1996 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Electrical and other problems
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1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By nomorevws on

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1996 Volkswagen GTI 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.

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Size, looks, cargo room, maneuverability.

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Everything that makes a car reliable.
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