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VW GTI (All styles)

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  • kevinckevinc Posts: 51
    Old news. The 1.8T is definitely coming, Feb-March timeframe should be about right. It will make its debut at the Detroit Auto Show in about 2 weeks.. may possibly be at the LA show as well.

    -kc-
  • When I purchased my 2000 GTI GLX back in November, I opted to wait on installing a sunroof wind deflector. I wanted to drive the car a bit to see if the small factory pop up deflector would suffice without having to clip on a larger version.

    Does anyone have any advice or opinions/ideas as to the pros/cons of installing an add-on unit?

    The last thing that I want to do is to spoil the look of the car or add additional wind noise.
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Alanforrest, I scribbled your double. Bear in mind that users can always scribble or hide their *own* notes. To do so, click on the post number, such as #69 above, and follow the prompts. If you double again, just follow the numbers!

    Hosts are the only ones who can hide or scribble posts that are not their own.

    carlady/host
  • trantitranti Posts: 51
    Dear Alanforrrest,
    I installed an air deflector on my sun roof. It reduces noise a lot, a lot...less than factory pop up; Moreover, without the air deflector on the roof likes a man without hat.
    Go ahead, buy a sun roof air deflector and you won't regret.
  • dflordflor Posts: 4
    after gettin my 10,000 oil change and tire rotation on my 99 gti, i was told that i did not
    need another oil change till 20,000 miles which
    seemed like a long time.
    i always thought that you should change your oil
    at least every 5000 miles can anyone comment on this?
  • I'm planning to change my oil every 2,500 miles or so. It's only $20 and it can't hurt. 10,000 mile intervals are too long, especially if you want to keep the car for a while.
  • jwgtijwgti Posts: 1
    After looking on my own for a VW GTI GLS '00 in the Central Florida area I was told by a local dealer that there were only 16 in the state. I went through CarOrder.com and within 3 weeks they located the GTI I wanted in Tampa and are shipping it to me. My question...just how hard are the GTI GLS's to find? I recently logged onto CarOrder.com and they are no longer offering the GLS and I noticed their price for a GLX has gone up to MSRP.
  • kevinckevinc Posts: 51
    I *hope* the GTI GLS you just found is a 1.8T and not the wheezy 2.0 motor?? The 2.0 is now being dropped and anything incoming will be the 1.8T, a **FAR** superior motor...

    -kc-
  • i have a brand new flash red vr6 (AWESOME) and want to upgrade wheels and suspension. i'm pretty much decided on dunlop sp9K tires, but I have a few questions:
    will i get better performance out of 18" than 17" due to shorter sidewall? is this just splitting hairs? the 18" LOOK pretty sweet but obviously cost more... (harshness of ride is not much of a factor since my last ride was a 99 miata).
    Suspension: am thinking about bilstein sport shocks with H&R springs. But what about Neuspeed springs or Koni shocks. I've read excellent things about all. What are the real differences for street performance?
    Sway bars: Are they really necessary after the above upgrades? And are neuspeed bars beefy enough for the new platform?

    Finally, intake and exhaust (don't want to chip engine). What are good brands beyond Neuspeed?

    Sorry for the long post, but I want to do the upgrades right the first time. My proposed budget for wheels/suspension is $4K.
    Thanks,
    John
  • i have a brand new flash red vr6 (AWESOME) and want to upgrade wheels and suspension. i'm pretty much decided on dunlop sp9K tires, but I have a few questions:
    will i get better performance out of 18" than 17" due to shorter sidewall? is this just splitting hairs? the 18" LOOK pretty sweet but obviously cost more... (harshness of ride is not much of a factor since my last ride was a 99 miata).
    Suspension: am thinking about bilstein sport shocks with H&R springs. But what about Neuspeed springs or Koni shocks. I've read excellent things about all. What are the real differences for street performance?
    Sway bars: Are they really necessary after the above upgrades? And are neuspeed bars beefy enough for the new platform?

    Finally, intake and exhaust (don't want to chip engine). What are good brands beyond Neuspeed?

    Sorry for the long post, but I want to do the upgrades right the first time. My proposed budget for wheels/suspension is $4K.
    Thanks,
    John
  • kevinckevinc Posts: 51
    Hi John.. I have a '99 and I went with 17" BBS RC's and SP9k's, and for suspension I have Bilstein Sports and H&R Sport springs. Drop was about 1", ride quality is firmer (natch) but VERY comfortable as a daily driver. The RC's are actually lighter than the stock wheels despite the increased size. I don't recommend 18's - handling is actually going to be negatively affected by the additional weight and ride quality will definitely suffer (which isn't important to you anyways, but..).

    As for intake/exhaust, there ain't a whole lot of horses to be gained here, and the open element stuff makes a lot of racket (music to some - not I!) and in hot weather will just suck in a lot of hot air and decrease performance, unless you have one with a nice heatshield setup of some kind. The stock exhaust is stainless and will last virtually forever so I'm sticking with it too. I "upgraded" the exhaust in my '97 GTI VR6 and regretted it dearly, because it created resonance inside the car that was almost unbearable - despite not being particularly loud outside.

    Good luck!

    -kc-
    '99 GTI GLX
    '86.5 Scirocco 16V 2.0
    http://www.geocities.com/klcoll
  • I hope everyone understands that not only are the VW GTI's hard to find at a dealer, factory replacement parts are extremely hard to get. I cracked up my 99 GTI on Dec. 15th and I still don't have it back because of problems getting factory replacement parts!!! To top it off, VW has acknowledged the problem but expects their customers to pay out of pocket for extended rental charges up front....then they will review the circumstances and decide whether or not to reimburse....THIS IS A NIGHTMARE!!! My rental bill is at $2000 already and I still don't have my car back.....is anyone else having this problem? The VW "customer Care Center" is of absolutely no help and has been evasive at best....BEWARE!
  • mznmzn Posts: 727
    Sounds like the trouble Ford Focus owners are encountering!

    carlady/host
  • I have a 2000 GTI GLX, and I have managed to damage the oilpan twice. The first time my dealer told me that it happen to another owner. The dealer had my car for three weeks. A week after getting it back, the same thing happened. Both times losing all of the oil. VW Roadside assistance said that the car sits lower than most and that they have had an increase of this type of damage. If anyone out there (Jetta GLX owners as well) has also damaged the oilpan, please let me know. VW has told me that there is a skid plate there just for this reason, as far as I can tell it doesn't cover the oilpan well enough to prevent this damage. I am starting the Lemon law process. I feel that the design of the car lends itself to this type of damage.
  • There have been a number of threads at vwvortex about the oil pan problem -- a lot of people have had it.
  • kevinckevinc Posts: 51
    The problem is not only the lousy ground clearance, but the WOEFULLY soft Buick-like suspension on the Golf/GTI/Jetta. Of all the people on VWVortex who have smashed a pan, they're all on stock suspensions. There are a TON of us there with aftermarket setups, most of which are lowered to some degree - and none of us has had a problem (knock on wood) - which I attribute to the fact that once some decent shocks are on the front, you're far less likely to smash the thing..

    -kc-
  • peter41peter41 Posts: 15
    Dilemma: 1) buy the new Golf 1.8t or 2) the bmw
    318ti '98 model with 10K miles. About the same
    price. The BMW is like new, and has over two years
    left on warranty (more than VW new!) and full
    maintenance until 36K miles.

    Any thoughts on this? I want a fun, well-built,
    safe hatchback for under 20K. Few choices out
    there... Thanks.

    PS: I don't really care about chipping, mods, and which has better 0-60 stats. Handling, reliability/durability, safety etc. more important.
  • kevinckevinc Posts: 51
    ..the Golf. Why? It's a new car, for one thing. You can't beat a 10 yr/100k mile powertrain warranty. Also the 318ti is a really cheapo car for a BMW - they REALLY cut corners on that thing to keep the cost down. Rear suspension is from previous generation, dashboard was cheapened, etc.

    -kc-
  • nimalexnimalex Posts: 2
    Well, I am on my way to buy the GTI 1.8T and was surprised to find out that the air conditioning is not automatic on that model. I come from Europe and there (besides other little differences) the GTI 1.8T comes standard with climatronic.

    The GLX is way to powerful for the US( In third gear you already are above the maximum possible speed), I don't want leather and is too expensive in comparison with the 1.8T. Therefore I chose the 1.8T.

    However, I like the automatic A/C. Do you know if there is a way to have the GTI 1.8T with automatic A/C in the US?

    Thanks
  • nimalexnimalex Posts: 2
    Well, I am on my way to buy the GTI 1.8T and was surprised to find out that the air conditioning is not automatic on that model. I come from Europe and there (besides other little differences) the GTI 1.8T comes standard with climatronic.

    The GLX is way to powerful for the US( In third gear you already are above the maximum possible speed), I don't want leather and is too expensive in comparison with the 1.8T. Therefore I chose the 1.8T.

    However, I like the automatic A/C. Do you know if there is a way to have the GTI 1.8T with automatic A/C in the US?

    Thanks
  • kevinckevinc Posts: 51
    Too bad we can't swap - I have a GTI GLX and I absolutely HATE the Climatronic, and would give my left nut to have "normal" manual controls. I hate getting into the car in 60 degree weather at dusk and having the AC blast me in the face! It works "ok" in cold weather, keeping the car comfortably warm, but in average/warm/hot weather, I HATE the stupid decisions the thing makes. And the buttomns are too small, too low on the dash, and impossible to fiddle with (safely) with the car moving. And the display is hard to read in daylight, and too low to look down at in any light.

    Can you tell I don't care for it? :0

    To answer your question - you're stuck. The only way to get it in a Golf or Jetta here is in a GLX model, and that means VR6, wood trim, and all the other GLX stuff.

    -kc-
  • johnny282johnny282 Posts: 34
    Hi, first I should say that I'm a convert, I was planning to get a Subaru 2.5 RS until I found out that the GTI is now offered with the 1.8T. Why the change of heart? $3000 price reduction from the GLX, that's why! Also, no one is sure what Subaru is bringing to the States in 2001. So, as you can tell I'm pretty excited. I took my wife to our dealer in Tucson to show her a golf, so she could see the body/interior styling. The salesman asks if we would walk with him. In the very back, right off the truck, was a black GTI 1.8t with all the protective film etc. still on. My wife was shocked that this car with leather and the monsoon system was $20,999! He let us sit in and turn on the stereo, and showed us some of the features. Tomorrow if it's ready, he's gonna let me drive it. I've never driven a car with that motor in it so I'm really curious as to how it compares to my 96 Neon Sport Coupe DOHC. Too bad it's black, I wouldn't have a black car in Arizona, especially if it has a black leather interior! After I drive it I'll post again to let you know my humble opinion. Oh, I've heard rumors that VW dealers are marking their cars up tremendously. Our dealer doesn't do that, they charge only MSRP. $500 will start the ordering process, puts you on a list, kinda like they did with the New Beatles.
    -John
  • johnny282johnny282 Posts: 34
    Well, I got to drive the car, and man, what a screamer! The article here at Edmunds says it's an 8 sec 0-60 car, there's no way, this thing is much faster. The scary thing is that it's also very quiet. 70 MPH snuck up on me in a hurry, totally caught me off guard. I also loved cruising at 45 in 5th, punching the gas, feeling the turbo spool up, and going to 70 in an instant. This car makes my Neon feel like a pinto. I want to wait till the 2001 comes out so I can get the better suspension, but I don't know if I can wait that long. I haven't had that much fun in a car in quite a while. If I could change one thing, I would put the 16" wheels from the GLX on this car, would probably sharpen the steering feel a little, but then again the sport suspension in 2001 might do the same. I want a red one, where do I sign...
    :-)
    -John
  • brooks10brooks10 Posts: 2
    Does anyone have experience in purchasing a VW GTI in Europe, and having it shipped to the US? I noticed that there are some differences in the US and Euro versions, most of which would be nice to have here (such as a trip computer on the GTI 1.8T)
    Any idea when the 2001's come out?

    thanks,
    Jack
  • brooks10brooks10 Posts: 2
    Does anyone have experience in purchasing a VW GTI in Europe, and having it shipped to the US? I noticed that there are some differences in the US and Euro versions, most of which would be nice to have here (such as a trip computer on the GTI 1.8T)
    Any idea when the 2001's come out?

    thanks,
    Jack
  • nedzelnedzel Posts: 787
    Jack: Sorry but you can't do it. VW does not have a European delivery program and you can't import a European model into the US. Some manufacturers (e.g., Mercedes, Porsche, BMW) have a European delivery program where you buy it in the US, you pick up a US model in Europe, drive it for a week or two, then they ship it over. But the European models are not the same as the US models and EPA/DOT will not let you import a European model. Jared
  • My `97 Jetta GT is my 8th VW, my 9th according to the VW dealer was built last week in Wolfsburg. I drove the GTI VR6, GTI 1.8T auto, and a Jetta 1.8T stick. Ordered a Tropic Orange 1.8T stick. On balance, for performance and cost, the $10K I saved on the Audi TT I originally wanted will easily fund the chip, fuel pressure module, and 2.5 inch exhaust system, suspension mods and tire upgrades and still save me $5K. There seems to be a very active discussion on the merits of Ford's Focus vs. the GTI. Here is the bottom line, I totalled my `83 Scirocco and the `79 Olds Cutlass that I ran into so hard that the entire front of my VW was folded-up back and broke the engine mounts. As for me, I unfastened my seatbelt and walked away without a scratch. I seriously doubt that a lightweight inexpensive Focus would have taken a hit of that magnitude. There is a very real reason that Volkswagens cost more, THEY ARE WORTH IT. Beware cheap substitutions.
  • markjkmarkjk Posts: 1
    My new GTI is one fantastic car. Only problem is
    the lights (internal/external)occasionally go out for a split second, especially whenever I slow down or shift. The car is about 6 months old, has 3600 miles. I've also noticed that when I lower or raise the windows (electric) that the headlights dim, even when cruising down the 'bahn.
    Anyone else experienced this type of problem or have any suggestions? thanks................
  • ceff7ceff7 Posts: 5
    I have a 2000 GTI/GLX (purchased in Oct.99). Last
    week, I took it in for a 'slight' hesitation
    problem, and I was told that they would have to
    look inside of the engine. I was told that the
    something was wrong with the pistons (they kept
    using the term, "Out of Round"). Yesterday, I went
    in, and was told that "piston slap" was taking
    place.

    They use these terms freely and authoritatively at
    the service center, and I'm curious to know if
    anyone has had an engine problem like this (or
    heard of it).

    I'm not worried about the whole thing, because the
    car is only 10,000 miles old, and I KNOW how well
    it operated before this MAJOR maintenance. I plan
    to practically LIVE at the service center, if they
    don't fix it properly.

    Also, if I have to go into the LEMON-LAW stuff,
    what is the best way to approach that whole thing?
    I don't "expect" to have to do that, but I would
    like to know nevertheless.

    Thanks in advance for your input.

    Cef
  • ceff7ceff7 Posts: 5
    I agree! I really like this car!! The most fun I have had driving, since my '83 Rabbit/GTI.

    I have seen all of those symptoms. I attributed those things to the operation of Hi-current devices (like the windows and/or air conditioner). It happens very rarely in my GLX, and it is no more severe than other cars I have owned. Whatever is causing it, my be more severe in some cars than others.

    Cef
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