My other car is a MINI!!!!
I'm not sure what differences there are with US models (I'd assume none though) compared to UK models mate, but year for year, they are mechanically the same from a service point of view.
Originally Posted by luckymacy
Compared to a 98 UK spec golf, you have the same engine in every way, the same suspension including all arms, bushes and struts, the same brakes and clutch including all lines, cylinders and fluids.
The differences occur in the electrical system, the lights and aircon systems are different, and obviously interior switch gear and stereo system.
What year did the golf gti turbo come out over there? I seem to recall you saying that all golfs are AUM engined. I don't think the cambelt service on the AUM is any different to the AGU, I think the VVT on the AUM's operates at the gearbox end of the cams, so it should be no different. Other than that, all the suspension and brakes on the later models was identical, so that shouldn't be any different service wise.
Your best bet would definately be to take it down to a friendly VW dealer and ask them to take a look.
If you wanted to confirm parts and things, try and get hold of a copy of ETKA, the VW/AUDI parts database program, you should be able to compare part numbers across both models to make sure you're getting the right bits.