I recently picked up a 2000 VR6 5sp GTI in tropic orange metallic (beige leather) in trade for my beater powerstroke. It came from NJ last year some time. I thought I had tracked it down to belonging to nolig23, but there are too many differences (apparently there were 2 Y2k T.O.M. GTIs with beige leather on 18" BBS RCs sold in NJ last year?). I do know it's missing the front sway bar and the hitch had taken a hit and bent up the spare area (got it all banged out) but no damage to the body. Crappy projector headlights.
Looking for some history - maintenance - problems? Seller said timing chains and clutch were done about 20k ago.
Also - another Jersey GTI...
My sister-in-laws nephew just bought this GTI... 05 1.8T with tip auto. Had 99k. I just went through and did timing belt/trans fluid/oil/ and fixed a bunch of broken stuff. Same here - looking for history (have the carfax) to explain some stuff (no foglight switch / no heated seats / bodywork covered by this paint job)