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Cons: stiff ride, i need to get used to that
Advice: get a black onei bought a 2008 and i am not regretting it; everyone said i was crazy & that the GTI is too small - i was shocked how plush the interior is, and it is a ton roomier than i thought it would be. car is quick off of the line, and has great handling with the optional 18' wheels. my dealer is a let down, as i seem to have more knowledge about the car from internet research than the salesman does!
Pros: Tech/performance/style/features per dollar is unbeatable
Cons: Ride, even with 17inch wheels is on the hard side. Seats can be hard to get in and out of
Advice: Drive it on a rough road/city roads to assess if ride is 'doable' This car is a better 'country/suburban/backroad' car then city car due to the ride.This review is for the new 2006.5. I have only had the car about a month but can say that the combination of build quality, features, performance and just 'cool factor' are impossible to find in any other car at this price point. People compare this car to the Civic SI but I don't see how as the GTI is so much more sophisticated and 'adult'. The 6 disc changer in the dash, the sequential shift auto, I got the sunroof and XM package as well as the auto, AMAZING engine/tranny combo and faster 0-60 then manual! Ride is on the rough side as BMW spoiled me in the past but is bearable in light of the other great things about the car
Cons: Need for Prem. fuel..one interior color choice
Advice: If you want fun and quick response..Buy GTIquick, goodlooking head turner. Steady at high speeds.Little turbo lag. Very nice trans and refined engine.Very good visibility. ride is not a floater but then it is not a land yaught.very tight nicely weighted steering. Unlike many in it's class you have good headroom front and rear. ALL buttons illuminated.Built in XM is cool.Good fit and finish inside and out.Very cool Xennon headlamps
Pros: the car is the best gti ever hands down
Advice: go look elsewhere if you want quality, decent service or dealers...this company suckshere is my list of problems with my new car with less than 100 miles; Radio volume hunts scufs on door panel, seat trim chips, scratches on paint paint flaws wrong radio on delivery dealer purposely withheld window sticker sunroof rattle sunroof liner tight(hard to close) trunk doesn't seem to unlock steering wheel has rugh edges(flaws in leather that catch hands like grit) poor radio fm reception horns sound loose when used (blow the horn and it vibrates the whole car) remotes don't work too well(if at all) windsheild has a 3' scratch and will need replacement rattle from center dash alarm honks when it feels like it when you lock up grease (under coat?)is dripping from the sills in my driveway car dings all the time (i know rtfm) car had oils at delivery...but no washer fluid 1 spring spacer out, other i took out dash doesn't seem to fit al that well around base of windsheild did not see any wheel lock key (i better not have locks...did not look) the interior fabrics although the same, oddly seem different no way is the speedo accurate shifter boot isn't flush with console antenna isn't straight(it isn't aligned straight to center of car) had car not start when i turned the key...infact it didn't do anything I am completely and absoluetly disgusted with VW. I have to wait for a zone rep(30 days) to appove repairs on a car that was driven home from the dealer and once to my job.