Golf GTI: used car buying guide - What should I look for?

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What should I look for?
You'll want a car with a squeaky-clean service history – so make sure all the stamps are present.

The Golf's steering can give problems, leading to a stiff steering wheel or creaking noises when turning. Dealers should sort these under warranty by replacing the steering rack. Wonky electrics are also a common complaint, with the engine ECU needing to be replaced.

With any high-performance car crash damage is a real possibility, so inspect the car closely. Look out for: poor-quality paintwork with runs, ripples or blemishes; signs of misalignment, or anything that doesn't look like it came from the factory.

The GTI has a habit of rapidly devouring its front tyres, while uneven wear is a sure sign of poorly aligned tracking.
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