1999 was the year that VW made two GTI's:
1) the last of the long-running Golf III
series with the rear license plate on
2) the brand new "New GTI" with the more
rounded headlights and the license plate
on the bumper.
These are VERY different cars. the "New
GTI" is appearently terrible.. or at
least was in 1999/2000, according to two
coworkers who have them. The "old" GTI
was the final model in a series that
just kept getting better..
I've got the "old" model and have had it
for about 3 1/2 years. It has never,
ever given me any trouble. I've kept
good care of it (regular service,
regular oil changes) but other than that
I've done nothing special.
Its tremendously fun to drive due to a
very responsive clutch, sport
suspension, and a stiff frame. The
hatchback is useful for carrying
everything from furniture to bicycles.
Its also small enough to fit in tight
spaces, so it is very useful for city