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VW GTI (All styles)



  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    I was told here in Dallas, the 3 door showed up one day a Month early. And the 5 door was not out of the question for April-May.

  • > As for long-term reliability, I would take a well-maintained VW any day over a Honda or Toyota.

    I definitely agree with you and poggensee. I bought my 1997 Jetta Trek (which had 80,000 miles on it) from my local VW dealer. After replacing the coil (which was probably why the previous owner traded it in) a tuneup, and a little TLC (synthetic oil changes w/OEM oil filters), I've been driving it ever since without any problems (the car just turned 170,000 on the odometer).
  • I just returned a brand new 2006 gti to the dealer after only 2 days and voided the contract due to the a/c blowing hot air with the a/c @ 65 degrees. Also, the radio and cd player volume drops in and out for no apparent reason. I currently have a loaner car from the dealer while I await a new gti from germany. It will be arriving march 15 and I have till then to decide if to buy the gti or just return the loaner and get a honda. I was advised by several friends not to get a vw due to reliability issues but after researching the gti and reading how vw has vowed to improve these issues I decided to buy the gti. I am disappointed because for the short time I had the car I fell in love with the car's interior and the ride. What do you think I should do? :(
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 698
    Well, yesterday I traded in my old VW GTI for the new Mark V GTI.

    And mine does indeed blow hot air when I set it to 65 degrees. HOWEVER, it was 22 degrees this morning, so that makes sense. Once it reached 65 degrees, though, the hot air stopped and the climate control worked properly.

    Could it be that it was a chilly morning in which setting the climate control to 65 would warrant hot air? My folks live in Florida and have said that it's been kind of chilly last week.

    As for the radio, I have noticed that the volume does drop sometimes. Mainly due to a loss in signal reception. The only station that I've found it happening to is the one station that my last car's radio had trouble picking up at times.

    I haven't tried the CD player yet, so I can't really comment.
  • Wow, your dealer must earn a lot of money to allow you to "void your contract" and give you a loaner due to radio reception issues. From what you are saying, it seems to me, perhaps this is not the right car for you. But then, I don't know what car would be.
  • Guys, it wasn't a chilly morning and it wasn't the climate control working, it was a malfunction that happend for 2 days. If the a/c was set to its coldest it was fine but as soon as you notched it up 1 degree it would activate the heater and blow as hot as it possibly could. As far as the radio it was happening with the cd and radio so it wasn't the reception. I would not post if I wasn't sure of what I was saying. The manager at the dealer was nice enough to give me a second new gti for 2 days while they checked the problems, the 2nd gti had the same problem with the radio which the manager admitted there was a problem. As far as the 1st gti they couldn't get the a/c to reproduce the problem but they admiitted that they had heard of a possible cause. They also said they couldn't figure out why the cd and radio were doing that. They took the 2nd gti back and yes were nice enough to give me a loaner jetta while they ordered another gti. I wasn't trying to offend you guys just trying to get some input. Previous cars, honda accord ex v6, 2003 mustang cobra which was stolen thats why I'm buying this car. :)
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 698
    Try having the dealer look for a similar GTI from the surrounding VW dealerships in the state. There should be a few others around in Florida or Georgia.
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038

    This is at VW of Coconut Creek, FL. Not sure if that's where your dealer is but this should increase chances of getting a GTI with climate control that does not have the same issue you described. I know in FL, we live and die by the A/C. :)
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 698
    Holey Moley!

    That's a lot of GTI's. Oh yes, that's a lot of GTI's.

  • dl7265dl7265 Posts: 1,381
    No Joke ! and color coated to boot. Our local 7 dealers have between 3-6 cars each....

  • Good pictures! My dealer said they can see all the gti in the USA and that there were not any available that were black with 0 option package and automatic. I didn't believe them so I called 3 different VW dealers and they all said they had that car. My dealer said they were lying to me because they just wanted me to come to their location. My dealer told me to ask them for a vin #, once I did that all of a sudden they said OH! we don't have a black auto with 0 option package. So finally my dealer gave me 2 options a black gti with auto & option package 1 (sunroof and sirius) for $500 usually $1300 or wait until march 15 for one to arrive from germany which was on a boat in germany. I said I'd wait but now I think I should have taken the option 1 for $500.
  • Hi there,

    What are the chances that, sometime in the VERY near future in the land of the free we will begin to see the Golf V GTI in 4 doors as the rest of the World has.

    I have recently emigrated to the US and, to my horror, the Golf V GTI is not only UN-available in the US, but may end up coming in a 2 door derivative?

    I once had the pleasure of owning this sweet pea, and this is what it looked like:

    I had a metallic blue color though. But just wanted to show that, unlike the rest of the World, we're a pretty isolated bunch here.
  • If you look at the posts above, you can see that the GTI has indeed been available in the US (for about a month, now).

    The 5-door GTI is projected to arrive end of July, the Golf end of June. :shades:
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    July 29th is the day to look forward to. I, myself, am holding out for the 5-door. Hopefully, VW will make it a 2007 model and have launch control. :)
  • crikeycrikey Posts: 1,038
    bailey, I think I would have taken option #1. See if they will still give you the same deal. Good Luck.
  • nmrtnmrt Posts: 56
    Last week i bought a Mk IV 1.8T GTI. i would appreciate if someone would shed some light on the functionality of a rear spoiler for the GTI that is sold by VW as an accessory. is it mostly aesthetic or does it really create appreciable downforce?

  • allhorizonallhorizon Posts: 483
    I guess I could also mention here that the GTI won against the SI and the JCW supercharged Mini Cooper in the April R&T comparison.
  • Hey GTI fans.I just got my 06 VW GTI yesterday and wanted to share it with all of you. I put up numerous pictures of the vehicle in and out on my carspace. Just look for the Talbotautos name. Please send me your feedback to my carspace mail box. I love the car but I want to hear what my fellow GTI fans thing. Thanks again guys.
  • SylviaSylvia Posts: 1,636
    Nice photos! I saw them on your page at

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