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VW GTI (All styles)

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  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Your dealer told you that your manual was a typo? Geez. If you want to have a little fun with them, ask them to put that in writing and then send it to VWoA. ;)

    FWIW, the reason your service indicator is recommending service at 15,000 miles is because your dealership didn't reset it for the 10,000 mile increment following the 10,000 mile service.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • gogogodzillagogogodzilla MarylandPosts: 698
    I've got a 2006 GTI (Mark V version). At the time I bought it, the dealership here recommended following the manual's service plan.

    And so far, they haven't changed their mind about it. IE: oil change/service every 5,000 miles.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    And so far, they haven't changed their mind about it. IE: oil change/service every 5,000 miles.

    Funny thing, I suspect that if you actually check your manual, you'll see that only the first oil change (or maybe two) were required to be at the 5,000 mile interval. From there on in, I believe that your manual recommends oil changes every 10,000 miles.

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • Hello there. I'm buying a new car and I love the 2009 VW GTI but have heard some TERRIBLE things about Volks' reliability. People that have owned them have told me about all sorts of problems from transmissions to the brakes going. Will someone who has owned Volks please comment on this. Are they well made cars?

    A bit late of a reply, but I will answer. My two VWs, originally owned, have 270,000+ miles on them since new, with very low cost of ownership, and very few problems. My 1993 Golf has never stranded me, and my 2000 Passat has had only one significant problem, which was that the water pump failed early (common on that model year).

    The reliability of cars has increased steadily over the past decades, and so has VW's. It is at a point where in real terms, reliability of most of these cars is almost indistinguishable, and mute as a car buying point. Only magazines and organizations that make a living out of this are trying to exaggerate these minute differences in reliability. The 2.5l-engined VWs have received "recommended buys" from Consumer Reports, and above average ratings. The early MkV GTIs had slightly more problems, but for most of them, nothing serious to speak of. Later GTIs are rock solid. With 2008.5, all have a completely revised engine which so far has proven extremely reliable, wit none of the minor weak spots previously noticed. :)
  • leonfamleonfam Posts: 21
    Looking at buying a 2003 GTI. approx 60k miles. Gonna run it through the standard checks first. Wondered if this group had any comments on specific reliability areas I should watch out for.

    Definitely the urban rumor and Consumer Reports ratings suggest that the cars are unreliable. Thoughts? And how can I find out how pricey repairs are compared to a BMW?
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    More than almost any other car, late model VWs are sensitive to the type of oil used. If you are seriously considering a used VW, it is extremely important that you look at the maintenance records. If the car has not been fed with an exclusive diet of oil that is certified to meet the VW 502.00 oil specification (or 505.01, which is a diesel engine oil spec that is even more robust than the base oil spec), take a pass.

    http://www.audiusa.com/etc/medialib/cms4imp/audi2/aoa/company/aoa-specific.Par.0- 023.File.pdf

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • Don't buy a used VW unless someone has a gun to your head. You will have problems galore. Buy a Honda instead. Trust me!!!
  • just picked up my 2009 gti. any resources on how to operate the ipod adapter? i'm starting to guess that it's not full integration...
  • I have an order with them for a nav system. Did a lot of research before dropping that kind of cash on a system. Vagnavs seemed to be set up to make the process easy with all inclusive kits and custom programming so that all that is required is a primarily plug and play installation.

    There has been one very frustrating problem however, as I was just notified that my order will not ship out right away and that it's going to be a few extra days. I think that everything should have been in stock, ready to program and ship. I had expected to receive it in less than a week, now I will have to wait a few long days more, which is like torture because I'm so eager to get this unit in place.

    But if the unit arrives with everything and as the website advertises then it should be a good deal and a great source for OEM upgrade navs.

    I will post here when the transaction is complete to give a more complete answer.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Does it have Nav or not? Nav models need part number 000 051 446 C. Thats the special iPod cable your dealer can order you. The non nav model works like a CD changer. CD's 1-5 are playlists and then CD 6 is your songs. No text on this one. The 09's with Nav with that special cable get full on integration. Even shows the song titles.
  • Got my rns-e navigation unit from Vagnavs yesterday and so far all is well and I can confidently recommend them if you're in the market.
    There were a couple problems, one a slight delay, another a missing adapter. But both issues were handled promptly and well. The communication was good, they answered emails quickly and the quality of the gear was right on and the programming seems to have been done right.
  • It's not quite true.
    the worst reliable car among VW line ups is 2007 Passat VR6 AWD which is from GERMANY. Touareg V8 is known as bad reliable car too, which is from GERMANY.
    GTI is not reliable car but it seems to happen to some people, not to all people who own GTI. So, if you are buying it, I strongly recommend extended warranty.
  • Or save some dough and just expect to ditch the car before the warranty is up.
  • Speaking of reliability, my 2008 (purchased in Dec. 07) had a glitch in the control module that caused the driver-side mirror turn signal to not function properly. Got it fixed under warranty and everything seems to work OK now. I still love to drive the car, but probably will ditch it after 100k miles because that's when my extended warranty (from Geico) expires. As for maintenance, I found a good local shop to do the scheduled repairs, because I don't really trust the dealers. Plus, they're less expensive and I can actually talk to the mechanic that worked on the car (versus talking to service rep.'s at the dealers). However, for warranty/recall service, I would still take it to the dealer.

    I have the IPOD kit and it works OK, although the song names don't get displayed. The only functionality is that you can scroll through different playlists on your IPOD. However, I've lost my IPOD and have been playing music on the CD/MP3 player. That displays the song name and seems to work better than the IPOD adapter.

    All in all, I'm pretty satisfied with the car. Love taking it out early morning and have some fun on the semi-empty highways.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    Looks like the MKV GTI is going out of production so the 09's are going to be rare. The Wolfsburg factory has converted the MKV lines to MKVI lines. MKVI is currently sold in Europe. In September the 2010 GTI MKVI will come out and it does look nice. It has some nice features like full iPod integration and bluetooth. Full iPod integration requires a special cable (p/n 000 051 446 C) but it does integrate the iPod. Currently the RNS-510 works with the Media-In, and it's special cable but new radios that are Media-In compatible are coming soon. Hope this helps.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    "Looks like the MKV GTI is going out of production so the 09's are going to be rare."

    More like, "Has long since gone out of production."

    I tried finding a MKV Rabbit 5-Speed back in October and dealer after dealer told me that all they had left coming in were automatics and that the production line had already been shut down. In frusteration I went out and bought a Mazda3 5-Speed instead. Annoying. :mad:

    Best regards,
    Shipo
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,074
    The MKV Jetta SportWagen is still in production. Well the MKVI is a different vehicle even though it's based on the MKV. The 2010 Rabbit MKVI is making some changes. It's going more upscale with new tech features like a HDD navi system, full iPod integration, multi function steering wheel, bluetooth, and a highline MFD cluster. Don't worry about it being the entry level vehicle. VWoA is bringing the Polo to do just that.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Jettas don't count as they're not slated for the change-over to the MKVI until well into 2010.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Damn! My '08 GTI is already outdated! But it only has 6500k miles on it! Shipo, do you want to buy it? :P
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    Sorry my friend, I just got the Mazda3, and while it is not as nice a ride as the Bunny and the GTI, it will have to do until I pass it along to my kids (both of whom will need to learn how to drive a stick if they want to drive it :) ). I'm thinking that depending on how things go for us financially, I might actually be in a position to let them drive the Mazada and get myself a nice MKVI GTI sometime in 2010. :shades:

    Best regards,
    Shipo
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