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1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

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Volkswagen GTI Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 2.8 L V 6-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 174 hp @ 5800 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 18/26 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1999 Volkswagen GTI

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  • Pros

    Fun to drive, comfortable ride, hatchback utility, solid construction, lots of standard features, generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.

  • Cons

    Weak base engine, softer than other sport coupes/hatchbacks, some controls hard to decipher, CD player should be standard.

  • What's New for 1999

    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.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Nightmare on every street

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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.




Excellent car

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

A very mean engine with enough tourque to sit you back in your seat. It has had a few quarks but cars always will so why fight it. It has been a stylish reliable car that I would reccomend to anyone looking to turn some heads and light up the streets.




Great car

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

This has been a great car no problems other than 1 window regulator. Problem w/ window regulator is a plastic piece (only one in the thing) that holds the piece together breaks. Easy fix, get it replaced w/ one that is all metal. Other than that it is a very fun car.




Happy original owner

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

I've only had two problems with this car since buying it new. First on a routine maintenance visit to the dealer, they found that the shift linkage was loose and needed to be repaired before it failed. Second, like many others, the power window regulator failed on the passenger side (which is what causes the windows to drop into the doors). Owners and potential owners should know that VW has now acknowledged the problem with these and extended the warranty coverage on that item to seven years -- and have redesigned the regulator to correct the issue.




Lemon in cool car clothing

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Although i like the layout and performance of my 99 GTI, I have had reliability issues from liquid dripping from my interior rear view mirror to my fuel system leaking to my air conditioner requiring replacement. I have had the "check engine" light on my dah go on and off on a regular basis, and it seems every time I schedule a time to have it checked it goes off! I have contacted VW of America, and have gone back and forth to have them do something over the usual waranty and finally they will check out the car, but as soon as they do I'm sellin it!!!




Great ride / poor electrical

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Vehicle: 1999 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Replacing every month / windows fall off track twice / poor tires on the car - highway tires, 16" Rims



Full 1999 Volkswagen GTI Review

What's New for 1999

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.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 18
  • cty
/
  • 26
  • highway
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