Issues w/ terminal connections, burnt out fuse box on battery, always replacing head light/blinker and brake lights. Engine light always on, airbag light always on (had to replace seat belt buckle 4x's) newest addition, blown engine w/ 85k miles. Now replaced w/ rebuilt engine 2 weeks ago and engine light back on. Can you say lemon! Do not buy this car!
Bought a slightly used 337 while I was looking for a 20th Anniv. model and have never regretted it. It replaced (directly) an '89 GTi 16V and I have to say the build quality of the newer car FAR exceeds the old. The North American 337s were built in Brazil, so they do not suffer many of the Mexican GTi problems (windows do not fall out, etc.). Handles incredibly well even in stock configuration. The Audi-sourced brakes and 6-speed make excellent additions.
Recaro seats, reliability, solid road performance in any weather. Cavernous cargo space for a hatch and a real spare tire (even if it isn't a 19"). Monsoon sound system is more than adequate unless you are a pretentious audio snob.
MAF, coolant temp. sensors and coil packs are still weaknesses. The Bosch electrics are not what they used to be, so the MIL is a frequent site. Feels a bit big for a GTi, but at least it still only has 2-doors (real GTis DO NOT HAVE 4-DOORS or automatic transmissions). Tires are expensive.
Have had since new, fun to drive, handles great around corners good power at high rpms and good gas mileage. Sixth VW owned this is the best car so far. The GTi has had some things break but nothing major. Will be on my third set of tires. Still has the new car appeal after 7 yrs and has an excellent resale value. Some of things that need improvement are the cup holders location and peeling from the audio unit. Seats are still firm but fading. Over all the car is great and would recommend this vehicle. Will pass this vehicle to my son and purchase a new model.
Exterior, 18" BBS Wheels, Recaro Seats, Moonsoon Sound System, Cargo room, key feature to roll down and up windows, performance.
Location of cupholders and nothing that would peel from side panels and around audio.
I picked up this car used from a good friend of mine. This car is SUPER fun to drive. The car corners excellent. Very few mods can make it a very fast little car. Many mods are available for them as well. Such as interior, mine has imported blue Recaro GTI seats they fit right in the car. The car looks extremely sporty inside and out. Fuel economy is excellent as well if the car is driven right it'll get above 30 MPG. The blue and red gauges are very very attractive looking as well and give the car and upper class feel.
I really like the engine. There is some turbo lag but when it begins to make boost, especially when the ECU is chipped. The overall number of features that come with the car is really nice.
The Y shaped breather hose could be made a little stronger. The clutch doesn't seem to be as grabby at some times as opposed to others