by m j on Jan 21, 2009 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)
This car is a beast, I never had any problems like these other reviewers, the only problems I have ever had with this car is the with the catalytic converter, and the sunroof always gets stuck, but the sun roof has gotten stuck in every car I have ever scene with a sunroof. So that's not to go against the car. Back to the cat/converter, I had to replace that twice thus far to pass emissions inspections, its in a bad spot (very low to the ground) I find rust takes its toll faster then most other cars, and it is about 700 each time to fix /after labour (usd) other then that I love this, and will be getting another VW in the future.
by turningjapanese on Apr 5, 2008 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)
The prefect lemon--I even got it in yellow! Over 7 years of ownership I have averaged about $1000 per year in electrical repairs alone. It has broken down on the road six (yes, six) times. I'm counting the first flat time, because VW makes it impossible to remove the spare. The retaining nut for the spare is fused to its bolt with paint! Speaking of paint, mine is almost gone. The clearcoat began dissolving in patches at about 3 years old. The wheel wells fell off. At 83,000 miles it cannot pass NY inspection with two weeks of work done on it. This is the worst car there is.
by 1999 VW on Feb 17, 2008 Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)
I had the window problems as well. Basically the regulators on the power windows were plastic. They put metal after market regulators in my car at 6 months and I have never had a problem since. Interior quality is very good. I have this car 9 years and seats look almost new. Dash still looks very good. Cup holders were a bad design and they broke on my car. I have had little issues through the years. Seems like a lot of plastic on this car. Water pump went after 3 years. The impellar on the water pump was plastic. Replaced with after market pump with metal impellar...and no problems. I have a manual transmission and still have original clutch with 121k miles. No engine issues.
Volkswagen offers two generations of the sporty Golf-based GTI for sale in 1999. The third-generation GTI has been around since 1995, and it is a carryover. VW drops the sluggish four-cylinder version and offers only the VR6. Later in the model year, the company introduces a completely redesigned GTI with a smoother body and improved versions of the base inline four and VR6.