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John, You are correct of course. I was trying to make a point about not having to cut a big tax check up front. Most people don't consider this. I've purchased 34 cars in my life, mostly new, and I've leased only one. Even though I rarely keep a car more than two years I have a psychological need to own. The one BMW I leased resulted in my having to ... Read More
Having owned a 2 dr GTI from 2006 to 2009, I decided to look at some other options for my next lease and very happy I did. Whilst my GTI handled well with good pick up, I had no end of annoying electrical & trim faults + at least 3-4 recalls. I affectionately referred to it as my VW P.O.S. Wishing to remain in the same price range, I opted for ... Read More
Woot, I just traded in my 2006 Honda EX coupe automatic for a red 2008 GTI auto. Back in 2005 I was one of the first people in southern AZ to have the 2006 coupe. It was a great car and was a significant improvement from the 1996 Civic I last owned. I loved the new 2 tier instrument panel too. The only missing thing was the navigation system. Moving forward ... Read More
I am nearing the end of my lease with VW Credit for a 2007 GTI. I am curious about what the end of the lease means for me and what my options are. First, a little background... 15K miles a year for 2 years... I got my GTI in July 2006 -- so a pretty early 07, with the Package 2 premium options (leather, DSG, upgraded wheels/tires, dual climate, etc.) and ... Read More
what some auto mag or engine reviewer rates as one of the best engines in 2006 is irrelevant to me: the gti's engine has been winning awards all over the place. as for engineering quality, i'll let the apallingly poor customer sat scores for VW speak for themselves. seems GTIs spend more time in the shops than on the road. just read the edmunds vw forums for endless tales of woe ... Read More
stop spewing nonsense plz. at the same rpm, the ms3 makes more hp and tq than the gti, period. performance wise the ms3 spanks the gti soundly. no contest. the si is quite slow, as top gear proved on the track with the stig. it produces nice numbers for a N/A engine, but it isn't anywhere near a gti or ms3. as for the "lack of engineering" that you drone on ... Read More
Hop on over to the GTI section of Consumer Guide and it says: "Test GTIs averaged 16.8-19.1 mpg with manual transmission, 23.6 with SMT, both in slightly more highway travel vs. city driving. VW recommends premium-grade fuel." Check out this AutoChannel.com road test of the GTI: http://www.theautochannel.com/news/2006/07/07/014005.html Fuel Requirement 91 octane unleaded premium gasoline And from VW's own technical specifications: http://media.vw.com/press_files/text/GTIT.S..pdf Check the Fuel Requirement section: It will say 95 RON ... Read More
Hi Lee. What options the GTI that you want has has no impact upon its lease program, other than what engine you choose of course. Volkswagen Credit's current buy rate lease money factor and residual value for a 36 month lease of a 2006 GTI 2.0L with 15,000 miles per year are .00180 and 53%, respectively. Car_man Host Prices Paid Forum
Hi storrnyc. Let's crunch some numbers and see what we come up with. According to my calculations if you were to lease a 2007 2.0L GTI with an MSRP of $26,965 and a selling price of $26,300 through VW Credit right now for 36 months with 12,000 miles per year, your zero down, pre-tax monthly payment should be around $421. According to my calculations if you were to lease a 2007 ... Read More
Hey storrnyc. The lease program that you were quoted for this car is right on the money, though its new September money factor is slightly lower at .00312 now. I would be happy to use the new September lease program to estimate this car's monthly payment for you if you provide me with the full MSRP and selling price that the dealer you are working with is using. The 2006 model's ... Read More
You're very welcome. Volkswagen Credit's current buy rate lease money factor and residual value for a 24 month lease of a 2007 GTI 2.0T 4-Door with 10,000 miles per year are .00312 and 68%, respectively. The money factor for the 2006 GTI 2.0T is much better, but its residual value is not as high. The numbers for an otherwise identical lease of one are currently .00180 and 63%. Car_man Host Prices ... Read More
As a Gator who owns a 2006 VW GTI... ... I wholeheartedly agree with your idea! As a Scarlet Knight (Rutgers), congratulations on your school's successes, and I hope my Alma Mater can eventually reach that goal... First, we have to go through the growing pains of making the transition from playing the Ivy League schools (and as the 8th oldest institution of learning in the US - that has been ... Read More
As a Gator who owns a 2006 VW GTI... ... I wholeheartedly agree with your idea! :P
lol We're still talking about it. A miata bought now would be fine right up to the birth of our first. So if that's two-three years out, I could have the miata paid off easily and just buy a sensible family car like a GTI 4 door, Civic Si sedan or Mazdaspeed6 in 09-10. At 16k for an unsold base 2006, we could get a brand new NC that would last ... Read More
Hello guys. I own a 2005 1.8T GTI. While I love my car, I just happenned to test drive a 2006 2.0T GTI. These two cars, IMO, cant even be put on the same page. The 2.0T is that much better. Do any of you know by how much, if at all, the 2007 2.0T GTIs suspension has been lowered by? I know the 2006 had it suspension raised to adhere ... Read More
Post 645 was very fair and balanced. I am currently looking to buy one of these three cars to complement my Subaru Legacy wagon as I want to have a fun car. I did have a MkIV Golf when I lived in the UK several years ago and it was reliable but dull to drive. I am currently steering towards the GTi at the moment (but this can easily change as ... Read More
2 Gas mileage is WAY better than the 4 cylinder Accord which gives EPA ratings of 23(city) and 34(highway) but gets way under (18-19 city). Not really sure where you pulled those numbers from. A manual Accord has EPA numbers of 26/34, an Automatic has 24/34. I've never achieved under 26 MPG in my Accord (I4 Automatic), and I don't drive only freeway (usually on a suburban commute into Birmingham, Alabama ... Read More
I consider myself one of the "golf generation" and love my 2006 Gti. But I'm so annoyed that car journalists everywhere are allowed to report that this car - and others - have "indetectable" turbo lag when that's a blatant lie. I waited patiently to trade my annoyingly bouncy, but beautifully powered Z4 for my new Gti two years after freinds across the pond had theirs, believing auto reports from both ... Read More
I felt the same way about the Si. I originally bought a 2006 with the intention of giving it to my son who is now 15 and a car enthusiast.I originally drove the STI, Evo and R32, M3, etc and actually had a deposit on a M3(BMW M3) for it fits the ticket more for me, Im 52, but decided it was too expensive and decided to make a purchase for ... Read More
vw have a problem with reliability - i bought my 2006 GTI 2.0L turbo 8 months ago - put 28,000 miles driving to work on interstates. GTI handles very well and is a joy to drive BUT i was informed by the dealer that the 2.0L turbo engine has carbonization problems in the United States (our fuel is not that well refined compared with europe). i was advised to use mid=grade ... Read More
In the 2006 Sport Compact Comparison Test, The Civic Si posted a 0-60 time of 7.5 seconds. In the Civic Si vs. the VW GTI, the Civic posted a 0-60 time of 6.8 seconds. Now that's quite a difference. Regardless of any of these comparison tests, I'm planning to buy a 2007 Honda Civic Si 4-door with Navigation. Although it may not be the fastest or quickest, speed isn't everything. The ... Read More
Check out our comparison including these vehicles: 2006 Chevrolet Cobalt SS Supercharged, 2006 Honda Civic Si, 2007 Mazda Mazdaspeed 3, 2006 Mini Cooper S, 2006 Subaru WRX and 2006 Volkswagen GTI. Post your comments here! 2006 Sport Compact Comparison Test
"I don't think it was fair that they opted to use a 2 door gti and 2 door si, they both would have scored better in practicality dept that way." They only tested what THEY could actually lay their hands on at the time of the test. Which explains why the Mazdaspeed3 they tested was a fully loaded Grand Touring edition (w/ the optional Nav system) which hurt it in the ... Read More
I liked this article...but i knew that the mazdaspeed 3 would take it without question. Although its numbers were better in many areas over the si and mini, i was suprised to see the gti so low, just above the cobalt. Personally i think its the best dressed out of all of these cars and the comment on it being the best daily driver meant a lot, as did the comments ... Read More
Here it is: Edmunds comparison test of the (in alphabetical order) Civic Si, Cobalt SS, Mazdaspeed3, Mini Cooper S, Suburu WRX TR, and VW GTI. Since all (except the Cobalt) are available as hatchbacks, I thought this would be a good place to hash this one out.... http://www.edmunds.com/insideline/do/Drives/Comparos/articleId=117762?tid=edmund- s.il.home.photopanel..1.*
> The 2006 GLI uses the 2.0T - that's 200 ft-lbs of torque from 1800 rpm to 5500 rpm. and 200 hp too. The car has go juice without ever downshifting. Here are the dyno tests from all three cars that definitely supports your torque argument: MazdaSpeed 3: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/0610_gti_civic_mazdaspeed3_dyno/mazdaspeed- _3.html Honda Civic Si: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/0610_gti_civic_mazdaspeed3_dyno/honda_civi- c_si.html VW GTI: http://www.automobilemag.com/features/0610_gti_civic_mazdaspeed3_dyno/volkswagen- _gti.html
After owning a 2006 Civic SI, I could never find myself driving a VW (come on now, a VW?). The Mazda, maybe, but Honda is the world class leader.
In five years? 2001 VW Jetta 1.8T Wolfsburg (sold June 2003) 2003 BMW 330i Perf. Package (returned May 2006) 2003 Mazda Protege ES (sold in June 2005) 2006 BMW 330i ZSP (picked up in Munich, April 6, 2006). I'm never satisfied. And I'm the auto industry's dream come true. I go through cars constantly and the 2003 330i was the only car I've held through its entire round of lease/payments. Before ... Read More
I'm sick of my 2006 330i. Actually didn't like it much from the moment I picked it up in europe. The lousy gas mileage and rough runflat ride isn't endearing me either. I drove a coworker's 2006 Si and it left me wanting. The exceptionally rough ride, the buzzy engine, the lack of real power were too much to offset that liquid smooth clutch/tranny and that free revving engine. The GTI ... Read More
Get a FREE Price QuoteFind a Local Car Dealer 2006 Honda Civic SI 2006 Volkswagen GTI Powertrain/Chassis Drivetrain layout Front engine, FWD Front engine, FWD Engine type I-4 alum block/head Turbocharged I-4 iron block/alum head Valvetrain DOHC 4 valves/cyl DOHC 4 valves/cyl Displacement 121.9 cu in / 1998 cc 121.0 cu in / 1984 cc Compression ratio 11.0:1 10.3:1 Power (SAE NET) 197 hp @ 7800 rpm 200 hp @ 5100 ... Read More
I have a 2006 GTI with the (Ipod) MP3 connector. It's a 1/8-inch (headphone) cable which begins in the glove box. It's long enough to reach the steering wheel and thin enough that you can easily close the glove box with the cable protruding. Set the source to CD/AUX to use. Once you get the Ipod player output level just right, it sounds as good as the VW CD player......
As an actual owner and driver of the new 2006 SI, I find it quite amusing to read over and over about the "low end grunt" of the SI. I doubt any of you have driven it. When I purchased the car I was worried "will I have to rev it to 6500 RPM to get to 50?" I can assure you that there is plenty of power in the entire ... Read More
Hello Car_man (i will soon make that gti jump....honest) Here is what i was offered by the VW dealership in Wappingers Falls, NY 12590. This was for a 2007 GTI Auto 2Dr United Grey with Package 2. We didnt discuss MSRP but was told invoice price including destination was $25236(which she didnt agree to sell to but felt that i would be able to). Edmunds says MSRP on this is 26965 ... Read More
Going back to the 90 day thing yet again. My previous car before the GTI was a Toyota Celica. My chances should be pretty good with a Toyota. Well in the first month of ownership I had plenty of "problems". Upon delivery there was: a cigarette burn on the parking brake handle, a broken piston on the hatchback, a broken seat cushion, and a scratch on the drivers door. After driving ... Read More
Hi DC. Volkswagen is not currently providing any lease support on the 2006 GTI. If I was in the market for one I personally would either lease a 2006 model or wait until Volkswagen inevitably introduces lease support on the 2007 model. Having said this, $800 over dealer invoice is a reasonable price for this car. This doesn't look like a true $800 over dealer invoice though because the dealer is ... Read More
No problem, storrnyc. Here's the information that you're looking for. Volkswagen Credit's current buy rate lease money factor and residual value for a 24 month lease of a 2006 GTI 2.0L with 12,000 miles per year are .00180 and 62%, respectively. The numbers for an otherwise identical 36 month lease should be .00180 and 55%. VW Credit's 24 month / 12k money factor and residual for the 2006 Rabbit 4-Door are ... Read More
Just got back from Corona VW in CA. I was offered $3,000 down and $311 monthly (tax included) for a base model 2006 GTI. Well, it actually does have the 18" wheels. Was this a good deal?
Hi- I'm new to this forum, and have a question regarding the care and maintenance of turbos. I will be purchasing a 2006 or 2007 VW GTI, and I'd like to know what I should do as good preventative maintenance to ensure that the turbo is well taken care of. I have heard that I should let the engine continue to run for 1 minute after stopping the car, or that ... Read More
Hello everyone. I bought a Silver with Interlagos Cloth, 2006 New GTI with the 2.0 liter, 4-cylinder, 200-hp Turbo and DSG (6-Speed Auto) with Package 1 and XM plus the rubber mats with trunk liner. Sticker price (MSRP) was $25,250. I got it for $23,000 plus tax, title and license. This deal was $340 less than Edmunds invoice price and $1185 less than Edmunds TMV. I love the car!!! I also ... Read More
Seriously, Ford appreciates your blind devotion to its poor man's Japanese brand. Face the facts, Mazda's "brand appeal" is weak. They wish they could be VW. Meanwhile, VW continues to set the bar for near-luxury, bang for the buck style and performance. Last I looked, VW is NOT doing so good. Their new products are not selling, except for the new Passat. The Jetta has been a HUGE flop! VW better ... Read More
Hi storrnyc. At lease signing, VW Credit consumers are required to pay their vehicle's first month's payment, a security deposit that is equivalent to their payment rounded up to the nearest $25 increment, a $575 acquisition fee, and any required state taxes or fees. Consumers can also pay a capitalized cost reduction, aka down payment, at lease signing, but I always advise against doing so. The reason why I discourage making ... Read More
Hey jperedo. You definitely need to have decent credit to lease through Volkswagen Credit, but if I am not mistaken it uses the pass/fail system of approving consumers for leases like BMW Financial Services does rather than the tiered money factor approach that Honda Finance uses. Car_man Host Prices Paid Forum
You're welcome, hpoohh. If your friend leases a 2006 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T through VW Credit right now for 36 months with 15,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00103 and 51%, respectively. The residual value for an otherwise identical lease with only 12,000 miles per year would be 2% higher. If your friend leases a 2006 Rabbit 4-Door model through VW Credit for ... Read More
Hi Car_man The 2.0 GTI is what I was looking at as well. Doesn't VW have different credit tiers with different money factors based on one's FICO and income?
Hi Car_man, First of all, i would like to appreicate your help on my last 2 leases (05 MBZ C230K and 06 Toyota Sienna). My best friend is interested in the VW 06 GTI or 06 Rabbit. Could you please provide the following info? 1. 06 GTI, money factor and residual for 36months 12k/15k 2. 06 Rabbit, money factor and residual for 36months 12k/15k We are located in S.California just in ... Read More
Hi Tim. You definitely should not make such a large down payment when leasing. If your leased GTI (sweet car by the way) is totaled in an accident or stolen and never recovered, your down payment essentially disappears. You can still trade in your current GTI if you want the convenience that doing so provides. Just have the dealer that you are working with cut you a check for it rather ... Read More
Thanks racerx00 . You aren't getting much of a discount on this car. Have you tried shopping around a little to see if any other dealers in your area are willing to give you a better deal? I would if I was in your shoes. Also, this car's June money factor is much lower than the one that you were quoted for May. If you were to lease a 2006 Volkswagen ... Read More
Welcome back jpierce26. $300 over invoice is a great price for this car. If you were to lease a 2006 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T through VW Credit right now for 36 months with 15,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00140 and 52%, respectively. Car_man Host Smart Shopper / Prices Paid Forums
Hi rowflyrs. If you were to lease a 2006 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T through VW Credit right now for 36 months with 10,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00140 and 55%, respectively. Neither of these items are negotiable, but make sure that the dealer you are working with does not mark your car's money factor up to add additional hidden back-end profit to ... Read More
After 2 months of ownership I've had no problems or funnys whatsoever. To get a better cross section of the GTI community check out: www.vwvortex.com I believe the GTI threads are contained in the Golf MkV forum area. You can also check out the 2006 jetta forums here on insideline since many of the components are shared between models. Yeah, it's no secret VW reliability has been a turd in the ... Read More
Well, here is what Allhorizon reported in message 1168: Edmunds is wrong. The US GTI weight is (approximately): 3100 manual / 3150 DSG (per calculation from Euro-spec cars, extrapolated to US GTI, as weighed in reviews/by owner(s), and also from US owner's manual). Why the VW web site .pdf file states over 3300lbs, no one knows. ******************** It is getting pretty hard to find anything that weighs less than this and ... Read More
After over a decade of driving Japanese cars ,last VW was an 88 Fox GL and a total POS, I'm considering selling my Matrix XR 5 speed(great car but after 4 years ready to move on) and getting a 2006 GTI after merely sitting in one and being amazed at the stretch out leg room for my long legged 6'3" frame.Didn't think anyone still made sporty small cars with this interior ... Read More
hmmm. that is wierd as i have found out too. vw.com indicates 3308 lb for the manual and 3352 for the dsg. this is a differnce of 44 lb. assuming road and track's report of 3170 lb to be accurate for the gti with dsg, then the weight of gti 6-speed should be 3170-44 = 3126 lb. still pretty portly for a little car but now the wieght does not seems ... Read More
I think the 'Fast' and 'Unpimp My Ride' ads are right on the money for a certain demographic: unwed men ages 20 - 40 and possible some empty nesters. According to USATODAYS ad tracker (http://www.usatoday.com/money/advertising/adtrack/2006-04-30-vw-track_x.htm) the response in this demographic is pretty good (for the FAST ads). If you don't get the ads maybe the GTI isn't being marketed to you. The Fast ad campaign created 'a symbolic representation of the ... Read More
ok i am dying with confusion. coudl anyone please give me the CORRECT curb weight for a 2006 GTI 2.0T (6-speed manual)? I have heard that the one given on the vw.com website is incorrect and the one in the gti driver maunal is correct. and that they differ by a lot. can anyone of you gti owners please confirm. you will be putting me out og my misery. thanks.
Hi Car_man, I hope you are well. Glad to see you are still around... You helped me a couple years ago with my VW. I think it is time for me to ask for some more help. I am looking at the 2006 VW GTI with option #2 and NAV. Looks like the MSRP is about $27,580 (Base, Dest, Package #2, NAV) The dealer I have been working with is giving ... Read More
Hi trdmatrix88. You definitely should not lease a car for 60 months. That's way too long. A lot can change in your life to cause you to need to get out of your car before the scheduled end of a five year lease...and doing so is almost always expensive. Your family situation could change causing you to need a larger vehicle, your commute could change causing you to go way over ... Read More
Excellent choice, subiedubie. The latest object of my desire is the Volkswagen GTI. It's a neat car. I was at the press days for the New York Auto Show this week and VW had a cool display for it, complete with a man-size "Fast." I need to get one of those things . If you were to lease a 2006 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T through VW Credit right now for 36 months ... Read More
I bought my 2006 VW GTI from Ourisman. Got it at $500 below invoice with minimal negotiation. United Gray, DSG, Package 2, and the all-season 17" tires. I was pleasantly surprised by the atmosphere at the dealership. Almost no pressure at all. :D
obviously what you have to understand is that all the advice you get here are people's OPINIONS. so, keeping that in mind, i will not try to tell you mine -- mine is biased, i own a 2006 1.8T GTI. instead, i will tell you that so far there have been four comparions of the new 2.0T gti/jetta gli (has the same engine as the gti) with the new civic si ... Read More
well it appears that history has repeated itself for me. My last new VW was a 95 GTI vr6. In a nutshell it was a lemon, everything about the car's delivery condition and subsequent need for service was terrible. Fast forward to 2006 March 29. I after having purchased like 6 new cars since the 95(none of which were VW) buy a new GTI. Mistake number 1. I wanted a pk ... Read More
Looking to lease a 2006 GTI MkV DSG with an MSRP of $23,695 (hopefully I could get it for 2% above invoice and I'll be putting $1500 down, so after all that I would get it for $21,066). I know its longer than most but I was looking to lease for 5 years (60 months) so I wanted to get some insight on the residual percentage and the money factor for ... Read More
Car_M Can you please work mine up for 36 and 39 and 48 mos-12,000 mi per yr.? ZERO down-roll all charges into lease----but I'd like to know what those charges are---breakdown. Money factors and residuals, too. 2006 GTI MKV 6-SPEED MANUAL PKG. 2 18" HUFFHEISEN WHEELS/TIRES MSRP=$26,530 I can buy for: $23,500 Both include dest. I'm in Newark, DE Many thanks~!
Hi lostinatl. Volkswagen is still advertising the 2006 GTI 2.0T with manual transmission at $309 per month for 36 months with a $1,250 down payment. Like most manufacturers' advertised lease payments, I suspect that a smart shopper who is in an area where there is a decent level of competition would probably be able to lease a car for a little less than this by negotiating a lower selling price than ... Read More
Hello ericw2. If you were to lease a 2006 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T through VW Credit right now for 24 months with 12,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00215 and 57%, respectively. VW is not currently providing any cash incentives on leases of GTI 2.0T models, other than $500 loyalty cash for returning owners and lessees. Car_man Host Smart Shopper / Prices Paid ... Read More
Hello, Car_man. I live in the Seattle area, and I'm thinking hard about leasing a new 2006 GTI 2.0T with manual transmission, Package 1, and mats. What is the current VW money factor for the lowest-mile-per-year 24 month lease? I have excellent credit, so please provide the lowest rate. Also, what is the current residual on that lease? Finally, are there any special deals I should know about? Any incentives? Thank ... Read More
Ask your lease questions here: Volkswagen Golf/GTI: Lease Questions Car_man will be sure to see them there, and reply. regards, kyfdx
thanks for the advice allhorizon. i agree completely with one exception ;-). had i not driven the mark V gti,i woudl have loved the mark iv. there is absolutely no comparision. none! however, i am thinking about buying the car for two reasons: 1) i bought the new body style jetta vr6 in 1999 when it first came out. now, i would prefer do to purchase a vw in the first ... Read More
hi. i was looking to buy a new 2006 1.8T gti. how much below invoice shoudl i shoot for? i know when i bought a 2005 BMW 3 series last year it had a $2500 rebate to the dealer from BMW because of the new model 3 series. the situation is similar with the 1.8T 2006 GTIs now with the 2.0T now in the showrooms. but i dont see any rebates ... Read More
I just returned a brand new 2006 gti to the dealer after only 2 days and voided the contract due to the a/c blowing hot air with the a/c @ 65 degrees. Also, the radio and cd player volume drops in and out for no apparent reason. I currently have a loaner car from the dealer while I await a new gti from germany. It will be arriving march 15 and ... Read More
You're welcome, dl7265. Oops sorry about that, the diesel does have a different lease program than the 2.0T. If you were to lease a 2006 Volkswagen GTI 2.0T through VW Credit right now for 36 months with 15,000 miles per year, its buy rate lease money factor and residual value should be .00215 and 55%, respectively. Car_man Host Smart Shopper / Prices Paid Forums
Be very careful in your comparison. The IIHS tested the following vehicles: 2006 VW Jetta (sedan) with standard side air bags; 2006 Audi A3 (5-door hatch) with standard side air bags; 2006 Volvo S40 (sedan) with standard side air bags; 2006 Mazda 3 (sedan) WITHOUT standard side airbags. The 2006 VW Jetta 4-door did very well in front and side crash test; it did well in rear crash test. The car ... Read More
... but you do realize there are not many lay people nor professional reviewers siding with your opinion? To be honest, I think it's foolish to dismiss Top Gear and other highly acclaimed reviews like that on personal anecdote. Uh, no it's irrelevant if "professionals" or lay people agree with me. It's my dollars I'm voting with, so in the long run the only opinion that's gonna shape my view of ... Read More
So you would buy a car that does really lousy in the crash test ,because of price. I never mentioned price in my post. Handling and roadfeel are the motivating factors. The Mazda3 has much better feedback when driven hard and it'll carve in ways the GTI can't. Part of the problem stems from the massive weight, softer American suspension and the natural VW understeering bias. The Mazda3 is far lighter ... Read More
The First Drive: North American GTI is posted. The three-door will be available as soon as February 2006 and five-door in June(?). (I'm waiting for the 5-door.) There are a lot of reasons to be excited about this car but I'm still concerned about VW's reliability. I haven't heard anything new about the Mazdaspeed3 in weeks, maybe months. Is there any word in the 3MPS?
I was searching for a 2005 v6 to my surprise dealers state only 1.8 are left what did they ship them back to the factory??? We settled for a loaded 1.8 but come on whats up with vw...due to the very new and not test 2006?
Exchange rates have historically been very poor indicators of sales prices in the US. You may want to look at the GLI built to your liking and (optimistically) subtract $1000 -$1500 or so. The 2-door GTI should arrive in Spring, with the 4-door following in the summer. It takes VW typically quite a while (2 or more years) to make all engine, color, and interior variation (that are final) available. I ... Read More
I am pretty certain that refers to the 2005.5/2006 Mk4 GTI - the 1.8T model which is being sold until the Mk5 arrives early next year. Same is true for the old 2l normally aspirated engine. It would have been too costly for VW to re-certify these engines for all states, given the low sales volume of the Golf in general, and of an outgoing model, in particular. The 2.0TFSI is ... Read More
My first car was a VW. Ever since I was 9 or 10 I wanted a GTI and now as soon as I get in line ready to buy the '06 GTI, Mazda has to go and do this. I'm also a long time Mazda owner/follower. Mazda has always had a weird philosophy. They make a great product, but some cars could be so much more. I drove the 3 when ... Read More
Before you start yelling, please read the following: "2006 Mazdaspeed3 vs. 2006 VW V GTI" For those of you that don't know, this is the subject of this thread. I understand this is hard to fathom, since 95% of the posts on the past 7 pages don't have jack to do with this topic. I thought maybe I'd get some good information here, but all I got were some egos and ... Read More
"One more thing - if you've read the road tests on the upcoming 2006 VW GTI, the general consensus is that "VW has once again raised the bar" - which the original GTI did back in 1976. The GTI is the ORIGINAL pocket rocket which provided the inspiration for the genre all the way to the present day pocket rockets. And that's a fact...." But the MkV drives nothing like the ... Read More
Is there any sign that reliability at VW has improved over the last couple of years? I certainly hope it made some changes after its quality reputation plunged (well deserved!) in 1999-2001. Is there anyone considering either the MazdaSpeed3 or 2006 GTI?
Wow! I think we have some anger management issues here... You're just taking this argument a bit to personal here... The fact that Germans usually play the role of automotive pioneers is undeniable (whether you want to admit it or not. Second, I'm not blaming the Japanese for improving a European product (I would do the same thing myself if I were in their shoes) - I'm just stating a fact. ... Read More
We've got only 9 months before either of these hot-hatches make their appearance in the US. Let's start the comparison. Considerations: - Power (the 3 is rumored to have 220hp while the GTI has 200hp) and low-end torque - Handling, chuckability, 60-0 (more important than power?) - Reliability - Space (a 3-door or a 5-door?) - Standard Features (a full-size spare? heated mirrors?) - Fuel Economy - Safety - Oh, yeah: ... Read More
Don't do it! find another car. We have been looking and haven't found one that drives like it(2001 GTI 1.8 T) but the one that came closest was the Saab 92 Aero (227 HP T). The BMW 1 Series is coming next year to the US, so maybe that one is one to consider. My brother has one and he likes it, however, BMW reliability is not good for 5 ... Read More
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