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Volkswagen GTI, Auto Repair, Hatchback
#3 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [nightmancometh]
Dec 15, 2009 (9:00 am)
Well this question is right up my alley.
I've pretty much owned a VW or Honda product for the last 20 years.(Save for that, ahem, oldsmobile I bought)
My experience has been that the honda will always be more reliable. I just parted w/ an '04 acura MDX that had virtually 70k trouble free miles. The '08 GTI that I have also just recently parted with had several issues w/ only a fraction of the miles. (trip computer haywire from day 1, tires wearing out at 8k miles, engine skid plate just falling off ) That aside, it was a real blast to drive. BTW it was made in Germany.
#4 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [nightmancometh]
Dec 17, 2009 (1:15 pm)
I have an 07 GTI with the DSG automatic. There are only 16,400 miles on it because it's our 3rd car. There are no problems, never stalled or failed to start. There was an air bag light taken care of during the 10K service and the car isn't as quiet as my wife's 04 Accord. But the GTI is much more fun and it's more secure at high speeds, like 80 mph or higher. It is a lease and I will return it next summer, but I will miss it tremendously. The only problem I have is that the GTI is difficult to drive slowly because it begs to be driven hard. After the second speeding ticket I'm taking it easy now - so I might as well take the Honda or the Toyota. Stay away from Arizona, they have hidden speed cameras in every small town. They make their revenue from photo radar but we won't visit there again.
#5 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [extech2]
Dec 18, 2009 (6:42 am)
"After the second speeding ticket I'm taking it easy now ,hidden speed cameras in every small town,They make their revenue from photo radar "
You should look into the Escort 9500ix, you won't be disappointed.
#6 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [zigster38]
Dec 18, 2009 (4:13 pm)
Yes. It was a blast to drive and man that interior, especially the steering wheel is fan-effin'-tastic! Thanks for your response!
How's the resale value for GTI's or VW's in general?
#7 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [upstatedoc]
Dec 18, 2009 (4:16 pm)
Are all GTI's made in Germany? I'm surprised to hear about the issues you had with your GTI. You would think that the Germans would be as meticulous as the Japanese when it comes to build quality.
#8 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [extech2]
Dec 18, 2009 (4:18 pm)
Would you ever consider buying a VW opposed to leasing one? Thanks for your response!
#9 of 22 Re:Escort radar detector
Dec 20, 2009 (1:40 pm)
"You should look into the Escort 9500ix, you won't be disappointed."
I'm considering to get one. I know it has a built in GPS for speedcams and red light cameras. I don't mind the $ 500 but I'd like to get more information on that one. If you have the time, please write a review on how is it and how do you like it. We'll all appreciate a good review.
#10 of 22 Re:Escort radar detector [extech2]
Dec 21, 2009 (7:39 am)
Check out radardetector.net., the escort forum. everything you ever wanted to know about the 9500 series (unbiased, well for the most part) and then some.
#11 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [nightmancometh]
Dec 21, 2009 (7:38 pm)
I am in the same boat. I too want to want to buy a 2010 GTI, but had a 1999 Jetta that had a bad transmission and when I was finally close to 24,000 miles i told the dealer i was going to invoke the lemon law and by magic my transmission was replacced free of charge. I think If I added up all of my service tickets I most likely paid another 10K in service on top of the sale price of the car. But, it was so much fun to drive. I now own a 2007 Acura TSX which has had 3 oil changes in 3 years period. A boring car, not fun to drive but very reliable, a very nice car, just crappy turning radius, blind spots, and no grip on the curves. I'm not sure what to do either. I have read reviews of the delaer service depts in Seattle and they are all horrendous. Somone please tell me that the GTI has a superior manufacturing quality than the Jetta. PLEASE?
#12 of 22 Re: Volkswagen GTI: Reliability Experiences [nightmancometh]
Dec 23, 2009 (8:36 am)
I just checked with VW and all GTI's for the US market are made in Mexico.