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VW GTI (All styles)



  • 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: 1,076
    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,
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    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,
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    2010 GTI 2-DR 2.0T MANUAL

    2010 GTI 2-DR 2.0T AUTO

    2010 GTI 4-DR 2.0T MANUAL

    2010 GTI 4-DR 2.0T AUTO

    2010 RABBIT GTD 2-DR 2.0L MANUAL

    2010 RABBIT GTD 2-DR 2.0L MANUAL

    2010 RABBIT GT 2-DR 2.5L MANUAL

    2010 RABBIT GT 2-DR 2.5L AUTO

    2010 RABBIT GTD 4-DR 2.0L AUTO

    2010 RABBIT GTD 4-DR 2.0L AUTO

    2010 RABBIT GT 4-DR 2.5L AUTO

    GTI colors showing are: Deep Black Pearl, Tornado Red, Candy White, Carbon Steel Gray

    Rabbit colors showing are: Candy White, Deep Black Pearl, Shark Blue, Black, Reflex Silver

    3 Option packages for the Bunnywabbit. Cold Weather, Sport, and tech package. The 2 door Bunnywabbit err Rabbit models now get a sunroof. This is preliminary information. GTD could be a Diesel Rabbit GT. It might be a GTI level model or a Rabbit GT with the 2.0L 140 HP model. There have been rumors of a GTD in europe with a 2.0L 200 HP Diesel. That would make a serious performance machine. Don't know why the Rabbit GTD has 2 auto models. Maybe they made a typo. Hope this helps.
  • goosegoose Posts: 77
    So you love the VW/Audi rides but are concerned about reliability. Yeah I'm one of those. Has anyone bought an extended warranty for their VW and had it pay for its self? What are your experiences?
  • I have a 2007 Altima with 50,00 miles. I really do not like many things about the car. Recently my water pump failed and blew the head gasket. Everything was completely replaced via warranty. The dealer said it is unlikely to have more problems and this was a fluke. The car was a rental before I bought it at 29,000 miles. Should I try to get out of this before the 60,000 mile powertrain is up?

    I'm hoping to get into something like a GTI without losing much money. Wondering if this is a poor decision financially. If it can be done reasonably without losing money. Also what is reliability/ cost to own of the GTI?
  • blueguydotcomblueguydotcom Posts: 6,257
    Repair costs are much higher on a VW. Much. Very different cars. Call your insurance and ask about the rate hike you'll see going to a GTI too.
  • joem5joem5 Posts: 201
    On the GTI do you have to have the 18' wheels ,if you want a sunroof? My Type S runs like new but I need a Turbo because the mtn air 10 k above sea level is too much'.
    The 5spd Maxda 3 speed is tempting . I dont think they offer a sunroof,maybe to avoid the extra weight. I live in Maine summers, but I'm sick of storing cars. I tok the Mazda RSA tires as off there unsafe on snow and wet roads, I bought a
    Mazda 08 I new value,but a naturally aspirared car won't cut in the Rockies, Tetons or inTahoe. Alot guys have WRX's here no way I spend that kind of money for what you get. :shades:
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    As far as I know, the GTI option list for 2009 (which was dumbed down due to the cessation of the MKV production) requires you to opt for the roof and the 18" wheels as a package. That said, the dealers that I was talking with when I was Rabbit shopping told me that they'd be happy to swap the 18s for 17s, free of charge. Both dealers would then put them on a non-Roof car and mark it up a bit.

    Given that the GTI has not historically tied the roof and the wheels together, my bet is that when the MKIV becomes orderable, you'll be able to pick them once again as separate options. :)

    Best regards,
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    The Rabbit GTD will have the 140 HP TDI not the 170 HP unit due to emissions. The 170 HP model doesn't meet emissions so yeah.
  • bfluegiebfluegie Posts: 21
    I have an 08 GTI. Has anyone noticed that when you have the heater on (blowing on the feet) or the defroster on (blowing on the windshield) that there is still a lot of air coming out of the dash vents? The service writer I spoke with said that's so the hot air can blow on the windows. :confuse: Personally, I think that is bogus. I thought the small vents on the roof pillars were to blow air on the side windows when the defroster is on. Granted, they don't blow a lot of air, but that could be because most of it is coming out the dash vents. Another reason I think that is bogus is that the GTI seems well thought out in most ways and it is just dumb to have to defog the side windows using the dash vents (which would also have to be adjusted from the positions used for air conditioning). Currently I am closing the dash vents when I want heat or defrost since I can't stand hot air blowing in my face.

    I took delivery July 1, 2008 so I didn't notice this until right before my first service. Otherwise, at almost 9 months and 9K miles I am loving the handling and performance of the car.
  • shiposhipo Posts: 9,152
    It sounds normal to me, every car I've had for the last 20 years has used that technique for defogging the side windows, and those cars have been made in Germany, Japan and America.

    Best regards,
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    I'll check it out in the AM. ;)
    It's lookin' to get down into the teens again overnight.
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Yep, air still comes out of the dash vents even if you have defrost or feet/defrost on. I just manually close the dash vents, still a pretty awesome car despite that defect? ;)
  • bfluegiebfluegie Posts: 21
    Hey, thanks for checking on the vents for me. I don't think I have ever had a car that did that. I will just continue to close the vents. It doesn't seem like the best engineering, but a small thing compared to the rest.

    I did just get a jolt this afternoon when I saw some white spots on the red hood. I expected to see water spots or something like that but instead I saw areas with no paint (is the primer white or is there a white layer under the paint?) I was pretty bummed since the car isn't that old and I don't remember any gravel or anything like that hitting the car. I know these things happen, but did it have to be so soon? :cry:
  • tabrantabran Posts: 6
    This vent issue is a constant aggravation for me, but in my case it is worse: Even when the AC/Heater is turned off, my GTI emits heated or cooled air through its vents based on its last setting. For example: if I turn the heater on during my trip home at the end of the evening, when I drive my car in the morning hot air will emit from the vents even though the circulation system is turned off. (Even if it is hot a Hates outside!) In order to rectify the situation I must turn the system on, temporarily, to adjust the temperature to LOW (AC), and then turn the system off to be comfortable. Then, at least, the vents are emitting cool air instead of more hot air....

    Love my GTI, but this issue is more than frustrating....
  • bfluegiebfluegie Posts: 21
    I haven't noticed the hot air blowing when the system is off, but I haven't turned it off when the temp was set to hot. I did just notice that air was blowing from the dash vents when the fan was off. I think most cars seal so well that cars built in the last 15 or so years do have continuous ventilation even with the fan off. I remember reading something about that in my 98 Explorer manual. However, the explorer ventilation did not blow through the dash vents, but I think through the floor vents. I also haven't noticed if the air was at the same temp to which the system was set. The air flow was a lot less annoying when blowing at the feet. If it was so cold out that it would have bothered me, the system would be set on heat anyway so it wouldn't be a problem.

    I do love my GTI, and after 9 months of ownership I would still buy the same car (well, maybe the 4 door if I'm feeling more practical). It took me a year and a half (off and on) of test drives to decide on the GTI and I was hooked the first time I drove the GTI (OK, I tested it a second time, but that was the actual car I intended to buy which I didn't drive the first time). This ventilation issue is annoying, but it doesn't make me hate my car.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076
    Golf 2.5 2 door $17,490
    Golf 2.5 4 door $18,090

    Golf TDI 2 door $21,990
    Golf TDI 4 door $22,590

    Golf GTI 2 door $23,290
    Golf GTI 4 door $23,890

    Here is the preliminary pricing of the 2010 Golf/GTI pricing. This can be changed at any time without notice. The new 2010 MKVI GTI will have some nice luxury features such as Bluetooth, iPod capable radios, and Dynaudio. It will come standard with the new touch screen RCD-510 head unit or you can splurge for the touch screen RNS-510. Hope this helps.
  • rv65rv65 Posts: 1,076

    Here is a pic of the Euro spec RCD-510 aka Premium VIII for all of us Americans. Yes it does support full iPod integration via a MDI and part number 000 051 446 C which is the special iPod cable. It will have integrated Sirius, and HD radio. It will even do bluetooth audio streaming. Of course it has no nav and it has a 6 CD changer. It won't play DVD movies or DVD audio discs. It has an SD card slot though and it will play mp3's and WMA's. Just a pic of the Premium VIII radio. US version should look a little different.
  • fformula88fformula88 Posts: 30
    Hey, I was hoping someone could clue me in to the long term comfort of the GTI's seats. I recently took a 2009 GTI out on a test drive. Spent about a half hour behind the wheel on city streets, thruway, etc. I thought the car was a ton of fun to drive!

    My only question walking away was how comfortable the seats would be over a long drive, and as time goes on. I know all the reviews rate the comfort level high, but these seats were a lot stiffer in padding than I am used to having. I have owned a WRX in the past two which had some fairly stiff seat padding, and I really didn't feel they were at all comfortable. Granted, the GTI seats have many more adjustments such as lumbar to help tailor them better.

    Anyway, if you have one, do you find the seats to be comfortable? Do they soften up a bit with some miles?
  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Were they the leather or cloth seats? I have the cloth and have a 40 min. work commute and they do fine. Now, the R32 I test drove had the leather seats and I felt they were more constricting.
  • nyccarguynyccarguy Stamford, CTPosts: 11,592
    Any word on the 2010 GTI and when is it coming out? VW doesn't have it available to "build" yet on their website. I'm very curious. I've got to drive one and a MINI Clubman S to see which car suits me better.

    2001 Prelude Type SH, 2015 Infiniti Q40 AWD, 2017 Honda Pilot Touring AWD

  • upstatedocupstatedoc Posts: 710
    Those two are in the same class?

    VW GTI=Sexy machine

    Mini Clubman=Box on wheels.
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