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Anybody knowmuch about Mk3 Golf GTi's?

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by Oranoco, Aug 24, 2008.

  1. Oranoco

    Oranoco Well-Known Member

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    Wife wants a runabout but I can't bare the thought of being lumbered with a Pug 106 or the like. Flicking through AutoTrader has turned up quite a few Golf GTi's. Insurance difference for her between a 1.4CL and a 2.0 16v GTi is £60 a year.

    She's coming round to the idea now but could really do with some info on them
     
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  3. fingermouse

    fingermouse thats me

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    all i know is they arn`t classed as much as a gti more the death of the gti. Arn`t mk3 gti`s the worst gti ever to be produced ???? wouldn`t a early mk4 be a better buy ????
     
  4. voorhees

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    the VR6 was the only good thing about Mk3's....Mk4's are worse apart from an R32 version
    Tailgates are usually prone to rotting as the earlier ones weren't coated
     
  5. Oranoco

    Oranoco Well-Known Member

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    Can't get a Mk4 for a grand though.

    To be honest I know they're not quick but you get a better level of trim etc. It's going to have saddles etc dropped in the boot.
     
  6. boyt

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    the 16v one is ok but the 8v is slow, can get good spec car for little money with the mk3

    andy
     
  7. AndyMac

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    I had a Mk3 8v as a company car for 3 years, and yes they're really slow (10.3 secs to 60 IIRC). The 16v is definately the one to have.
     
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    Had two 16v models from new some years ago, did numerous trips into Austria and Italy.
    They always performed well, were reliable and never touched other than normal servicing.

    Trev
     
  9. S3mad

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    i had a 16v mk3 gti it had everything . The car was nice only sold for a grand they are not worth much anymore !! [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  10. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)
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    They are heavy and slow!!
    I would much rather go for a late mk2...so much better.

    I sold my mk2 for a mk3 and I think that could quite possibly be the biggest mistake i ever made
     
  11. ALPINE

    ALPINE Yes its diesel, now cry u lost

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    slow...

    handle like boats...

    all mk 2 owners take the piss out of them coz there shat!! (me included!)
     
  12. Oranoco

    Oranoco Well-Known Member

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    I'm not getting it from a sporty point of view though I've got my Escort for that sort of thing. I want something well put together with a few toys and creature comforts for the stable and Tesco run and the the Mk3 seems to tick those boxes. Mk2 is out of the question as I raised the same thought with the wife and she gave it an outright "No" as they are too old.
     
  13. Nilz

    Nilz Defo worth the wait :)
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    Why dont you see if you can get a run out model of a Mk2, fully loaded, elec everything, PAS, CL, same as what you get in the Mk3 but the car is a whole lot better, let her read this thread, im sure we can persuade her to convert to the Mk2...lol
     
  14. jojo

    jojo Looking for Boost!
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    You can get A/C in a Mk3, it's not available in a Mk2 unless you can find an imported GTI G60 with it fitted I think?
    Daily hack, I'd go for a Mk3 just because it's safer, Mk2 if you plan to drive it more, it's quite a fun machine to drive!
     
  15. neil.c

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    We had a MKIII 16v from new in 97 to selling it last year for £1250, it was still in fantastic condition considering it was 10 years old.
    We had a couple of problems in the 10 years and 90k miles that it covered, like the crank position sensor at £90 which stopped the car dead, the ignition/fuel pump relay at about £5 which just caused a misfire but took a while to find and the starter motor which required a push start and cost about £85.
    With just a set of springs and shocks you can sharpen up the handling considerably (probably better than an S3). Owning an S3 and it feeling to be faster than the Golf I was dissapointed on racing a couple of S3's to find that I wasn't that far behind. We always managed to acheive between 30 and 40 mpg too. Our car had full leather and aircon too which was nice :)

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    They have a big boot too.
     

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