used in the MkIV platform, in 2004, was a true double overhead cam engine, with one camshaft controlling the inlet valves and the other controlling the exhaust valves, while still using two cam shafts over the one cylinder head. The 24V engine also features other technical improvements, such as variable valve timing and a variable geometry inlet manifold, that enables it to extract another 20HP from the same displacement, giving it a total of 200 horspower. So the VR6 is just as fast as the new 2.0 T and it sounds a whole helluva lot better getting there too without any turbo lag at all. Don't get me wrong, the 2.0T is a awesome engine and it has more torque ta boot!
#39 of 185 timing chain or belt?
Jul 13, 2006 (2:14 am)
My 2001 GTI has what I thought was a serious problem. It stopped abrubtly a week ago, and a message appeared where I normally see the temp and mpgs... it said in big letters, STOP. It proceeded to beep at me while flashing the word. Now thefirst mechanic has said it is the timing belt which blew the pistons and damaged valves. The problem is that it sounds like he didnt even take a good look cause he said he can just tell.....? But a friend of mine has informed me that my car doesnt even have a belt its a chain.Any input?
#40 of 185 Re: VW poor reliability....
Jul 13, 2006 (5:09 am)
The solution to all of you peoples VW reliability problems is to trade-it-in on something that won't break so often.
When you REALLY get tired of visiting the VW dealership for this-and-that defects and breakdowns, take a step-up to the plate and invest in an Acura or a Honda...and then you can do without the snooty VW dealership attitude too.
By the way, Acura's 4-cyl makes 200 HP without a turbo (TSX) and 240HP with a turbo (RDX). The Honda Civic's base 4-cyl (140hp) makes about 17% more hp-per-cyl than VW's noisy 5-cyl...and the Japanese achieve WAY better mileage.
Now you know.
The upcoming Civic Si 4-cyl is rated near 200hp.
"Yes, dear, rabbits do make cute pets...but who has the time for all that maintenance."
#41 of 185 Mileage
Jul 21, 2006 (12:10 pm)
Allhorizon, I tried driving using WOT and it does seem to make a difference. I've found that the real problem seems to be stop and go driving. As long as I'm moving and not sitting in traffic the mileage is respectable. But the GTI does not like to be sitting motionless then move 10 ft, repeat. I can get in the low 20's as long as I'm not in stop and go traffic. I guess the Celica just did much better in stop and go traffic. Thanks for the tip though.
#42 of 185 Re: GTI reliability.... [allhorizon]
Jul 25, 2006 (8:57 am)
I think the consensus so far is that the reliability of the MkV is decidedly better than the previous generation(s).
Be careful when drawing conclusions. This is still a new car and it's way too early to speak to long-term reliability.... and that's what really matters.
I hope you're right, but I'll need a lot more validation from owners.
#43 of 185 Re: GTI low rpm torque issue [mheins]
Jul 26, 2006 (6:02 am)
What brand and octane of gas do you fill up?
#44 of 185 Re: GTI low rpm torque issue [wai]
Jul 26, 2006 (6:16 am)
I always use 91 octane (premium).
Additional information on the issue: I have verified by using an accelerometer based performance product that the torque curve is pretty sloped up to about 3000 rpm. I've also determined that apparently it's not just my car, because I test drove another one at my dealer's, and as far as I could tell, it accelerated the same way.
#45 of 185 Re: GTI low rpm torque issue [mheins]
Jul 26, 2006 (7:21 am)
93 Octane will get the most out of your GTI. The dealer's car you tested might only fill in any gas lower than 91.
BP Ultimate with an Octane of 93 has been tested as the best of other major brand as Shell, Exxon and Sunoco.
Try a tank to see if there is any difference.