This car is a beast, I never had any problems like these other reviewers, the only problems I have ever had with this car is the with the catalytic converter, and the sunroof always gets stuck, but the sun roof has gotten stuck in every car I have ever scene with a sunroof. So that's not to go against the car. Back to the cat/converter, I had to replace that twice thus far to pass emissions inspections, its in a bad spot (very low to the ground) I find rust takes its toll faster then most other cars, and it is about 700 each time to fix /after labour (usd) other then that I love this, and will be getting another VW in the future.
I brought 1999 GTI VR6 back in Jan 2002. It had 35,800 miles. After 1 day, the cruise control stop working. The dealer fixed it for free. Then about 2 months later, driver side power window stop working. I fixed it and cost me close to $400. Then about a month after that Check engine came on. The oxygen sensor went bad. Three weeks later, while my brother was driving it, I believe the timing belt went bad, and he had to tow the car. Other than these numerous problems, its an ok car. The VW dealer ship was not helpful at all, and when my brother made a compliant about it to the VW customer care, the operator was very rude.
The prefect lemon--I even got it in yellow! Over 7 years of ownership I have averaged about $1000 per year in electrical repairs alone. It has broken down on the road six (yes, six) times. I'm counting the first flat time, because VW makes it impossible to remove the spare. The retaining nut for the spare is fused to its bolt with paint! Speaking of paint, mine is almost gone. The clearcoat began dissolving in patches at about 3 years old. The wheel wells fell off. At 83,000 miles it cannot pass NY inspection with two weeks of work done on it. This is the worst car there is.
MY EXPERIENCE WITH MY GTI HAS BEEN DISAPPOINTING ONLY DUE TO THE FACT THAT I KEEP HAVING TO TAKE THE CAR IN FOR MUFFLER REPAIRS. TO DATE, THE VEHICLE HAS BEEN IN THE SHOP 5 (FIVE) TIMES FOR THE SAME PROBLEM, WHICH IS THE MUFFLER NOT HOLDING IT'S MOUNT THUS CAUSING BAD NOISES WHEN MAKING LEFT TURNS. IT WAS EVEN REPLACED ON THE SECOND OCCASION. FOR THE MOST PART I HAVE NO OTHER COMPLAINTS CONCERNING THE VEHICLE.
i get this car 4 weeks ago and 2 weeks after i got it the check engine light went on. a week after that, the passenger side window feel in the door. and judging by these other reviews, this happens quite a bit. i love the style and interior, nice and roomy, but i'm afraid it's going to expensive to maintain. i plan on getting a repair manual and doing most of the work myself.