2003 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6 from North America
I wish I could have another VR6 in a vacuum storage for when I put this one to rest in 20 years
Catalytic converter (needs OEM replacement or will throw a code).
Tension pulley (could have blown the head gasket).
Various front suspension and handling.
Rear hatch mechanism (mechanical failed and replaced, then electronic door button and key FOB failed, but able to open using the key).
Rust in the wheel wells (fair warning that between the plastic covering in the wheel well and your rocker panel is a 2 inch gap of space that collects dirt and debris. This area needs to be monitored and cleaned out. I was too late to discover this and I am now in the repair process).
I'm 46 years old and until 5 years ago I delivered pizza as a second job in New England for 17 years. 3rd owner backyard mechanic and I just love this car. True it's expensive to fix, but the problems in my instances were just due to its age and were as likely on any other car. The mileage is still sticker accurate and cylinder compression is as strong as new. I'm not into modifying it. I use it as my daily driver. Were I to still be doing the pizza gig, I would have opted for the non-turbo 4cyl. Since I'm not though I'll pay the extra gas for the sheer pleasure of hearing and feeling the factory designed motor in this thing. Nothing but smiles.
Me and my girl take it camping with all our stuff fitting nicely. Handles awesome in the snow with the extra weight of the VR6 motor over the front wheels. It's nice and small for parking. And she can do some amazing moves through traffic. I love this little car, and will drive her till she turns to dust.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 3rd September, 2017