1996 Volkswagen GTI VR6

One car that sticks in my mind which I have yet to try on for size is the Mk3 Volkswagen GTI VR6. Having owned a 1998 GTI 2.0, I yearned for the increased power of the six cylinder variant at times but knew it was all but out of reach for a younger motorist like myself at the time. The VR6 really took the hot hatchback formula and kicked it up a notch, transforming an otherwise sedate looking Mk3 Golf into a performer that could run with the big dogs. It also paved the way for more refined hatchbacks, such as the MINI Cooper S, Mercedes C-Class Sportcoupe and CLC and the BMW 1 series hatchback. This 1996 GTI VR6 for sale in Georgia is about to crest 70,000 miles and is quite unmolested, which is rare for a car that was an object of desire of the Fast and Furious set.

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Year: 1996
Model: GTI VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 69,639 mi
Price: $4,600 Buy It Now

1996 VOLKSWAGEN GTI VR6
5 Speed Manual Transmission Black With Black Leather.
Blaupunkt AM/FM/MP3 Removable With CD Changer/Amp And JL Audio Subwoofer
This Volkswagen GTI Is A One Owner Meticulously Maintained Vehicle
All Service And Maintenance Receipts.
Clutch Replaced Less Than 100 Miles Ago And It Shifts Smoothly.
The Car Runs Great And Everything Works As It Should
Don’t Miss Out On This Low Mileage Volkswagen GTI
Good Luck Bidding.

It’s increasingly rare that we spot a clean Mk3 Golf, GTI or Jetta/Vento. While this one has a few issues, notably the somewhat dodgy amplifier in the trunk and worn off leather on the gear knob, it’s nothing the new owner could not address and improve upon. It also seems that this car has largely escaped the ravages of rust, which is a well known weak point of Mk3 VWs. Considering the mileage and condition, this GTI is priced realistically for a quick sale. Here’s hoping an intrepid VW enthusiast snaps this one up and continues to preserve it for future generations.

-Paul

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4 Comments

  1. One of my favorite cars ever! The VR6 was so smooth and powerful, and the chassis so much tighter than the rattley 1991 GTI 16V that it replaced. At the time it seemed to be a much better looking car as well. Now 20 years later the 16V is clearly the better looking car and imho the best GTI ever. I had a 1984 Rabbit GTI before the 16V and don’t really get the hype. But I turned 16 in 1990 so the cars on the showroom floor at that time leave a permanent mark and for me that was primarily the big bumper GTI 16V (along with the e30 M3, the e28 M5, 964 C4, and the UrQuattro).

  2. I really enjoyed my MK3 VR6 Jetta.

    This seems like a good deal for 1 owner, low miles with a new clutch.

    If I needed a daily I’d be all over it.

  3. My introduction to “euro” cars was in a black MkIII VR6 “Trek” edition. Having been bumming around in a third gen Camaro, I was blown away by the handling and–even more–the interior quality. Now the MkIII seems like a low point, but it was pretty impressive at the time.

  4. My first new car was a 1998 MkIII GTI VR6. I still have it although it spends its time these days in retirement nice and clean and covered on a battery tender. Mine is straight, clean and stock as well with all records and a logbook back to date of purchase June 24, 1998. I’ve been tempted to sell it over the years just to make things easier as I have 6 cars at the moment. But the write up brought up both points that always make me hold onto it…1) the fast and furious type that would destroy it and 2) the fact that factory original cars getting hard to come by. Honestly I was hoping this car would be more money! So now add a #3 to my ‘keep list’… Not worth selling!
    …. I do wish it had a little more MkII look to differentiate it from the rest of the line…..

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