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Pretty Nice GTI
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By Good til Caught FIRE
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1997 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Driver's Edition 2dr Hatchback


Review

I purchased it new 5 years ago and I
loved it (91,000 miles). It's sporty,
quick in comparison to other cars in
it's class ('97). Nice standand
features. Fun to drive.

Biggest draw back... the engine caught
fire and was a total loss !!!


Best Features

The VR6 power and the Driver addition trim package is sportier looking.


Worst Features

Heated seats are not available with the leather package. The door locks freeze up quite often. Both front seat adjusters broke. Generally parts seem expensive. Include a fire extinguisher!


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Never get bored to drive a GTI
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By allinthegame
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1997 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback


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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...


Best Features

like the feel, prefect power assisted steering to make you feel like driving a sports car. overall after 4 yrs, i am still not tired of driving. feel like getting a kick everytime i take it out...


Worst Features

more power will be nice. nothing much i could say but enjoy it...


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114k and still running strong (sort of!)
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By ercdvn01
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1997 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback


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I have had this car for a little over
three years and I have put close to 70K
on it since then. I had to get a new
cat back exhaust around 50K. The only
thing since then was a timing belt,
tune up, and wheel bearings at 112K.
My latest problem and the biggest so
far is that my reverse is totally shot!
I can't complain too much about the car
I have been pretty rough with it over
the past three years and it has held up
pretty good. I just wish it had more
power!!!


Best Features

Handling, german/styling and engineering, fun and compact!


Worst Features

Needs more power. The front cupholders are pathedic. The rubber door moldings are mounted with inferior adhesive. Stock radio should have more power. Doors like to close on you. The door locks and hatch lock like to freeze and jam up. The alarm system is a little unstable.


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Still fun to drive after 5 years!
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By johnincary
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1997 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback


Review

This is my second GTI, after 92 GTI
16v. Compared to old GTI this one is
much better in every way, except that
is's heavier. The VR6 is still very fun
to drive and stealthy looking as
always - attracting no attention so
fast driving is still possible. I have
no mechanical problems to report. Do
get 16" wheels and tires and better
suspension - this car needs firmer
suspension - everything else on it is
fine.


Best Features

VR6 engine is great, lots of torque and power and likes to spin too. With more open exaust the engine sounds are racy. I also like hatchback's practicality and utter invisibility vs. say Corvette and your local cops.


Worst Features

As mentioned before do budget for firmer suspension and bigger wheels.


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By VW GTI
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1997 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback


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The car is great to drive, the
handling is great. The biggest
complaint I have with the VWs is the
electrical. This is my third VW and
everyone of them has had electrical
problems, nothing that's to
troulesome, just annoying. The rear
wiper is flimsy, the side molding came
off, again just annoying. Also, like
other VWs with abs brakes mine has
malfunctioned. Would I recommend the
vehicle, easily 'yes'.


Best Features

Handling


Worst Features

VW has to work on the known problems and fix them, such as ABS brakes, and electrical.


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