2009 GTI Owner Reviews (4)
VW GTI and service and dealer follow through is inadequate
ultraprint 2009-07-23 15:20:18
I am glad others here have had good experiences with VW but I have owned 4 since 1976 and the only one that didn't cause major distress was my '76 1/2 Orange Rabbit which ran till the motor fell out around 180,000 miles. My 1986 Golf GTI Rabbit was another story ($12,800 new not $22,800 as currently priced!!!), was plagued with numerous factory defects from glue on the finsihed dashboard, defective moon roof headliner which they tried to fix over 3 years unsuccessfully, defective ignition key switches, alloy rims which bent the first day I owned the car, cracking windshields, defective Pirelli P600 tires, and several incidences of damage inflicted on the black enamel paint and plastic bumpers almost everytime I brought my car in for Warranty service to the dealer whether I went to Bayridge VW in Brooklyn (they were animals) or Walter Donaldson's on Long Island (clueless and now out of business). The cars may roll out of the factory OK but the dealers were all horrible. I have never experienced such lack of care in handling new cars at the dealerships ever anywhere. Both mentioned dealers damaged my vehicles on several occassions during their short stay at the dealerships - complaints to VW headquarters went un-answered. I just gave away my 2002 Passat so it doesn't send me to the poor house. I'm tired of rebuilding the upper end of the 24 Valve system every other month. The dealer said "All it needs is a timimg belt." Right! Buyer beware!
gdt876 2009-06-14 18:31:27
Bought a GTI 8 months ago and do mostly city driving. Getting 25+ mpg with standard transmission. Has good acceleration and I don't baby it when given the opportunity to do a jackrabbit start. I like seeing a bunch of traffic way behind me after the light goes green. Tires squeal easily in first and 2nd gear but I try not to do that. Haven't got a ticket yet as I ease up when hitting the speed limit, but before you know it you're doing 45 or 50 in this one. Not a lot of curves in the city so I don't know much about handling. Brakes work good though. Maybe I can find some curvy roads outside the city where I can ******* a little, if I ever get time. :( Best thing about this car is I can throttle it once in a while and still get good mileage, and with the hatchback its still practical for carrying stuff ( rear seats and front passenger seat fold down flat ). If I have to be somewhere and I'm early I just drive around sometimes as it's fun to drive. Owner's manual says premium gas only as that is ********* been tuned to use. That's what I've been using. I gave it a Quality and Durability rating of 5 stars cause the quality is very good, the durability remains to be seen. :) Got a model with 17" wheels.
Top 10 car regardless of price
kartercsmith 2009-03-22 11:59:56
How many times do you get the opportunity to own one of the 10 best of anything in this country without paying a hefty premium for it? Well here's your chance to own of the 10 best cars available in this country for 2009 regardless of price. This rating is provided by Automobile magazine and it's the 2nd year in a row the Volkswagen GTI has won it. Recite those words again, "regardless of price." The next least expensive car on this list is the Honda Fit, and it also includes the BMW M3 and Audi R8, among others. If they selected it from hundreds of other cars theye could have chosen, why would you not at least check it out? Do you think the magazine was paid off or are you smarter than them? The GTI is very affordable, has excellent lease and financing available, and comes with all maintenance included. The only other cars that include maintenance anymore are BMW, Mini, and Volvo. Mini and Volvo are not 10 best cars! It has also been on the Car and Driver 10 best list every year since it was available in this country as a 2006 model. In 2006, it was also the Automobile magazine Car of the Year. It has great performance, is a solid as a rock, has adult-sized back seats, and gets excellent gas mileage. With its solid German feel, I believe the only people who don't buy these are people who never test-drive them. The tremdous feel of the turbo's torque, the quiet ride on highways, supportive front seats, excellent stereo, and sporty handling make it a very well rounded car that can be more than base transportation. It gest MUCH better gas mileage than a Mazda RX-8, has a far supperior fit and finish and interior than a Mustang, a more solid and higher quality feel than an Eclipse, and greater interior room and much better seating than a Mini. And, one more time, did I mention it is one of the 10 best cars available in this country, 2 years in a row, regardless of price as per Automobile Magazine? If those other cars were so good, why were they not chosen? TEST DRIVE!
Very Pleased !!!
Narvad 2008-11-02 07:20:30
I picked up my white 2009 GTI in July. I have owned an E55, XJR, Cayenne S, 987 Boxster, 996 911. The GTI is the best overall bang for the buck that I fit comfortably in, I'm 6'4". It reminds me of the Boxster in many ways and has that wonderful German feel. Power is adequate, but on the light side. I don't think the R32 version justified the price difference and the extra power was hardly noticable. If you don't want your employees thinking you make too much money, or that you don't care about the environment, the VW performance is unmatched for the money.