Over 215k miles.
I bought the car with 20K miles. Replaced two sets of spark plug wire/ignition coils (70K & 150K), clutch (170K), replaced various cooling connectors (180K), front brake rotors (180K), control arm bushings (210k).
Now needs a water pump and thermostat.
There are several interior items worn out.
The cd changer has an electronic tick when hot. The center arm rest/console hinge broke, along with the stick shift console housing/ash tray wrap-around.
Vanity mirror light is dead. Cigarette lighter is dead.
Seats look like new and still feel like aftermarket sports seats.
Monsoon sound system has never blown a speaker (trust me I turn it all the way up and I have a teenage son, they should all have blown by now).
This is a true sports car without the hype.
I have seen 145mph in it.
Solid speeds, great gear ratios.
I can race the kids in the new AWD rally style cars fitted with $$'s of aftermarket parts and keep up.
I won't say they can not win on a track but on the street this car is more than you need.
Mountain driving is exhilarating; my GTI can handle better than I can drive.
I will keep repairing this car until gasoline is illegal!
As for aftermarket parts the only modification I would add is sport shocks if you can handle a stiff ride. The only power option I have heard of that will make a marked difference is a supercharger.
I wouldn't think the $2500 investment is needed on the street.
Wonderful little car. Quick, agile, and the sound of the VR6 engine is just beautiful. Pretty solid; I ran it into a ditch pretty hard, tow truck pulled it out and I kept on driving it, ran brilliantly. Even after 150,000 miles it still feels far more solid than my grandmother's Ford Focus. Feels just as good doing 130 as it does 25. Not a head turner, but hey, it's what's on the inside that counts.
Heated seats, blue dash lighting, amazingly spacious, Climatronic, Monsoon sound system
sturdier cup holders, less "quirks" in driving. A sixth gear would have been nice
The 2000 GTI is a great car in many respects. The finish is far beyond what one would expect from a car of this sticker price. And the drive is an absolute blast -- the high-end torque is awesome. I love the feeling of moving the car from 60 to 80 mph. However -- the maintenance kills you. I don't even have 40,000 miles on the car and I've easily paid in excess of $8,000 to maintain the car (and that is excluding oil-changes and the like). So, used-car buyers, beware. I've had to replace everything from the oil-pan to wheel-bearings to ignition coils. All in less than 40,000 miles and I car for the car, i.e., I'm not a crazy or aggressive driver.
The heated seats, interior lighting, and the way the car drives.
Increase the quality. The amount of extraordinary repairs on this $20,000 car has been ridiculous. I had a Honda that I put over 150,000 miles on and I replaced oil, tires and the clutch. My VW/GTI I have under 40,000 miles on and have had repairs and replacements too numerous to list here.
I LOVE this car. If the new GTI offered 6-cyl., I'd get a brand new one. This car is so fast and so affordable. It has never left me on the side of the road, nor has it ever required ANY major repairs. I only have regular maintenance: oil, tire rot., wipers, tires, etc. I got a K&N air filter and it's even faster. I LOVE IT!
The great torque and tight handling.
I would like to be able to turn on the "recirc" without having to turn on the air/heat system. Offer power seats!
I loved the heck out of this car. If it weren't so small and I didn't have a family now, I would keep it FOREVER. It has been so good to me. It handles really well and feels solid. All the bells and whistles made it really comfortable. The only downside: parts for VWs in general are super expensive. And the engine light comes on for the slightest problems. Oh, and the seats don't recline.
The heated seats, moonroof, heated windshield wiper jets, orange color, and how the Climatronic makes it super easy to determine the temperature.
The drink holder sits directly above the stereo, lame.