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1996 GTI 5 speed - awesome car
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By jennP
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1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


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I bought my 1996 GTI (5 speed)last year (2008)with approx 95k miles on it. I love this car! She won't quit! Had one problem with her where she died on the road: turns out with the ac on full blast (soon after starting) in high heat of South FL, blew the coil circuit. VWs are notorious for electrical problems as they age, but they are usual suspects as with any car: coil/coil circuit (ie...wiring), ignition switch, spark plugs (do not use platinum 4 prongs-they don't last). If you do a little research to pinpoint the usual problems - you'll be able to get her in prime shape inexpensively (VW Depot in FL are the best).


Best Features

Smoothness of changing gears. Sunroof.


Worst Features

Only thing I would chg are the wacky fabrics used on the seats... but then again, it's part of it's charm :o)


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mpg commuter
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By modern commuter
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1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


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I needed a good commuter for my new job which requires I commute 100 miles per day round trip. I decided on a 96 GTI 2.0 because MPG is as important as being fun to drive. It turns out I am averaging 30-32 MPG. I was lucky to find an unmodified, well maintained w/ an almost new interior for it's 13 year/123,000 age. I love this little car, I find myself not wanting to drive my 06' SS/SC. The 2.0 engine mated to the 5 speed is wonderful, the car is as tight (structurally) as a new car. I cruise at 70-80 mph without any drama. I more pleased than I expected I would be and parts are cheap. I high recommend 2.0 GTI's for anyone looking good MPGs, excellent hauling space and a fun daily driver!


Best Features

comfort, build quality, interior space, fun to drive, MPG


Worst Features

finicky speedo/tach works intermittently


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Electrical and other problems
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By nomorevws
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1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


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I love this car and think it is fun to drive. It looks so cute and gets a lot of comments, even now that it has 100,000 miles on it. Unfortunately, it has taken a lot of money to keep it running. The brakes needed replaced entirely, costing over $1000, at 60,000 miles. The license surround broke the day I bought it. The exhaust needed replaced twice in 4 years. It had a persistant oil pressure problem that couldn't be figured out by numerous shops. Warning lights come on when it gets wet and shops can't seem to fix it. The car nearly caught fire when the electrical system melted, costing about $2000 to fix. The water pump, thermostat, and harmonic balancer just quit. I won't buy another VW.


Best Features

Size, looks, cargo room, maneuverability.


Worst Features

Everything that makes a car reliable.


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First Car
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By Court24
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1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


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I bought this car in 2002. I absolutely love VWs, always wanted one.I have had a continuing throttle problem, and transmission proble. Ceiling upholstery is falling. Very recently spent $500 to replace ignition - the key would not turn at all in the ignition, I actully had to have it towed twice to a car repair shop for this problem. Car is very fast for a 4 cylinder. Nice sporty European car - get many looks. I actually love this car. I considered buying a new GTI - but I am now too old for the youthful sports car. The problems that I have with this car have nothing to do with design - but age. FYI - my car only has 82000 miles on a 11 year old car.


Best Features

Speed and acceleration.


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Great Car
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By poepoe
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1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


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It is a awsome little car, fun to drive and with a sound system it is amazing!!!!!


Best Features

Moonroof, power locks, roomy for a little car


Worst Features

SOUND SYSTEM, super injection


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