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.
Handling, performance, comfort, realiable drive train, interior well built without plastic cheap feel of other cars.
Door locks, brake system, suspension, power windows, electronics, and many other secondary systems on the car are poorly built and need repair or replacement on a regular basis.
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.
The ROARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRR of the VR6 engine. I still wonder how they managed to fit a 2.8L engine in that small engine bay.
Make it less expensive to add additional horsepower (ie. supercharger, or turbo).
I love this car to death. I bought it brand new from the dealership and I've driven it only on real nice days in the summer. This car has great power, handles very well and is a real head turner with its bright blue color. I've only experienced minor problems with it but who doesn't with any car.
The color, the VR6 engine, the interior, pretty much everything about it.
VW's have a huge following for one very
important reason. they are great
cars. Get in one, and as soon as you
turn on the engine you will notice
something different. the car gives a
little feed back. This is the 2nd GTI
VR6 I have had, and my 5th VW in all.
All my other VW's have been flawless as
well. Do your maintenance, avoid the
high prices for repairs by the dealers,
and you will love your VW for a long
long time. This GTI has 145,000 Miles
on it. It has the original clutch,
timing chain, everything. I am 27,
which means I bought this car when I
was 22. So no this car has not been
Power, power and more power. this thing
has torque and horse power by the
boatload. Steering wheel gives
feedback, central locking, Comes
standard fuly loaded
Put an aftermarket Chip in it by GIAC.
it will boost power by alot, and it
will actually give you better Gas
milage. go to the GIAC site for more
Purchased from a friend. After fixing
some neglected items, (Brakes, shocks,
plugs) the car runs and drives very
well. A speedy economy car that
catches unsuspecting pick-up, SUV and
Minivan drivers by surprise with
outstanding in class acceleration,
brakeing and cornering. The ride is
firm and sporting, perfect for this
cars mission. Sporty and practical.