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  • geosamgeosam Posts: 18
    Yes it does sound good IF out the door means after taxes and fees. Carsdirect has the prices at 25K before taxes and fees in Florida. 48 mos at 0% financing is the icing on the cake. Enjoy your new GTI.

  • mondogtimondogti Posts: 1
    '08 GTI w/ cloth
    - DSG
    - Sunroof
    - 18" Hufs w/all seasons
    - Ipod adapter

    $25K plus T&TL. 2.9% for 36 mo.
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    Woot, I just traded in my 2006 Honda EX coupe automatic :surprise: for a red 2008 GTI auto.
    Back in 2005 I was one of the first people in southern AZ to have the 2006 coupe. It was a great car and was a significant improvement from the 1996 Civic I last owned. I loved the new 2 tier instrument panel too. The only missing thing was the navigation system. Moving forward to the present.
    I started to look at the latest Honda's and was about to purchase a new Civic (yes the same model just new) with navigation when I decided to take a GTI for a spin. Back in 2005 I did take a GLI for a test drive and was left with good feelings except for the bad reputation the VW had. Back to today, as I was driving off the lot I was instantly sold on the GTI. It has low end torque and the ride is nicer than the Civic. The whole package is an upgrade from the Civic. I probably should sacrifice something to the reliability god :) but of course that would be against the law. However I do hope the GTI is reliable. One thing about my old Civic is I had two issues which required a trip to the dealer. Nothing serious but it still required dealer repair. I expect a couple of trips to the VW dealer and higher maintenance costs but we'll see. The price before tax and license was $24200.00 for a DSG, 17" wheels, moon roof, tinted windows and bad weather mats. The only option I did want was mud guards however its not an option for 2008, how odd.
    Well I look forward to many great commutes and trips around my area. Oh I bought it from the only VW dealer in southern AZ. Also I used an internet buying service :shades:
  • imontoyaimontoya Posts: 29
    You should enjoy the GTI a great deal more than the Civic. I have had no major problems with my GTI and I am now at just over 13,000 miles. I have developed a few minor squeaks but I have yet to experience a silent car after 10K miles (Acura, BMW, Mitsubishi, Nissan and Mazdas in my past). From reading at another site the most heard complaints have been the PCV valve and the Diverter Valve but that seems to be more of an issue for 'chipped' cars. A very few have had issues with the fuel pump. The DSG service is pricey and these cars do have a timing belt, not a chain. I am setting aside some money for those two services. Plus you do have synthetic oil, but oil changes are at 5K to 10k and they haven't been too bad price wise. This has been the best car I've owned so far. As for the mud guards let me know when you find a good after market source for those I can't seem to find them.
  • razorasdfrazorasdf Posts: 61
    There is a huge aftermarket for the GTI as I've learned in the last few months of owning one.

    For mudflaps, the website to go to is ECS Tuning. Scroll down all the way to the bottom and you'll see the mudflap kit for the front and rear.

    Also, check out this VWVortex thread for a list of good websites to go to for all of your aftermarket needs.
  • baluk1baluk1 Posts: 1
    Would it be possible to find a GTI with only DSG and almost no other options. I don't really need anything else. I'm in SoCal btw
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    Well, I have sad news. My brand new GTI with approximately 200 miles was vandalized. I was at our local YMCA and was away from my GTI for no more than 35 minutes. My drivers side window and door got rocks thrown at them. The window shattered but was held in place by the tint and the door has three dings :cry: I want to yell! It happened last Saturday. I had a vacation trip the following Monday. My car was in the garage for the four days I was on my trip. Once back I still couldn't drive my GTI. The shattered window made it impossible to see out that side. On Friday Safelite auto glass was going to repair the window but they failed. First they brought the wrong glass. Then when they located the correct glass the technician removed the interior door panel. He looked at how the window was installed and determined that the outside door panel had to be removed in order to replace the glass. What, you looked inside to determine how to replace the glass? Don't you have a manual on how to work on my car? I didn't ask them that but they wanted me to return the following day to do the work correctly :mad: I went home, now minus the shattered glass and no new glass either, called my insurance company and told them I wanted the dealer to fix my car. So here comes another week without my GTI and an additional out of pocket expense in the form of deductible :sick: Hopefully it will be good as new.
    I'll then work on the mud guards :cry:
  • razorasdfrazorasdf Posts: 61
    Ouch, I'm sorry to hear that. :(

    The day I bought my GTI I drove it about 40 miles from the dealership to my job. I was going out to the car all day just to gaze at it, but about 30 minutes before I was going to leave, I went to the car to get my jacket and show it to someone, and the passenger's side window was smashed. Someone broke in, scratched up the passenger door a lot, and stole some stuff from the car. Really pissed me off.

    Unfortunately, these things happen, but at least the car is mechanically sound with relatively minor damage. Even better is that you're okay, and nobody tried to break into the car with you in it. Once you get back behind the wheel you'll smile again, trust me. ;)
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    Well, I got my GTI back on June 2 basically one month after the vandalism. The repair looks good and I don't have any wind noise or rattles. I also had the 2007 GTI mud guards installed and they do fit. They look good. My only other accessory of interest is the iPod adaptor. I don't know if its worth the cost. Prior to getting my GTI back I had been driving numerous GM rental cars and had forgotten why I bought the GTI. But it all came back within the first mile of driving the GTI.
  • bfluegiebfluegie Posts: 21
    Has anyone heard if the special financing (0% for 48 months) will be extended into July?
  • galeragalera Posts: 1
    Even better. 0% for 60mos

  • bfluegiebfluegie Posts: 21
    That's almost enough to make me wish I had waited. I took the plunge last night and got the 0% for 48 months. Red, cold weather package, ipod adapter, sunroof, all weather mats/cargo mat. Nah, I'd probably have dragged my feet, waited until the end of this month and miss out on a month of fun in my new ride.
  • 2008 GTI grey metallic; +AT +"winter package" $25,130 +TTL
    $440 x 60 month (0% interest) including GAP insurance.
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    I have unfortunate news. Back in June 08 one of my co-workers had a problem with her 2007 GTI. Her GTI had approximately 19K miles and she says it was a babied car. However her GTI left here stranded at an intersection in Tucson, AZ on a 100 degree day. She took it to the dealer and they fixed it but only after two trips. The dealer said it was a known problem with the fuel injection system. First of all if VW knows about a problem why wait until it leaves a customer stranded? Better yet my co-worker is pregnant and the last thing she needs to be doing is pushing a car. The dealer also screwed up. When she got her car back for the fuel injection issue they forgot to reconnect the A/C. So here she is in Tucson, AZ during the hottest part of the year without A/C.

    The short of this drama is I went down to the Honda dealer and traded in the Red GTI (1,700 miles) for a reliable Civic EX. Yes I lost some money but when you factor in the expensive maintenance, lower MPG, questionable reliability and lost days at the VW dealer the Honda savings will surpass the up front trade-in loss. Oh well, that is what you get when you let impulsive buying take control. BTW I fully owned the GTI so I only had to pay for the trade in difference. I know some folks don't have the option to just trade in a auto but I could and decided to just walk away. Good luck with your GTI's, they do feel very nice on the road though.

    Too bad Honda hasn't figured out how to get torque and quiet interiors in their cars yet!
  • Too bad about that dealership. I don't think I could go to an econo car like a Civic after the GTI. I drove my dad's '07 Civic and hated it, but it is good at what is it: a plain vanilla commuter car. I have had only minor little issues on my GTI, such as an occasional rattle and the radio volume issue - the same sort of stuff my Acura CL. BMW 328, and Mazda3s had. I think we all roll the dice with every car purchase.
  • hpowdershpowders Posts: 4,321
    he could have stepped up to the reliable VW Rabbit. Almost as much fun as the GTI without the fuel injection engine problems.

    CR rates the Rabbit as better than average and the GTI as worse than average in reliability.
  • So let me get this straight: Your co-worker had a problem with her GTI so you traded in your GTI which had no problems as yet. Back in the day my mother had a problem with her Maxima but I never did with mine but, using your logic, if she had a problem than I should have sold my Maxima even thought I never had a problem with it. What? You turned in a great car and lost money all because someone else had a problem with their GTI.
  • boostboost Posts: 1
    I just wanted to help out other GTI shoppers. Remember negotiate, negotiate, negotiate.

    $500 down, $350 per month.
    39 months, 15k mi. per year.

    2009 2dr GTI
    Autobahn Package
    Sunroof/18 in. wheel Package

    This was in Florida.

    Awesome car so far!!!!
  • Please teach me the secrets. I got screwed on my lease.
  • This deal is not extraordinary at all. I got the same car with same packages/options in Atlanta for $350/month but I didn't have to put the $500 down and I got to that price within 5 minutes so it has nothing to do with "negotiate, negotiate, negotiate"
    Getting a good price on a GTI right now is easy due to the sign then drive program.
  • Trying to determine different dealer quotes for leasing a 09 GTI 4door, standard, sunroof option. One dealer quoted me MRSP 25,938 with selling price $24,520
    that comes to a $255 monthly payment ($2k down with $1K trade in)..a residual value of 56% or 14,525 buy out.

    A different dealer quoted my $338 monthly payment. Is the $255 a good deal for 39 monthly lease
  • Boost / Car_man...anyone!

    I'm in Miami and was looking at a GTI which is equipped identically to the one you leased. Where in Florida was this and who was your salesman? Does your payment of $350 include tax?

    I have an acquaintance who's the finance manager at a local dealer in Miami. We've been working on some preliminary numbers and with him giving me the car at invoice - the payments come out to $390-ish with tax. This is with zero out of pocket at inception. He is lumping in the dealer fee of $599 and claims his superiors won't let him remove it. This brings the sale price to $27,252 (sticker is $28,540).

    I can't recall the specifics at the moment but this is working off of the current MF and residuals for the sign-then-drive deal. I believe the MF is .00156. this was also for 12k miles - not the 15k you're getting!

    I would totally jump in if my payment were $350...we must talk!

    Here's my e-mail address: [email protected]

  • I am in Boston... Here is my lease deal for the 09 GTI (4door) signed yesterday.

    MSRP 25,938
    Selling Price 24,520
    2k cash and 1K trade in
    monthly lease for 39 months = 255.53
  • Going to pick up my new White, 4-Door GTI w/DSG, 18'' Wheels and Sunroof, Cloth Seats tonight in Birmingham, Alabama. Here's the numbers:

    26640 = MSRP
    25193 = Selling Price
    149.50 = Doc Fee
    950.34 = Sales Tax
    16.50 = Title
    26309.34 = Out the Door

    Excited! Used Edmunds to get quotes from Birmingham and Atlanta and got the best deal in Birmingham. Good luck to others....
  • Hi, this is my first post! I am getting ready to negotiate a lease on a 2009 GTI, sticker $26,640 with an invoice of $25,293. This is also the price the dealer said he could sell it for, however another VW dealer said he could go 3% under invoice. VW just extended their "Sign and Drive" lease until Dec. 1. Does anybody know what the current money factor and residual % is? I'm looking at 12,000 miles/year. Thanks for your help in advance.
  • residual for mine was $14K based on same $25K price
  • Hello - Looking to purchase either a pre-owned GTI or new...depends on my trade-in. Anyway, I started the quote process through Edmunds and received a call from a dealer that told me GTI's are not currently in production for another 9 months? Everything that is available now is it. Anyone know if this is true? Also, this is one of those dealers that adds $3K in crap to the stripes, scotch guard interior, etc. I hate when they do that.
  • I was looking for a fun car and had a great experience at Jim Ellis VW of Marietta, GA. Has luxury pkg.,clean title, 23k miles, 3y/36k mi. ext. warranty and paid 19800 OTD. Love the moonson radio, will get ipod connector installed. Any suggestions on where to get VW accesories cheaper than dealer, like a bra, spoiler?
  • Wow, that seems like a lot for that car. I'm trying to sell my 2005 Mercedes C230 Kompressor, 4-door sedan, Supercharged, almost all options, for 17k. 37k miles.
  • There is a site called 'VW Vortex' that has links to all sorts of good VW sites. Other retailers like 'ECS' have decent prices.
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