Mk.2 Volkswagen GTi Roundup

Hang on for the ride, folks. I have not one, not two, but six Mk.2 GTis to cover here. Like all good Mk.2 GTis, none of these cars is stock, so you’re going to have to pick you poison. From engine mods to suspension, interior and exterior mods, we’ve got it all here – but don’t judge a book, because I don’t think they’re all bad. Let’s start with the one I think it the strongest example – a neat grey example with a VR6 swap:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen GTi on Seattle Craigslist

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1992 Volkswagen GTi 16V

About a week ago I posted a 1991 Volkswagen GTi 8V in Montana Green on our Facebook fan page. It wasn’t the best example, but it wasn’t horrible either and as I said finding these Mk. 2 GTis in rare colors such as Montana Green in original condition is really quite hard. For whatever reason, the questionable tastes of the watercooled crowds have claimed many victims who have suffered countless horrendous modifications in lieu of strong maintenance and careful ownership. Consequently, original condition GTis tend to command the strongest money out there, and today is no exception. Sure, you can find a VR6 or 1.8T swapped GTi from this generation for less money just about any day of the week, but if you really want to relive the days of the hot hatch at Volkswagen, the hottest setup you could get was the 1990-1992 GTi 16V 2.0, and today we see one in original configuration and relatively unmolested. Care to play the lottery? You might just need to to afford one of these:

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi 2.0 16V on eBay

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4WD Week: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country

You’d be forgiven for thinking that we were excited to run over to German sites to check out all the cool all-wheel drive cars you couldn’t get here, because some of the most fun we have is looking at those cars we didn’t get. Falling squarely into the “Coolest Volkswagen Ever” top 5 has to be one of the many Volkswagen Golf models that failed to come to the U.S. Well before the SUV and Crossover craze grasped American’s taste, Germans were trying their hardest to exercise their sense of humor when they created one of the niche-iest Golfs – the Golf Country. As I said in the Golf Variant Syncro post, I was pretty floored in my visit to Germany in the late 1990s when I saw these jacked up Golfs rolling around Freiburg. Featuring big brush guards, an external spare tire for additional rear ground clearance (of which there was a lot!), some great looking Speedline wheels and the iconic Mk.2 Volkswagen hatchback body, the Golf Country was an instant legend among VW fans. Coveted even in their home country, many are still in great shape and come up for sale today on German Ebay, such as today’s Tornado Red example:

Year: 1991
Model: Golf Country
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 138,000 km (85,749 mi)
Price: €6,900 ($9,516.48 today)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1991 Volkswagen Golf Country on eBay.de

Vehicle description:
Interior blue,

Alloy Wheels

A vehicle which can not be compared with the others, as the paint is not faded and in very good condition. Driver’s seat is not torn and only shows light daily use. / / * EXCHANGE, TRADE-IN YOUR VEHICLE OR MORTGAGE LENDING, AND FINANCING POSSIBLE! * Changes, mistakes and prior sale reserved.All information without guarantee

You can find more offers on our website: www.derfaller.de

More details on the car can be found here
Contact:
the faller + co. impex euro cars OHG
Phone: +49 (0) 7131 941 060
eMail: faller@mobile.de
Contacts:
the faller + co. impex euro cars OHG

Neckarsulmer Str 21
DE-74076 Heilbronn

Phone: +497131941060
Fax: +497131941062
eMail: faller@mobile.de

Commercial register: Heilbronn / Neckar
Location Trade:. HRA 103587

VAT ID. according to § 27a sales tax law:
DE811601230

Authorised representative: Stephen Faller / Edwin Urs Mallets

Tornado Red has to be one of the rarer colors on the Golf Country, as many were black or period toothpaste-green. If you caught our Facebook teaser photo yesterday, you saw the parts that made up the Golf Country – more than just a few brush guards, it included revised springs and shocks, frame rail protection and skid plates and more – a total of 438 parts. That resulted in a pretty high price for the Country – but that didn’t seem to deter buyers. This particular example doesn’t have the heavily bolstered sport seats but otherwise is fully equipped and looks to be in stellar shape. Still a few years from legal importation, these are high on the VW Mafia’s hit-list to grab as soon as the government says “go” so expect prices to crest around 2015-2016 when they start coming over. For now, they’re still not particularly cheap – $9,500 will buy you most any Golf model you want in the U.S. – but none of them will be a Golf Country, and for some folks there is no substitute.

-Carter

Afternoon Accessories: Votex Volkswagen Mk.2 Rear Spoiler

Back when I owned a Mk.2, I was very excited to get a a GTi rear spoiler – that was, until I realized that it bolted through the rear window and I needed to purchase a new rear window, too. In hindsight, this probably would have been a cheaper and easier route to go! With double-sided adhesive tape, this Mk.2 Votex unit sticks onto the back of the car and is a rare, period correct accessory:

Year: 1985-1992
Model: Golf and GTi
Condition: New
Price: $290 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Votex Mk.2 Rear Spoiler on eBay

Very rare: NEW Rear Roof Spoiler with Clear 3rd Brakelight for all Golf Mk.2. This part was made by Votex/Germany and is not anymore in production for ages.

NEW in box with mounting hardware, brakelight, wiring and mounting instructions.

Fast shipping with DHL/Deutsche Post following payment.

There aren’t too many times that you can get a 30 year old accessory like this new in box, and for those looking to complete the ultimate Golf build this might just suit the need! At $290, this seems pretty reasonably priced given the rarity and new condition.

-Carter

1992 Volkswagen GTi VR6 swap

The Montana Green Mk.2 2.0 16V GTi has been a monster that has haunted my dreams since I first saw one. I’m not sure why it had such an impact on me, but it’s undeniable how much I love this car. Every time I see one for sale I try to figure out some way to justify not buying it and every time the argument becomes a little less convincing. Fortunately for me, today’s example isn’t “the one” that I’d get – because today’s example appears to be originally a 1.8 8V version which has had a serious motivation transplant in the form of the 2.8 VR6. Take a look:

Year: 1992
Model: GTi
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow-angle VR6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 100,000 mi
Price: $4,200 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1992 Volkswagen GTi on eBay

For sale is my 1992 RUST FREE GTI VR6. REAL GTI

DETAILS:
1992 Montana green GTI This is NOT A CLONE it is a REAL GTI

Rust free

Original paint expect for the front fenders ( the front fenders were replaced with euro fenders by previous owner)
VR6 5 speed Swap out of a Corrado, around 90,000 miles on it, runs and shifts good. ( driven daily)
Super Nice interior all in great shape. The drivers side seat has a small tear.
Super clean dash with no cracks.
Headliner is in perfect condition and sun roof works and doesnt leak.
Wind sheild has a few chips but all other glass is in great shape.
16″ wheels
bilstein struts and lowering springs
4 Wheel disc brakes
Brand new radiator and starter!
New axles and MAF sensor, installed last spring

Speedometer and Instrument Cluster works perfect, everything is wired in and working including warning lights

New Corrado Radiator and Starter installed this year!

Its ready to Drive and I drive this car daily to work. Im looking to go in another direction and that’s why it is for sale.

Again this car is RUST FREE, Floors are solid, the bottoms of the doors are solid, the hatch is solid, no rust holes anywere!

occasionally it smokes a little while it idles And the E-brake doesn’t work it will need cables replaced

So jump on your chance to own a rust free GTI! Euro plate is NOT sold with the car.

BODY:

The car has a Few scratches and some very small dents. The passenger rear body side molding is missing as well. Its an older car so please do not expect it to be

The Car is also Listed Locally for sale and I reserve the right to end the Auction at ANY TIME during this auction.

Call or TEXT with any questions or if you want to come see the car in person.

Alex (928)-533-0560
located in Canton,Ohio 44714

mileage on the body is Unknown—-

I have described the car to the Best of my knowledge. I have driven it for some time and it’s a lot of fun. I am selling the car were is and AS IS. It is your responsibility to come and inspect it before you bid to see if this car is right for you before you bid. If you win the auction. The car is yours. Shipping is YOUR COST and responsibility to arrange. I will not be delivering the car. I can help arrange pick up or possibly drive it to a location for pick up but the Buyer will be paying me for my time and Fuel to do so. The car is located in Ohio and please take the time to find out what shipping cost is from ohio before you bid. Again shipping is your cost. The title will not be released until all funds are in my hand for the complete purchase price. I have a clear title ready to go. Thanks for looking and happy Bidding

From memory, the Corrado transplant is the easier one to do into this chassis because they’re very similar. Overall the car looks pretty good but certainly not perfect. There are a few dents, the front fenders shade don’t quite match the rest of the car, the wheels are horrible, and there is some trim missing. To me none of those would be deal breakers, because I think this car is pretty reasonably priced at $4,200. Critical to Mk.2 GTis, there is no rust and the problems present couldn’t be overcome without a little work. I’m guessing from the amount of replaced parts in the front that it suffered a frontal impact, and the Mk.2 is a fairly soft chassis so I’d check out that it was straight before pulling the trigger. It’s not the car that haunts my dreams but I think it represents a neat way to get into a hot hatch that’s pretty unique.

-Carter

1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V

Volkswagen and Audi in the 1980s were an interesting bunch. Consistency in product was just not one of their strong suits, and consequently there are some strangely equipped “changeover” cars that made there way to the U.S.. My Coupe GT is one of these; a digital-dash equipped 1986 non-Commemorative Edition car, it’s one of those “off the books” cars. However, I’m not alone; I had a friend with a 1990 8V GTi that should have had the later “big bumpers” but didn’t. Today’s Jetta GLi must have also been a “Monday” car as well, since although it sports the 2.0 16V engine, it doesn’t have the 1990 aerodynamic bumpers that characterized the 2.0. Either way, it’s red, it’s got Recaros, and it’s got a 7,200 RPM redline:

Year: 1990
Model: GLi 16V
Engine: 2.0 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 109,000 mi
Price: $3,800 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V on eBay

A dying breed, an unmolested pre-93 Volkswagen is a rare find. An unmolested 16v GLI is even rarer. A favorite of VW enthusaists, the 16v GLIs and GTIs are the top level of performance offered in the MK2 (at least in the US). The 1990 model sported the 134 bhp 2.0 16v (it was 1.8L on earlier GLIs) mated to a quick ratio 5 speed gearbox making these cars are a blast to drive. The GLI also offered Recaro sport seats, BBS RA alloys and a GLI trim package that differentiated it from your every day GLI, Recaro Seats. 109K mileage, well maintained, new studded snow tires,sunroof w/ deflector. One small dent on left rear door, one small dent under trunk lid, one crack in windsheild on passenger side, right rear ext. door handle needs work.

Sellers, sellers, sellers…if you’re going to quote what makes your car special and then not have those items, don’t quote them. Case in point; “BBS RA alloys”. Yes, the GLi came with them but no, the wheels on this car are not RAs. They appear to be RZ alloys, probably off a Corrado. It’s a minor point, but it shows a lack of attention to detail in ownership. That’s backed up by the “quick ratio 5 speed” quote. Steering boxes are quick ratio, gearboxes are close ratio. But ultimately, you’re not buying the seller or the description, so perhaps neither of these things matter but I do have to admit they bother me.

The car shows signs of use, but overall presents decently for a driver. The 16V specific air dam needs to be replaced but last time I bought one from the dealer it wasn’t too pricey, there are some dents, but the important stuff is there. Critically for these cars, it’s unmodified. While it would carry more weight if it was a GTi 2.0 16V, at below $4,000 this car appears to be appropriately priced considering it’s current condition. It sure would make a fun daily driver!

-Carter

Generation Gap? 1988 VW GTi 16V v. 1998 VW GTi VR6 (edit)

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In my recent Jetta GLi post, I took a look at two late model Jettas that were around the same price as an earlier A2 Jetta GLi 16v. In that post, I claimed that the Jetta was the red-headed step-child of Volkswagen. Well, if that’s the case, here is the good son – the GTi. Acclaimed as the original of the “Hot Hatch” market, the original A1 GTi gained weight before it even hit U.S. shores and never stopped eating. Each generation gained weight, options and complexity – and to make up for that, VW kept upping the power. From the simple 1.6 8V the original sported, it was up to 1.8 liters by the time it hit U.S. shores – then a few years later, gained 8 more valves, than another .2 liters in 1990, and finally made the jump to the narrow angle VR6 with its mighty 2.8 liters pumping out nearly double the horsepower of the original. Despite the changes, each generation has been revered by it’s own group of enthusiasts, and it’s rare to find original condition GTis over 10 years old. Today we have two examples that are pretty original from two very different generations -a 1988 GTi 16v and a 1998 GTi VR6. Let’s start with the 1988:

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Year: 1988
Model: GTi 16v
Engine: 1.8 liter inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 169,700 mi
Price: $6,950

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1988 Volkswagen GTi 16V at Experience Cars

1988 VOLKSWAGEN GTI, black, must see to appreciate. Very rare to find a GTI in this condition. runs and drives excellent. Alarm system, stereo abs brakes, air conditioning, alloy wheels, anti-lock brake system: 4-wheel abs, body style: hatchback 2-dr, cargo volume: 17.50 cu.ft., cassette player, curb weight-automatic: 2653 lbs, curb weight-manual: 2565 lbs, driver airbag, engine type: 2.0l l4 sohc 8v, front brake type: disc,front headroom: 37.50 in.,front hip room: 51.60 in.,front legroom: 42.30 in., front shoulder room: 54.00 in., front spring type: coil, front suspension: ind, fuel economy- city: 22 – 24 miles/gallon, fuel economy- highway: 29 – 31 miles/gallon, ground clearance: 4.80 in.,manual sunroof, maximum payload: 1072 lbs, maximum towing: 2000 lbs, overall height: 56.20 in., overall length: 160.40 in., overall width: 66.70 in., passenger airbag, passenger volume: 86.80 cu.ft.,power door locks, power windows, rear brake type: disc, rear headroom: 37.40 in., rear hip room: 52.10 in., rear legroom: 31.50 in., rear shoulder room: 54.60 in., rear spring type: coil, rear suspension: ind, rear window defogger, standard payload: 1072 lbs, standard seating: 5, standard towing: 2000 lbs, steering type: r&p, tachometer,tank: 14.50 gallon,tires: 195/60r14, track front: 57.50 in., track rear: 57.00 in., turning diameter: 32.80 in., wheelbase: 97.40 in., 169,700 miles, VIN: 1vwdc0176jv036393, Don’t miss our Big April Spring Cleaning Sale April 4-7th! Huge discounts on over 150 cars and trucks! Experience Cars at 2500 North Carson Street in Carson City; Experience the Difference!

This car is pretty interesting – it has the bumpers and headlights from a later model (1990 up) but is listed as an early car, which would mesh with the lack of automatic seatbelts. The bumpers are easy enough to swap, but most people don’t swap the fog lights in too. However, that attention to detail may indicate that the previous owner was a fanatic or enthusiast which is verified by the condition of the car – certainly better than most that you run across despite the mileage. The dealer offers little information but does claim ABS, something that didn’t appear until the Mk.3 GTi, but then they also say it’s an 8 valve when it clearly has double that. That may raise some warning flags, especially considering the price of the car. If the price and peaky 4 cylinder of this car are enough to push you away, the grass is always greener on the other side of the fence; in this case, more Tornado Red in the form of this VR6 GTi:

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Year: 1998
Model: GTi VR6
Engine: 2.8 liter narrow angle-6
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 151,270 mi
Price: $2,595 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1998 Volkswagen GTi VR6 on Web2Cars

Fun little car that can save you money at the gas pump.

I have to thank the dealer for the overwhelming amount of information on this one. It appears from the Speedline-made wheels and shift knob to be one of the more desirable “Driver’s Edition” GTi VR6s. 1997 GTis were the only Driver’s Edition, while 1998 received the DE bits. It seems that A3 GTi VR6s are hard to come by in good original condition, but this one appears to be so. This is made even a bit more special by being one of the limited edition. Typically these cars are either heaps or heavily modified so it’s neat to see a clean original one, even if the miles are slightly higher. These are fun cars to drive, are fairly easy to work on, and reasonably cheap to keep running. The A3 doesn’t enjoy a reputation for being the most trouble-free Volkswagen ever made, but my experience overall owning a 97 Golf also in Tornado Red was pretty positive. There were some issues to overcome, but it was a great driving car and this one would be all the better with that sweet VR6 note these put out.

At half the price of the 16V, even taking into account the 16V is a harder car to come by in this condition, I’d have to go for the VR6. I do love the 16V GTis, but were I in the market I’d probably hold out for one in a color I’d prefer as this car is priced towards the top of the market. The VR6, on the other hand, looks great, is a great color, and is priced at the sweet spot to jump into ownership without too many concerns. Complaints about the Mk.3 compared to the Mk.2 were the same from Mk.2 to Mk. 1 – too big, too heavy, too complicated; these factors lead enthusiasts to claim VW lost it’s way and the original intent of the GTi. But looking at the fairly lightweight Mk.3 in comparison to the heavyweight Mk.4 and Mk. 5s, it’s downright tiny and relatively simple.

Which one would you have?

-Carter