Sorry for not reading 11+ pages, but MK2 2.0 16V ABA was the zenith of the GTi Mark as was the 92 Jetta GLI.
Those cars had to compete with the Saab SPG, and Volvo 850 GL-T.
92 was VW's best year by far. The first year the Vr6 was introduced in in North America ala the SLC.
I would give my left kidney up for a clean unmolested 92 GTI 16V or GLi.
The power to weight ratio in those cars was amazing. And they were such a blast to drive.