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.
The ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR of the VR6 engine. I still wonder how they managed to fit a 2.8L engine in that small engine bay.
Make it less expensive to add additional horsepower (ie. supercharger, or turbo).
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.
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
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.
As mentioned before do budget for
firmer suspension and bigger wheels.
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!!!
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