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So I've been looking at my local listings on KSL.com for a MkIV GTI, and have found a few checked out a few, and almost bought a few. But it never happened and I'm still GTIless.
I found these two right here:
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/1640327?ad_cid=1
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/1559218?ad_cid=8
I've talked to the owners and they have all documented maintenance; fuel pump, water pump, and timing belt on both.
So the only thing left, is deciding between an older year and less miles.
or a more recent year, with more miles.
Seems kind of backwards, but it is what it is.
My only concern with buying the older model is that the electrics might be really iffy
and not as up-to-date.
Let me know what you guys think, really excited to join the VDub Club ;)
Thanks guys.
 

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So I've been looking at my local listings on KSL.com for a MkIV GTI, and have found a few checked out a few, and almost bought a few. But it never happened and I'm still GTIless.
I found these two right here:
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/1640327?ad_cid=1
http://www.ksl.com/auto/listing/1559218?ad_cid=8
I've talked to the owners and they have all documented maintenance; fuel pump, water pump, and timing belt on both.
So the only thing left, is deciding between an older year and less miles.
or a more recent year, with more miles.
Seems kind of backwards, but it is what it is.
My only concern with buying the older model is that the electrics might be really iffy
and not as up-to-date.
Let me know what you guys think, really excited to join the VDub Club ;)
Thanks guys.
The price difference isn't much between both cars. 1.8T is a 2005 model with over 140K driven while the VR6 is a 2000 model and far away from 100K and the owner claims to have done timing chains already which is good but he will have to prove that by somehow showing you the receipts for the parts and the old parts.
Electronics on MK4's are very reliable, much more than the MK3's and I would still advise you to go with someone who has knowledge and experience with MK4's and MK4 wiring to cross check the important areas like the fuse and relay panels, engine wiring harness and connectors and the A-Pillar wiring connecting station. The advertisement says that the VR6 has no issues and no lights in the cluster, a simple VAG-COM Scan of the ECU and modules can still give a reading of stored codes and once you clear the codes and no more codes remain then you know that it's a 0 issue car so try to have that done as well. One thing that stood out between the VR6 and the 1.8T is that the VIN from the VR6 says it's a German assembled model and not a Brazilian assembled like the 1.8T. Mid 2001 assembly shifted from Wolfsburg, Germany to Curitiba, Brasil so yeah the VR6 is a real Wolfie and not a photoshoot model with a butt job!!
Furthermore MK4 GTI VR6's are 1 out of 15,416 units sold by Volkswagen of America between mid 1999 up until mid 2004, while the amount of MK4 GTI 1.8T's sold was almost three times as much. The MK4 GTI VR6 soon will become a sought after collector's item, just give it some time and with 86K on the clock that car has lots of life left in it, just keep the oil changes as specified and you won't have much issues as compared to the 1.8T that is more prone to coil pack failure, misfires and boost/ vacuum leaks.
My opinion is go for the VR6 as it looks a tad cleaner than the 1.8T also.
 

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Thanks so much for the reply!
I'm actually going to take a look at the VR6 tonight, really stoked on it.
 
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