My GTi has just been stolen from outside my house, disappearing with its alarm weedily sounding behind a white people carrier.
I bought it in 2000 when it was 1 year old, had 3,000 on the clock. It is an ex VW director's car.
It is a top of the range '99 GTi with many factory-fitted extras, eg cream leather Recarro seats, a full 'winter pack', sat-nav, headlight washers, a six-CD boot-mounted auto-changer, sport alloys and suspension, darkening wing and rear-view mirrors, full air-con with climate control, three rear-seat head restraints.
It's my best car yet. Very little hope of it being recovered as we live between Brixton and Peckham!
It will, as I write, be given a new identity as the theft was obviously planned. This leads to the first criticism. A few years ago it had the rear window smashed and the back seat stolen - nothing else - and the alarm didn't sound. This time it appears to have been towed it away.
It's good to drive except at around 80mph when engine noise becomes uncomfortable. The road holding was reliable and braking very firm and immediate. Fuel consumtion was not quite as good as the manufacturer's claims.
The ride was very comfortable even on long trips through Europe, when air-con really came into its own. The big shock was when the catalytic converter failed last year and had to be replaced. Painfully expensive.
An expensive car to buy, fun, comfortable and safe to drive but I hope they have sorted some of the security pro
I bought a new GT TDi in December 2004. It is an import and has a TDi badge on the boot but otherwise it is the same as a UK equivalent - except it also has cruise control.
The main attraction of owning this car is performance with fuel economy. Around town it returns 45-50 miles to the gallon. On a run 60mpg plus. It can accelerate quicker than most company repmobiles. The only kickback is group 14 insurance but mine still cost less than £300 per annum anyway even with protected bonus.
You simply can't beat German cars for safety and security. French and Japanese cars seem designed to fold-up on impact. Forget what's left in this country. Stick with German or Swedish makes and at least you'll stand a chance if the worse happens.
Cabin comfort is second to none with luxury all around.
On the road there is plenty of grunt, especially on the motorway when you need it. Makes a great noise over 4000 revs!
The major downfall of this model is the handling. Ride hight is far too high and the car leans too much when cornering. This can be rather unnerving, even at low speeds.
Overall, money well spent. (Getting it lowered will lead to perfection!)
It's had real problems with a knocking noise, which VW wrongly diagnosed. It turns out to be the inlet manifold, which makes a loud flapping noise.
VW advised that all 2002 2.0 GTIs have a temperature-related noise. And it's just one of those things!
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