By the way im no noob to building VW's or turbos.....just nothing watercooled/FI yet!
Hey guys, im new here and wanted to see if I could get some GTI direction. I have been looking at these (all) for a couple weeks and I think I would like to get one. Problem I am having is I cant decide what gen to get? I prefer the look of the MK2, but I like the idea of a 1.8t engine. Looking to spend 4-5k on one, or one and some leftover $$$ for work. I know it seems simple....just do a swap. Thats the thing here, im not interested in a swap. What are your recomendations for a GTI that is a good platform....or a good performance per dollar base. I also want to stay away from cars that have already been swapped. Too many hacks out there. Im not scared of some work (I restore cars for a living) but prefer to keep the powerplant the car comes with.
Oppinions and why please?
Agreed the 16v is a good base that can easily be turbo'd if you really want to. You can also do a lot for it keeping it NA. My 88 Scirocco is NA with a few simple improvements and is a total blast to drive. Hard to beat a mk1 or mk2 car with well tuned suspension and speedy motor (As you already know from the bugs, in the lighter vehicles a little goes a long way)
Good luck whichever way you go
I do enjoy mk4's. My GTI is awesome. The stock 180hp is pretty sweet. Tuning will get you some good gains too. The 1.8T is a great engine for modding. BUT the older cars are good too...lighter weight so they don't need as much power to be a fast, fun ride.
Yeah i am amazed at the number of GTI's down here in FL that are for sale that have problems. I dont usually see that many cars that people sell that are jacked. Im still thinking pretty hard about the one I found that I can get for 4 grand. 34k miles is REALLY low for a car that age. Although its not my favorite GTI to look at, its not too bad and I like the powerplant. Easy to upgrade from what I can tell.
Make sure to get maintenance records too. Just because it wasn't driven much doesn't mean it was well taken care of. I'd do an oil change and the timing belt when you get it. It may not have a lot of miles on the belt, but its got years.
Yeah I definately would do those things.....and more. I like my **** reliable. The guy said that he would put me in touch with the last owner if I wanted it. Seems legit. He just wants an S2000. I think he said he has only put on 3500 miles since he got it. Only thing done to it is he said it was chipped. But that was done before he got it. He did say too that he had to have a clutch put in it.
I LOVE 8vs they are great (a bit slow) if you want go-fast in an MK2 go for the 16v. However an 8v can be just as much fun with proper mods cam/exhaust ect. You'll want a digi-8v if you want to do a VR6 swap down the road or you'll also need the CE2 harness to make it work. I have an 8v (2.0) MK3 that I LOVE TO DEATH. I have owned it for 7 years with NO major issues. With a 276 tt cam/chip and exhaust it's as quick as a stock MK2 16v car.
Aaron- When you have to notch your frame so you can set your car ALL THE WAY on the ground, you need to seriously evaluate your priorities.