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Anybody knowmuch about Mk3 Golf GTi's?

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

  1. Oranoco
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    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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    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 ????
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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
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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.
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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
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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
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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]
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    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
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    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!)
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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.
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    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
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    jojo S3 Drift King! Staff Member Moderator

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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!
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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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