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Buy It Unless You Are Broke
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By GTIUNV
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1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


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All I am going to say is 170,000 miles of FUN! That is right, 170,000 miles and all it took was regular maintenance. If you buy it you will need to put money in it (don't buy it if you are broke). Maintenance is pricey, but you can do most of it yourself. BTW, this is one of four VWs I have had.


Favorite Features

The ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR of the VR6 engine. I still wonder how they managed to fit a 2.8L engine in that small engine bay.


Suggested Improvements

Make it less expensive to add additional horsepower (ie. supercharger, or turbo).


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Fast, fun & frugal
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By username1
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1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


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Purchased from a friend. After fixing some neglected items, (Brakes, shocks, plugs) the car runs and drives very well. A speedy economy car that catches unsuspecting pick-up, SUV and Minivan drivers by surprise with outstanding in class acceleration, brakeing and cornering. The ride is firm and sporting, perfect for this cars mission. Sporty and practical.


Favorite Features

Engine, brakes, and cornering.


Suggested Improvements

None.


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Still fun to drive after 5 years!
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By johnincary
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1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


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This is my second GTI, after 92 GTI 16v. Compared to old GTI this one is much better in every way, except that is's heavier. The VR6 is still very fun to drive and stealthy looking as always - attracting no attention so fast driving is still possible. I have no mechanical problems to report. Do get 16" wheels and tires and better suspension - this car needs firmer suspension - everything else on it is fine.


Favorite Features

VR6 engine is great, lots of torque and power and likes to spin too. With more open exaust the engine sounds are racy. I also like hatchback's practicality and utter invisibility vs. say Corvette and your local cops.


Suggested Improvements

As mentioned before do budget for firmer suspension and bigger wheels.


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don't get this car!it happens everywhere
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By John7000
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1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


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We bought this car brand new in Bangkok Thailand and after 30000km just when the car is out of warranty, it start to fall apart. We never drive it hard because of the traffic and then the transmission fail (140,000bath to fixed which is about $3,200), and then the abs fail every month, electrical gone nut.....we have to service it every months!!!


Favorite Features

nothing maybe the look and the power


Suggested Improvements

don't ever build this car!!!!!!


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