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    Thread: Goodbye, my Mk5 GTI :(

    1. Member DiasBora604's Avatar
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      04-24-2012 09:37 AM #1
      After 3 years of smile-inducing miles with my little 2-door thorough-bred Wolfsburg pocket-rocket, its time to part ways and say goodbye to the my beloved candy white Golf GTI. Just like the Jetta before her, it is one car which I will never forget.

      Its when you find yourself strangely talking to your car on the last drive, down that long twisty back road on the last night she's in your hands, that you realize it is more than a marriage beyond man and machine. The feel of the shifter, the weight of the clutch, the feel of the bolsters on your back, the gentle subdue of the engine's harmonics... its all become second nature. She's the car that you've infatuated over since you were a teen, finally in your driveway 4 years later, and that you're still madly in love with like the first day you touched her.
      Its been good to me. "You've been good to me". I caught myself whispering that to her the last few days. Strange, I know, talking to an inanimate machine which will never whisper back save the hum and whistle of the engine. The way she surges forward with the swift kick of the accelerator is like angels pushing. There's no other way of putting it. The seats, the room in the cabin, the smell of the soft touch dash and the leather wrap shift boot, its the perfect symphony that entice the heartbeat and welcomes you with every drive.
      She's never failed me, ever. From those daily commutes to the North Shore and short hops through town running errands all day; to those winding roads up the Coq that go from summer sun to winter blizzards in an instant, where I can die and go to heaven driving forever. Those summer days detailing every line, every accent, every detail, and those cool autumn nights preparing her for the winter ahead. She has taken me to places I will never trust another car to go. Like Clarkson has said before, its everything you can ever want from a car. You can take it to the beach or hit the slopes with all your gear, and show up at the hotel the same night, where the concierge will open the door for you. Its the every-car.
      Like a dream, I will need to wake up and live the reality of my life now. But the fever of DAS AUTO which has beleaguered me for the last 3 years must now be broken. Like the many things I have said goodbye to, I must let this go. But I know, no matter what I drive now, will never serenade my soul, the way she has…

      Rock on my fellow MK5'ers


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      04-24-2012 09:39 AM #2
      Feel the same way about my MKV. What are you looking at replacing her with?

    3. 04-24-2012 09:39 AM #3
      I know what you mean... I remember when I sold my e30, I told the buyer I would drop it off at his house for my last drive. What is replacing her?

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      04-24-2012 09:41 AM #4
      Sold my MkV Gti last month. Was a fantastic car.

      Went to another enthusiast though so I'm happy.
      Scotch. It's time.

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      04-24-2012 09:44 AM #5
      CSB but really what did you buy next?

    6. 04-24-2012 09:45 AM #6
      Well, that sounds sweet and all but.......what's the reason for dropping the car? Vital information for such a (semi) melancholy and poetic thread.
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      04-24-2012 09:50 AM #7
      Quote Originally Posted by DiasBora604 View Post
      I got a Dodge Avenger as a company car. It'll never compare to her, but it does the job
      On the bright side, FREE CAR! Is it the latest model Avenger? Even the basic 2011-2012 model (post refresh) is a totally decent car.

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      04-24-2012 09:50 AM #8
      I got a company car with my current job, a Dodge Avenger. It will never be able to replace her, but it gets me around

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      04-24-2012 09:52 AM #9
      It's the 2011 refresh. The interior is well appointed for an econobox sedan that can seat 5.

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      04-24-2012 09:55 AM #10


      I feel the same way but with my urS6. Its the comfort of knowing every inch of that car and being so in tune with it. I always crack a smile when I see it in the parking lot knowing I get to drive it. I was not able to sell mine and I still have it today as a garage queen.

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      04-24-2012 09:56 AM #11
      On one hand, you sound nuts; on the other hand, you sound exactly like I felt a month ago when I sold my car. Certain people feel a bond between man and machine that others just don't get it; you hit the nail right on the head.
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      04-24-2012 10:18 AM #12
      Believe it or not, this feeling is why I still have my MkIV GTI parked in my shop. I bought a low-miles Outback XT a couple weeks ago that I really like, but it will never replace the feelings I have toward that 190k mile little green hatch. I plan on slowly fixing all the little issue she has, then who knows? Semi-track/weekend car?

      I simply couldn't bring myself to sell it.

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      04-24-2012 10:25 AM #13
      just sold my mkv last week.. replacing it with a 2012 135i. i'll smile again soon

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      04-24-2012 10:28 AM #14
      The A3 replaced a 2-door Rabbit..... still miss that car two and a half years later. It's obviously not as "good" in almost any objective measure, but it was such a fun car to drive and to do long trips in. I think for me it's a good reminder that being better on paper doesn't tell the whole story about how much you'll like something.

      Sometimes even it's the tiny little details that I miss the most, like the VW logo hatch release. Old news to us all, but still, to that.


      And yeah, the A3 is going to be very hard for me to give up too.

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      04-24-2012 10:31 AM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by macosxuser View Post
      Believe it or not, this feeling is why I still have my MkIV GTI parked in my shop. I bought a low-miles Outback XT a couple weeks ago that I really like, but it will never replace the feelings I have toward that 190k mile little green hatch. I plan on slowly fixing all the little issue she has, then who knows? Semi-track/weekend car?

      I simply couldn't bring myself to sell it.

      you sound like me, only i had the exact same car as the OP and got a 2010 Outback... No XT available


      take a look at where my GTI is now!

      http://forums.vwvortex.com/showthrea...&highlight=gti

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      04-24-2012 10:45 AM #16
      I sold my MK5 GTI a week and a half ago.
      I miss it too... well, mostly because I no longer have manual, and it had some fun mods (suspension, etc).

      Wife and I went down to one car (I now transit the 3mi to work).

      Replaced with Tiguan Highline, sort of the GTI of CUVs.
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      04-24-2012 10:52 AM #17
      Mine is for sell right now and I will miss it very much. It's the smart decision to get through school, later in the future I will buy another GTI
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      04-24-2012 11:00 AM #18
      I miss mine -- was an awesome car. However, I was going through money too fast with its issues, so it had to go. Currently without a fun car, but hope to get one again sooner or later .
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      04-24-2012 11:01 AM #19
      More melodrama, plz
      Now go get your shinebox

    20. 04-24-2012 11:04 AM #20
      Why not just park the MKV in the garage and drive the company car while you maintain/play with the GTI?

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      04-24-2012 11:22 AM #21
      I don't ever see us selling my wife's mkV GTI... I've never owned such a well balanced/versatile car.
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      04-24-2012 11:25 AM #22


      I sold my GTI last fall and felt the same way. Luckily I replaced it with something better. It is always hard to let go of a car you love though. I teared up when I was driving my first car to the dealership to trade it in. You just have to make sure what you are replacing with will make you forget about the old car.

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      04-24-2012 11:27 AM #23
      Excellent story man. Very sentimental.
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      04-24-2012 11:29 AM #24
      I sold my MK5 4-door a couple of years ago to buy my 135i.

      Though i love the 135i, there is still so much I miss about my MK5. The MK5/MK6 GTI really is a pinnacle of economical/practical/sportyness. I think 25 years from now it will be a "classic" much the way the MKII 16v is currently a "classic" to a select set of car enthusiasts.
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      04-24-2012 11:33 AM #25
      i just got rid of my mk5 a week ago.
      owned it 3.5 yrs and miss it. but glad to be done with car payments.

      expect for an unfortunate issue... my 'new' saab 9-5's driver side HID was acting up and isnt lighting up.

      so much for saving a car payment this month.
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      04-24-2012 11:40 AM #26
      Reminds me of this:

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      04-24-2012 11:43 AM #27
      The MK5 GTI is a great jack of all cars... I miss my 2007 4 Door.

      Good news is the info we have gotten on the MK7 looks promising.

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      04-24-2012 12:40 PM #28
      I feel for you, I did the same thing almost two years ago, I had a 2007 GTI 2 door. My wife wanted a JSW for the family hauler, we got one, but it proved too small. So out went my GTI and in came a Routan. I'm DD the JSW now, it's at least a manual so it's decently fun to drive. I still miss my MKV GTI though, I keep looking through the used cars, but I know deep down it's probably not worth trading in the JSW for one.

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      04-24-2012 12:57 PM #29
      I think this thread illustrates very well how VW was able to recreate the bond between man and machine with the MKV/MKVI that was pretty absent in the MKIII and MKIV generations.

      I have owed 3 VWs (MK3, MK4, and MK5), and the ONLY car that I miss is the MK5.

      If German cars can have a soul (), then I think the MK5 managed to have one. It's a car that I miss, and I miss the good times I had with it.
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      04-24-2012 12:57 PM #30
      Quote Originally Posted by Ben.Reilly View Post
      Reminds me of this:


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    31. 04-24-2012 01:30 PM #31
      I saw my old Miata last Saturday.

      Pulled up next to an older guy that said he bought it at auction. I guess the used car lot had problems selling a 12 year old Miata. We talked for a minute at the light, said he hadn't had any problems yet, I said he probably wouldn't, I went through it shorty before i sold it. New radiator/brakes/hoses/filters, etc.

      Like seeing and old friend. It's good to know the guy is local and drives on the main streets so I can maybe see him around town.

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      04-24-2012 01:41 PM #32
      I love my mkv and plan on keeping it till it dies. I have never been so attached to a car, it has a little of everything utility, sporty, comfort etc. Pic of the mistress-

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      04-24-2012 01:50 PM #34
      I really liked my mkV GTi and have some fond memories of it. I was definitely a bit sad when I got rid of the car, but I've since gotten over it. While I liked the GTI and would recommend it to someone like myself, I certainly don't wish I still had it. Onward and upward for me.

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      04-24-2012 02:08 PM #35
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