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Pros: Look and Reliable
Advice: Great CarHad a 1986 Volkswagen Golf with 200,000mi on it and now 1994 with 140,000 which runs like new and just bought a 2002 Jetta. With past experences with volkswagens,that why I purchased another one.
Pros: Turbo!!! & side curtain airbags
Cons: Seats attract lint
Advice: Negotiate the price!!Car drove excellent, the turbo is fantastic, lots of pep throughout the powerband. The car has a larger car feel to it.
Pros: spunky feel of the turbo-diesel engine makes it a joy.
Cons: If you can get past the purchasing/negotiating process, the car is worth it
Advice: take a test drive in the the german-built diesel wagon, you will be suprisedSo far my wagon tdi has been superb in many ways...mileage, driving fun, fit and finish, and lots of cargo room. Also rear curtain airbags give extra secure feeling(kids in back). Tdi wagons as far as i know are only built in germany, so maybe quality concerns only apply to mexican-built VW's.
Cons: Recieving my first door scratch!
Advice: Negotiate on the deal!!! They will come down in $I love my car!!! I never thought that I would say that but this THE best car that I have ever owned!! I am now a VW freak! And I am looking to buy another VW for my wife.
Pros: Turbo engine and the Monsoon sound system
Cons: Cup Holder position, rear seat cramped, plain looking car
Advice: Test drive one with a Turbo, you will be hooked. Front area is roomier than you would think.When I decided to trade down from a Ford Explorer to a smaller SUV my husband talked me into trying the GTI. After test driving it, plus the price for all the extra and std options, it was well worth the value. The 1.8 turbo engages early on giving the car a powerful feel. Living in Atl traffic going from 0 to 70 quickly is important. The 4 wheel disc eliminates the front dive in heavy braking. Visibility is good, handling crisp and exciting-sure footed. Nighttime instruments are beautiful. Although considered a subcompact the front passenger seat has more leg room than the Explorer. GTI's are to be driven. They are not just for the young but the more mature. This car brings the excitment of the road to the driver and passenger, yet still leaves the comfortable, roomy spacious front seating area. Rear seating is not too bad, but is cramped. Extra storage can be made by folding down the rear seats. With the sunroof open, windows down, buffing is minimal. Well designed, very pleasant. Would like to see additional after market options available to help jazz it up from being so plain. My second choice would be to purchase a Turbo Beetle-had we not gone with the GTI.
Pros: The look and the quality interior and sound system
Cons: The power. I think the performance of the engine grows on you as the engine ages. You have to give it time to break-in and not give-up after a few thousand miles of less poweful starts which is fustrating to some. (Applicable to stick drive)
Advice: Pick a color that you REALLY like and order it if they don't have it in stock. Choose the alternative to the beige velour. The other material availableOk...this is a great car despite it's cons that others have mentioned. As for the pros there are LOTS! The standards that you get with this car are non-standard with other similar sized cars. The interior is GREAT! Typical German standards, not the plasticky toy-looking interior. You can tell the QUALITY!! As for the gas mileage...I have NOTHING to complain about. I would say that this is a great car for dog-lovers like myself, as you can easily fit in a 80lbs pup with enough space
Cons: manual seat adjustment can be time consuming until you get it just right
Advice: Buy this car..you wont find one better for the price.Extremely smooth and powerful acceleration. I was going 80 before I realized it. I found it very quiet inside while driving, contrary to the professional review. Great car! Great features come standard whereas you have to pay for them in other cars out there.