by Ravi on Mar 28, 2009 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback
As much fun as my car is to drive, I've had ongoing problems since purchasing it as a 2nd owner initially with 95,000 miles. I have invested $$ to keep the car up to par, but to no avail as minor and major issues keep cropping up. Repairs as well as parts can be expensive so beware if you are financially strapped. It's unfortunate that Volkswagen which wrote the book on quality has now lost that winning formula.
by John Benson on Dec 28, 2003 Vehicle: 1996 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback
I bought my GTI VR6 in June of 1996 and
it has been great. The performance,
handling and acceleration are
exceptional. Throaty engine roar
sounds like a race car. 91,000
miles and still going strong. Cargo
capacity is excellent, especially w/
seats down. Contoured Seats add to the
driving experience, expecially when
cornering but can be tough on long
hauls. Mileage could be stronger but
that is the tradeoff for the V6
power. A fast, fun versatile
hatchback I recommend in a heartbeat.
Last year's two-door Golf Sport and GTI VR6 models become a separate nameplate called simply the GTI, with respective base and VR6 trim levels. Like the Golf Sport, the base GTI will continue on with VW's 115-hp inline four but will get some additional content, including alloy wheels, bolstered sport seats, whip antenna and smoke-tinted taillights. Meanwhile, the GTI VR6 gets a black leather seating option. Both models will benefit from new cloth upholstery, the addition of a glovebox, retractor locking seatbelts (for more secure child-seat installation), easier-to-use height adjustment for the front belts, a central locking switch on the dash and a warning tone to remind you that you've left the headlights on. New exterior colors include Catalina Blue for the base GTI and Windsor Blue, Bright Surf Green and Sequoia Green for the GTI VR6.