I have owned my '91 GTI for about ten
months now. In my opinion, it is one of
the coolest cars on the road. It's a
lot of fun to drive and it gets the
looks. When you drive this car it feels
like you're driving a 5-speed go-kart.
It's handling is excellent, and the
performance is just as good. As nice as
the car may sound so far, be aware of
the usual "Volkswagen problems". Trust
me, you will have problems, and VWs
aren't cheap to fix. You will have fun
with this car, but try not to redline
it off every green light, otherwise you
will be flooded with repair bills.
There aren't really any special
features that i can say i favor, but i
do have the original Recaro interior
which has much more comfortable seats.
If you own or plan on owning a stock
(factory) GTI, i suggest you lower the
suspension to Eurospec height. You will
be able to take a corner like you never
This is the most fun to drive car I've
ever had! Due to my various exploits, I
shouldn't comment on reliability. It
has a close ratio transmission, so make
sure you don't mind turning 3900+ rpm at
80mph (fuel economy suffers as a
result). This car was made for driving,
with easy to read guages and good
driving position. Ride is kind of
harsh, but handling is out of this
world. This car loves to get up and go.
I can't believe I still have my
Recaro seats (especially with my bad
back). Great noises (engine, exhaust).
Exclusivity (Hey, aren't you that guy
who drives the green GTI?). Did I
mention fun to drive?
Would have liked some creature comforts,
especially cruise control. Also, there
were several niceties shown in the
brochure that were absent from my car
(LED 3rd brake light, body color
BBS wheels were quite soft.
All for all best car for the value.
My 91 GTI 16v came with BBS RM wheels
that are extremely rare, Recaro seats,
Quad headlamp grill, big flairs, close
ratio tranny, and 2.0 16v engine.
This car handles like it is on rails,
it is extremely quick, really reliable
and it is a blast to drive each time I
get in it. In my opinion, much, much
better than the Japanese competition.
2.o litre 16v motor, recaro seats, BBS
RM wheels, and great euro look.
The GTI 16V was a great car that had everything I needed at the time: Utility, looks, performance and gas mileage. As it aged, more and more things started falling apart and maintenance was getting expensive (relative to its competition). I had to sell it, but was sad to see it go.
Montana Metallic color (green), BBS rims, exterior enhancements over regular Golfs, Teutonic layout, hatchback, sunroof, European headlights, Recaro seats
Interior noise level, quality and cost of its replacement parts, ceiling treatment, third brake light situated poorly
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