Honestly I guess that gives some perspective on how loyal Volkswagen owners are since you always come back.
- Come next year, the GTI will not be my daily driver.
- Stage 2 with intake and turboback exhaust. K04 can use all of the mods that I have.
- Stage 3 will require an intercooler and different downpipe/midpipe while I can use the stock intercooler with K04.
- I plan on keeping it for a while and I'll have another daily driver to put the miles on so the GTI won't be racking up 20-25K miles per year.
The K04 puts up some very stout numbers and with Stage 3 I will only be getting about 40 more peak horsepower at the price of ~ $4,000 more if you factor in intercooler and installation. Quite a bit of money if you ask me. To sum it up, does the Stage 3 kit offer a $4,000 increase in performance over the K04... probably not.
I realized that after I posted it. 3+ is going to cost big $$ though.