Without getting too worked up... I took my 20th Anniversary GTI (27,000 miles. APR chipped, Stratmosphere DV, otherwise stock) to a trackday event in August. I only got 4 laps into it when the motor started making a whining noise, very similar to the sound of a supercharger. After another 2 laps, I pulled over, opened the hood, and saw the motor was BUCKING wildly. The car ended up at a dealership where they diagnosed 'clutch and pressure plate started to move around inside tranny, rounded off end of crank, replacing crank+clutch+pressure plate, etc' In other words, $5000 worth of work.
So I get the car back after many problems with the dealership(s) and I think I am good to go. Today I go to an autox event and on my 3rd run, the tranny started to make the same noise. It was very loud in first gear and started started to show in 2nd gear. The noise was loud enough that the announcer said 'it sounds likes this GTI may be having some transmission problems' I quickly got off the gas and brought the car home (without further incident).
Why is this happening to my car? I would hope that GTIs should be able to handle an occasional autocross. I see pics of other GTIs at the track all the time. I don't drive like a dousche (downshifting to first or bouncing it off the rev limiter, etc) Does it have anything to do with my 6-spd transmission has closer gears? Oil starvation? que que?
Either way, I had big plans for this car to be my weekend racer but it looks like today was it's last time on the track. I just wish I knew why my car is having problems.