The regular readers of this site know that I owned a MkIV GTI. So did our fellow contributor Brian. We’d both agree that these were not Volkswagen’s most stellar effort to date. As Brian once quipped, these cars were “fat, bloated and slow. Like Elvis in the seventies.” He had his Rave Green VR6 for a year and a half, during which the intake shifter rod failed. I had my Satin Silver 2.0 for exactly two years, during which many trim pieces fell off inside and out, and the dashboard lights and warning lights would flicker on and off like a pinball machine on full tilt.
Now that the years have passed, is it time to give these hatchbacks a second look? While they aren’t exactly faithful to the original GTI formula of nimble handling and lightness, it wasn’t all terrible. The handling was a bit more ponderous than my MkIII GTI 2.0, but it was still a fairly fun car. One thing I wish it had more of was power. Due to my young age, I couldn’t afford the insurance and extra cost of the VR6 model at the time. But the idea of bolting a supercharger to the “2.slow” was an attractive idea. This Cosmic Green 1999 GTI 2.0 has the Neuspeed supercharger kit under the hood as well as a cat back exhaust and Bilstein shocks.
Model: GTI 2.0
Engine: 2.0 liter supercharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 122,054 mi
Price: Reserve auction
This rare, German made MK4 was purchased from the original owner in Santa Barbara back in 2009 with 72k miles. Since then, it has only been driven summers and stored inside over the winters. The car is tastefully modded with an array of Neuspeed goodies and performs great with no hindrance to reliability. This car is female owned and has never been raced or tracked.
The car recently was driven for a summer vacation and didn’t miss a beat along the 26 hour journey. It has seen only synthetic oil changes (Mobil 1 or Castrol) since new. This vehicle currently has 122k miles on it, but should continue to climb as this car is driven. Everything works, from the A/C and moonroof to the rear wiper.
1999 MK4 Golf GTi
Cosmic Green / Black Sport Cloth
Supercharged 2.0L / 5 Speed Manual
Neuspeed Supercharger Kit
Miltek Sport Full Cat Back Exhaust
Color Matched Engine & Battery Cover
OEM Lupo GTi Shift Knob & Boot
OEM Leather GTi E-Brake Boot
Alpine Head Unit
Borath Front Grill
Filled Hood Notch
Filled Bumper Notch
Grillcraft Grill Inserts
Shaved Side Markers
Modified 337 Front Lip
Smoothed 337 Rear Apron
Caractere Rear Roof Spoiler
Hella Magic Color Tails
Color Matched Rear Badge
Neupseed Sport Lowering Springs
Neuspeed Front Strut Tower Bar
Neuspeed Rear Sway Bar
Wheel & Tire:
16″ Steel Wheels
205/55R16 Summer Performance Tires
**Note: The car will not come with Porsche Wheel & Tire Setup**
More photos can be found here:
The car had the timing belt & water pump work completed when we took ownership, as well as a fresh supercharger rebuild two years ago. It also received a new power steering pump and brakes last season. Although not perfect, this is an exceptionally clean, 100% rust-free example of a well-rounded MK4.
Sale includes some extras such as two sets of floor mats, windshield sun shade, and a nice stack of past receipts/history.
The MkIII and MkIV GTIs fall in that range of not yet classic but too old to be desirable for those considering a slightly used vehicle. In the case of the MkIV, with exception of the R32, they weren’t exactly as loved as the Mk1 or MkII, or even the MkIII, some would argue. The one thing that bothers me about this ride is that the seller is unwilling to sell the car with the wheels, which is a shame in this case. I think the Porsche turbo style wheels certainly dress up this ride. If I were selling a car, I’d have it equipped as sold. I wouldn’t tease people with aftermarket bits you aren’t going to include. As it sits, I’d expect this car might bring $4,500 to $6,000, given that the modifications are fairly tasteful when it comes to tuned Volkswagens of the period.