Used 1997 Volkswagen GTI Pricing

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1997 Volkswagen GTI

1997 Highlights

For 1997, the GTI VR6 gets new alloy wheels and a revised suspension that has been lowered by 10mm and includes stiffer shock absorbers, springs and stabilizer bars. Meanwhile, the 115-horsepower inline four that powers the base GTI is fitted with a new cylinder head for smoother power delivery. A cargo area light is now standard in the base model, and both models get a new high-mounted center brake light and open-door warning reflectors for all doors. Late in the 1997 model year, Volkswagen offers a limited run of the GTI VR6 Driver's Edition, which comes with a special set of seven-spoke alloys; an even lower, stiffer suspension with progressive antiroll bars; red brake calipers; chrome-tipped exhaust pipes; special cloth upholstery and floor mats; silver-faced gauges; a round aluminum/rubber shift knob; red stitching on the leather-wraps for the steering wheel, hand brake and shift boot and deluxe door sill covers embossed with the "GTI" name.


  • Excellent road manners, roomy interior, fun to drive, speedy VR6.


  • Some controls and symbols difficult to decipher, staid styling, underpowered four-cylinder engine.

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Features & Specs

2dr HatchbackVR6 2dr HatchbackVR6 Driver's Edition 2dr Hatchback
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower115 hp @ 5400 rpm172 hp @ 5800 rpm172 hp @ 5800 rpm


IIHS Rating
The Insurance Institute of Highway Safety uses extensive crash tests to determine car safety.
  • Side Impact Test
    Not Tested
  • Roof Strength Test
    Not Tested
  • Rear Crash Protection / Head Restraint
    Not Tested
  • IIHS Small Overlap Front Test
    Not Tested
  • Moderate Overlap Front Test

Top Consumer Reviews

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Consumer Rating

Fun to drive
I've owned this car from 19K miles to 240K. Overall this car is extremely fun to drive and handles exceptionally. The drive train is solid and at 240K miles my car still doesn't show any signs of weakness or burn any oil. I still haven't needed to replace the clutch or do any transmission work either. The dash and controls are built well and aren't cheap and plasticy like many cars that came out during that time. However, there has been a TON of stuff that needs constant attention outside the main drive train which seemed like it was built so cheaply it was designed to fail.
Buy It Unless You Are Broke
All I am going to say is 170,000 miles of FUN! That is right, 170,000 miles and all it took was regular maintenance. If you buy it you will need to put money in it (don't buy it if you are broke). Maintenance is pricey, but you can do most of it yourself. BTW, this is one of four VWs I have had.
Never get bored to drive a GTI
I've had the car for 4 yrs now. got it used with 20k on it. always fun to drive. I like the feel of the car. feel like driving a real car. Only thing I dont like is the spares are expensive. Always dependable, no major problems, I can take the car anywhere without thinking about whats going to happen to the babe...
Used 1997 Volkswagen GTI Overview

The Used 1997 Volkswagen GTI is offered in the following submodels: Hatchback. Available styles include 2dr Hatchback, VR6 2dr Hatchback, and VR6 Driver's Edition 2dr Hatchback. Pre-owned Volkswagen GTI models are available with a 2.0 L-liter gas engine or a 2.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 172 hp, depending on engine type. The Used 1997 Volkswagen GTI comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed manual.

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