Year: 2001 Make: VOLKSWAGEN Model: GTI
Average raiting 4.4
Good little car, decent power for its age and I can get 32mpg on highway road trips. You must know how to repair vehicles or you will spend lots of money for someone else too. Parts are not that expensive if you get them from a reputable online vendor and are usually pretty easy to fix just time consuming. Interior is designed well and has held up alright throughout the years. Handles OK for having a beam rear end. The vr6 is a stout engine but you will spend some money on timing chain parts and coolant pieces depending on age. Manual transmission and original clutch still feel good at 175k. Plenty of room in the hatch but backseats are pretty cramped for any long drives, haul my kayak on the roof frequently. Rust proofing is very good with the exception of the front fenders, these usually rust out on northern mkiv cars. Besides rock chips on front and some minor scratches from scuffs/bumps the paint still shines up nice. If you've got a decent toolset and mechanical knowledge you could easily drive one of these 250k+.
I bought my MKIV almost a year ago, and cannot sell it to any offer. Between its peppy engine and reliability, I love it. The 1.8t has been nothing but good news, but be warned..Know how to drive and maintain these cars or you will have issues. I put 40k on it in the past year for work and school, going 100+ on most highway journeys, bringing it to 236k. Besides the belt changes done by the previous owner, it's needed very little work. No oil leaks or power loss, or tranny problems yet. The trannys usually cant pass 150k but I guess im lucky. A con is the materials used in the interior. Headliner falling, door panel upholstery falling off, and finish fade. Numerous modifications available
I have wanted an MKIV since they came out. I bought a 2000 in 2012 and was in a total collision 3 weeks later. The other girl went to the hospital I walked away without a scratch. As a former mechanic and mobile electronic technician I can tell you the build quality on this car is amazing. It is extremely safe. The only drawback to the car can be the cost of parts. This is one place where is does not pay to cut corners. There are a huge number of aftermarket companies out there that make replacement parts but when they charge $35 for a part that VW charges $350 there is a reason. With this car you basically get an AUDI in a VW wrapper. Most of the parts are interchangeable.
Honestly I can say owning the VW GTI VR6 was nothing short of a nightmare. I had purchased the top of the line 2001 in 2011 GLX with less then 140,000 kilometers and was the third owner. Over the span of one year it coast me half its value in repairs for parts that are literally prone to failure. Volkswagen knows this but makes no attempt to fix it, simply Google coil-pack failures for the mk4. As a car it is fun to drive its fun. However its heavy slow and antiquated. The whole VR6 thing is overrated till you hit the highway and the bulk of my driving was city so its a pig on gas, changing the oil is at least a 100 dollar job if you do it right and go full synthetic.