Last post on Mar 24, 2010 at 11:23 PM
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Volkswagen GTI, Auto Repair, Hatchback
#14 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [nightmancometh]
Dec 23, 2009 (12:39 pm)
I wouldn't lease again. If you want to trade in or sell it becomes a major hassle. The payments are lost like when someone rents an apartment, there is nothing owned when the time is up. As for buying, one must have substantial cash reserves when the warranty ends. I don't have precise figures but my estimate is that a new engine or transmission can run between 5-10 thousand dollars, which is much higher than most Japanese cars. If money isn't tight, go for it, but if someone is on a tight budget, then a Honda or Toyota might be the better alternative. This is like trying to decide who to marry: Pamela Anderson or Carol Burnett. Obviously, Pamela would be high maintenance, but so would be the joy. I might just buy another VW and sell it 2 months before the five-year warranty ends, and swallow the loss of depreciation as the price paid for five years of bliss. I'm truly sorry to say that, because I spent 22 years of my life working on Hondas and Acuras. A few months ago I drove a used Infinity G35 coupe and a used Lexus IS 350 as possible replacements for the GTI and I've almost went to sleep during the testdrive. These were very quick and quiet cars but something was missing, hard to explain. Bear in mind the Lexus 350 is rear wheel drive and has 300-some horsepower -it isn't your father's Lexus, but I'd rather take the GTI anytime.
#15 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [clickclacker]
Dec 24, 2009 (1:40 pm)
I forgot to mention this in my first message. I test drove the GTI twice. The second time it was raining and the GTI's driver side windshield wiper wasn't working. It was moving back and forth, but, it did not clear any rain from the windshield. This was disconcerting and it made me flinch when I thought about VW's build quality. Nevertheless, it was a blast to drive.
#16 of 22 2010 GTI auto transmission problem
Jan 03, 2010 (4:34 pm)
my new 2010 GTI makes noises (rattling) when rpm is around 2500~3000, right before the auto gear is shifted. it is very annoying. is this a common issue? anyone has this problem?
#17 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [shipo]
Jan 04, 2010 (1:02 pm)
It was information that I received from a customer service rep via the VW website. Not sure if the CS Rep knwe what he/she was talking about? But they clearly said that GTI's were manufactured in mexico. I will submit the same question again on their website and see if i receive the same answer from another agent.
#18 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [clickclacker]
Jan 04, 2010 (1:39 pm)
There are several indicators that point to the CSR being wrong.
1) Each and every detailed article on the Mark VI Golf/GTI that I've written indicate that this body style is only being produced in Germany.
2) The Mexico plant is still producing the Mark V Jetta, and unless something has dramatically change, it has absolutely zero tooling to produce any vehicle built off of the Mark VI platform.
3) An article I read a year or so ago indicated that the Mexico plant wasn't scheduled for conversion to the Mark VI tooling until after the 2010 model year, and even then, for the Jetta only.
4) The few Mark VI Golf and GTI models that I've seen in person carry a VIN number that indicates the country of origin is Germany.
#19 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [clickclacker]
Mar 22, 2010 (4:23 pm)
There is one easy way to check the car your looking at...look at the VIN. If it starts with a "3" it was built in Mexico, if it starts with a "W" it was built in Germany.
I just checked my local dealership (they usually list the VIN with the info about the car) and the two 2010 GTIs they have in stock were both built in Germany.
Hope this helps.
#20 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [tolsn]
Mar 24, 2010 (6:59 am)
I wonder if the "W" stands for Wolfsburg...
What does the "3" mean? No, I won't say it.
#21 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [upstatedoc]
Mar 24, 2010 (9:12 am)
Nope, all cars from Germany have a VIN that starts with a "W".
Mar 24, 2010 (11:23 pm)
GTI's are built in Germany; GLI's are built in Mexico.