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#2511572 - 06/21/18 10:37 PM OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners?
wkroncke17 Offline
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Registered: 10/30/07
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Ok guys, I know I could go to a Volkswagen forum, but I can usually trust the fellow Mopar guys that I’m familiar with.
Does anyone here have experience with an ‘06 to ‘12 GTI?
My 19 year old son is finally showing some interest in a vehicle, and I will gladly support him as long as it’s a decent reliable one.
Maybe someday it will lead to liking a good old American made V8 muscle car?
If anyone has any advice on them, it would be much appreciated!!
Thanks all!

Wally.

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#2511574 - 06/21/18 10:47 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
GoodysGotaCuda Offline
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I'm not much for help but I did own a 2012 TDI Golf [part of the buyback]. It's one of the best cars I have owned, the MK6 platform is pretty well sorted out, I would keep around the 2011-2014 GTI personally, they respond quite well to tuning. I've gone back and forth on buying another VW, a Golf R is on my bucket list, perhaps when I retire the WRX.

Naturally I am also a proponent of trying to push him into the manual transmission, they're bullet-proof. The DSG performs well but the ~30,000mi service interval is often overlooked.
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#2511586 - 06/21/18 11:25 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: GoodysGotaCuda]
wkroncke17 Offline
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Originally Posted By GoodysGotaCuda
I'm not much for help but I did own a 2012 TDI Golf [part of the buyback]. It's one of the best cars I have owned, the MK6 platform is pretty well sorted out, I would keep around the 2011-2014 GTI personally, they respond quite well to tuning. I've gone back and forth on buying another VW, a Golf R is on my bucket list, perhaps when I retire the WRX.

Naturally I am also a proponent of trying to push him into the manual transmission, they're bullet-proof. The DSG performs well but the ~30,000mi service interval is often overlooked.


Ha!! Thanks Goody!
What I’ve always thought was the definite millennial anti-theft device (manual) He actually wants one and wants me to teach him to drive it!
It’s all the better hearing they’re bulletproof!

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#2511601 - 06/22/18 12:37 AM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
cudaman1969 Offline
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Registered: 01/25/04
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Loc: fredericksburg,va
We had an 04 or 05 GLI Jetta. Of all the vehicles we've owned it was the best driving, shifting, fun car. 6 speed was very smooth and clutch was almost effortless. Only down side was the pump seats, wife and I are a big difference in size so seat had to be adjusted from total up to down. A few nit pick things to go back to the dealer but nothing major. We put about 60,000 miles on it then traded for a GT500 Mustang.

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#2511632 - 06/22/18 07:11 AM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
GoodysGotaCuda Offline
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Loc: Texas
Originally Posted By wkroncke17
Originally Posted By GoodysGotaCuda
I'm not much for help but I did own a 2012 TDI Golf [part of the buyback]. It's one of the best cars I have owned, the MK6 platform is pretty well sorted out, I would keep around the 2011-2014 GTI personally, they respond quite well to tuning. I've gone back and forth on buying another VW, a Golf R is on my bucket list, perhaps when I retire the WRX.

Naturally I am also a proponent of trying to push him into the manual transmission, they're bullet-proof. The DSG performs well but the ~30,000mi service interval is often overlooked.


Ha!! Thanks Goody!
What I’ve always thought was the definite millennial anti-theft device (manual) He actually wants one and wants me to teach him to drive it!
It’s all the better hearing they’re bulletproof!


up

This millennial has daily driven a manual for over 10 years drive
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#2511688 - 06/22/18 09:58 AM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
krautrock Offline
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Registered: 01/27/03
Posts: 1753
Loc: central texas
VW's drive nice, handle well, pretty well built too. Even our lowly 1.4T Jetta S (manual trans) is a nice driving car.
Also, the way the inside is laid out is usually very well thought out. A driver's car.

I wouldn't hesitate to get a GTI if I found a nice deal on one.

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#2511748 - 06/22/18 12:14 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
racerx20 Offline
Standard but OK

Registered: 02/17/09
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Loc: Houston, Texas
Can't speak for the 06-12 but I daily drive a Mk7 (2017) GTI with the DSG. I love that little car, best all around commuter that will still put smiles on your face. Handles like a go-cart and has better than average features and fit/finish/materials than the comperable price class. Will do upper 30's mpg on the HWY. I consider it a grown up SRT-4 (yes I was a SRT-4 owner as well).


Edited by racerx20 (06/22/18 12:19 PM)
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#2511767 - 06/22/18 01:05 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
jcc Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 17108
Loc: Trumussia
Bought my son a Fox body mustang as a starter car in HS. He liked it as nothing sounds like a V8. When he got to college we got him a new 06 GTI, his choice. Car drove great, it was fun, mechanically reliable, until I blew the clutch out of itdownshifting at the track in Sebring. After 150K? he got a Mazda. Not sure he would buy another GTI, but he liked the car at the time. It had the normal small PIA minor stuff go south.

Me, I'm on my 3rd Tacoma now with 446K? miles and can't kill it. biggrin


Edited by jcc (06/22/18 01:07 PM)
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#2511771 - 06/22/18 01:08 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
Morty426 Offline
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Loc: Sacramento CA
My ex-wife and I had a 06 GTI 1.8T with a manual 6 speed. It was her car.

Overall and absolutely great car. Comfortable and drove very nice. The hatch makes it very versatile.

The only strange thing that happened was the ex one night hit a pothole. The result was it bent the rear axle even though the rim survived. Also one of the rear bearings went out early.

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#2511774 - 06/22/18 01:20 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: wkroncke17]
cudaman1969 Offline
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Registered: 01/25/04
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"Me, I'm on my 3rd Tacoma now with 446K? miles and can't kill it."

We looked at new ones, terrible seating, my heads up in the roof and no power seats offered, could not find a comfortable setting. Totally turned off by all their new models.

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#2511806 - 06/22/18 02:34 PM Re: OT.....Any Volkswagen GTI owners? [Re: cudaman1969]
jcc Offline
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Registered: 12/21/03
Posts: 17108
Loc: Trumussia
Originally Posted By cudaman1969
Totally turned off by all their new models.

iagree
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