Used 1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

1999 Volkswagen GTI

1999 Highlights

Volkswagen offers two generations of the sporty Golf-based GTI for sale in 1999. The third-generation GTI has been around since 1995, and it is a carryover. VW drops the sluggish four-cylinder version and offers only the VR6. Later in the model year, the company introduces a completely redesigned GTI with a smoother body and improved versions of the base inline four and VR6.


  • Fun to drive, comfortable ride, hatchback utility, solid construction, lots of standard features, generous 10-year/100,000-mile powertrain warranty.


  • Weak base engine, softer than other sport coupes/hatchbacks, some controls hard to decipher, CD player should be standard.

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Features & Specs

GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear)GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear)VR6 2dr Hatchback
Transmission5-speed manual5-speed manual5-speed manual
Horsepower174 hp @ 5800 rpm115 hp @ 5200 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

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no probs
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.
Your windows WILL stop working.
I've had this car for a year, and would love it if the power windows haven't ceased working THREE times and if I hadn't found someone waiting with me at the dealership while getting it fixed who had the same problem. It would bother me if VW would admit to the problem with the design and fix it. VW dealerships are the most arrogant I've ever dealt with.
Used 1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback Overview

The Used 1999 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback is offered in the following styles: VR6 2dr Hatchback, GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (midyear), and GLS 2dr Hatchback (midyear).

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