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no probs
By m j on 01/21/09 03:45 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Review

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.
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nightmare on every street
By turningjapanese on 04/05/08 11:18 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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9 years and counting
By 1999 VW on 02/17/08 08:25 AM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Review

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.
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Sorry VW....never again
By disappointed on 04/19/06 21:43 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Review

The car was great for the first 60,000 miles. At 80,000 the entire engine had to be replaced due to a valve malfunctioning. It was probally just a freak accident, nonetheless it shouldn't have happened to an 80,000 mile car. VW has numerous electrical and reliablity issues. And after reading the other reviews from past years, it seems we all had the same problems (window, cup holders, plastics in interior falling apart, and emmission problems). It's been to the shop more times then I can remember. I guess this was a bad year for GTI's.
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Beware the 60,000 mark
By mermigkas on 11/16/04 22:02 PM (PST)

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Review

I have had the GTI 99 model for almost three years. THe worst part of owning this model is that after 60,000 miles the parts start falling apart...Broken cup holder,broken plastic parts from the seats, anythig plastic inside is slowly getting off position.......I estimated the cost of fixing all these problems and it is more than 1,000USD... Performance is great and fuel efficiency is there the cost of gas is good for the performance...Get it but know for good: After 60,000 miles it all falls apart......
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Excellent Car
By Cory Saranchak on 03/31/04 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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GREAT CAR
By AX on 12/18/03 00:00 AM (PST)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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1999.5 VW GTI
By wolfhouse on 10/13/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Review

Bought that car in July 1999. It has the 2.0L engine. I have had numerous problems with it (including starter, catalytic converter, gas pump, window regulators). Lately the car has been in the shop for a little more than 4 weeks. Not sure when (if?) it is going to come out of there. Fun to drive, but reliability is really disappointing.
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Happy original owner
By jaycjay on 06/11/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

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

Review

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.
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darn windows
By stu from nj on 05/04/03 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)

Review

i get this car 4 weeks ago and 2 weeks after i got it the check engine light went on. a week after that, the passenger side window feel in the door. and judging by these other reviews, this happens quite a bit. i love the style and interior, nice and roomy, but i'm afraid it's going to expensive to maintain. i plan on getting a repair manual and doing most of the work myself.
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