by md_medic on Jan 5, 2014 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
I have wanted an MKIV since they came out. I bought a 2000 in 2012 and was in a total collision 3 weeks later. The other girl went to the hospital I walked away without a scratch. As a former mechanic and mobile electronic technician I can tell you the build quality on this car is amazing. It is extremely safe. The only drawback to the car can be the cost of parts. This is one place where is does not pay to cut corners. There are a huge number of aftermarket companies out there that make replacement parts but when they charge $35 for a part that
VW charges $350 there is a reason. With this car you basically get an AUDI in a VW wrapper. Most of the parts are interchangeable.
by kudin on Dec 18, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
Honestly I can say owning the VW GTI VR6 was nothing short of a nightmare.
I had purchased the top of the line 2001 in 2011 GLX with less then 140,000 kilometers and was the third owner. Over the span of one year it coast me half its value in repairs for parts that are literally prone to failure. Volkswagen knows this but makes no attempt to fix it, simply Google coil-pack failures for the mk4.
As a car it is fun to drive its fun. However its heavy slow and antiquated. The whole VR6 thing is overrated till you hit the highway and the bulk of my driving was city so its a pig on gas, changing the oil is at least a 100 dollar job if you do it right and go full synthetic.
by caro2012 on Oct 17, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)
I bought my 2001 GTi with 25,000 miles on it and put another 105,000 miles on it over the course of 5 years.
While it was comfortable to drive and had nice styling, the car completely lacked reliability.
In the 5 years that I owned it, these are the things that broke or degraded prematurely:
Ignition coil wiring harness (degraded insulation)
Timing belt (replaced at 50,000)
Clogged oil pick-up tube
Radiator fan (broke)
Coolant flange (degraded, leaked)
Drivers side seat belt clip (bad sensor)
Automatic transmission (failed at 100,000; rebuilt and failed again at 130,000)
Broken, leaking axle at 130,000
Leaking power steering pump
by cjluvdub on Jun 29, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)
When I drove this car off the lot it was 9 years old good condition low miles. But within a few months the problems started, needed a new fuel pump trans. started slipping shifting hard intermittently car would die once shut off and required discon & recon of battery at least once a month. Window regulator broken, drivers window switch broken, seat belt & drivers door sensor don't work(purchased it like this) & now with 110k the cat. convert is failing along with the o2 sensors(not cheap parts!) & the current problem is the braking when I first drive in the morning the brake pedal & brakes feel like they're pulsating and then it goes away for the rest of the day might be time to trade...
by steveygti on Jan 26, 2012 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I love my 2001 VW GTI 1.8T GLS.
I bought this car brand new and now I have about 171k miles. This car has been a phenomenal experience for me the past 11 years.
In spite of what people say about 'electrical problems, etc.' with VWs, this car had none whatsoever.
The only things i had to replace since i bought this car were a new alternator (at 125k miles) and a new a/c compressor (at 168k miles). I regularly took this car in for an oil change and check up to VW. I am sad to let this car go and sell it so i can buy an suv since my family is growing into 4! Im thinking about getting VS again!
by Dante on Sep 23, 2010 Vehicle: 2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)
I owned an '84 GTi (the original) for 12 years, then a Jetta GLi for 8 more years. After a quick stint with another vehicle, I went back to VW. I bought this car used, with 60k miles already on it. I am now very close to 100k and I absolutely love this car. Only problems I have had is: replacing the water pump (normal) and a bad coil pack (normal?). I maintain it religiously, running only synthetic oil. I honestly never have to open the hood between changes - it uses absolutely no oil, and the old oil is only moderately dirty after 5k miles. One odd issue - I have to top off the power steering fluid every 5k-6k miles and I see none of it leaking out(?)
All Golf models get clear side marker lights, trunk entrapment buttons, new cupholders and head protection airbags. Golf GL and GLS get higher-quality interior fabrics and the GTI benefits from a new 16-inch wheel design, optional 17-inch wheels, and multi-function steering wheel controls.