So, my ex had a 96 gti VR6. That car was a nightmare! I worked on it for what seemed like forever and it never did end up being done.
Soooooo, I went and bought my own. a 97.
Any dip in the road results in my brand new tires...because there was nothing left of the ones on it when I bought the car....rubbing on my fenders and the smell of burnt rubber for awhile.
But the car came with some goodies
It has 208K on it and I couldn't find anything timing chain related in the pile of receipts.
This, although somewhat troubling....doesn't concern me much, because there isn't much ticking, etc to indicate an issue with the chains, tensioners, or guides.
I drove it from chicago to mineapolis and back already and in 8 hours of driving it about empties the coolant reservoir, but I can't find any leaks. I don't THINK it smokes out the exhaust, but when I get on it, I can definitely smell something that is likely burning coolant. I'm going to pull the plugs tomorrow and see how they look. Head gasket isn't that big of a job.
I love this car, but I need to be able to hit bumps and turn sharply without destroying my tires. The amount of body roll tells me it needs new suspension all around. Any advice on that?