1990 Volkswagen GLi 16V – REVISIT

The Tornado Red 1990 Volkswagen Jetta GLi 2.0 16V we featured in last week is back up for sale with a low Buy It Now of $3,000. One of these gems has recently joined the GCFSB fleet (watch for an update soon!); they’re neat quick cars that remain a solid value among special Volkswagens – especially in comparison to the Scirocco and GTi 16Vs that pull much stronger money. With a nearly 30% price drop, this one seems like a great value now!

The below post originally appeared on our site November 3, 2013:

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: $3,000 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

Wednesday Wheels: great options from BBS

BBS. Few letters cross boundaries of generations and marques of cars like BBS do. Renowned as some of the highest quality OEM, aftermarket and racing wheels available, BBSs have been selected by nearly all of the marques we feature as stock wheels or wheel upgrades, and many tuners still select them. In the heady 1980s, BBS really defined the aftermarket wheel category with it’s evergreen RS models, still highly sought after by most enthusiasts. Today we’re going to look at some different BBS options, each for a different marque. Let’s start with some popular BBS RMs – the two piece version of the RS, originally fit to 2.0 16V GTis between 1990 and 1992, but look great on 2002s, 320s, E30s, and most VWs:

Year: N/A
Model: RM 012
Diameter: 15″
Width: 6.5″
Bolt Pattern: 4 x 100
Offset: ET 33
Condition: Refinished
Tires: Not included
Price: GBP 760 Buy It Now ($1,216.08)

CLICK FOR DETAILS: 1993 M-System 2 on eBay

Set of 4 Genuine BBS RS/RM012 6.5J x 15″ 4×100 ET/IS33 Alloy Wheels / Split Rims

– Original BBS 2 Pieces wheels
– PCD 4×100 (E30 Golf Polo Astra Clio Civic Swift II. )
– OFFSET: ET33
– newly painted centers “Nogaro Silver Matt”
– freshly polished lips
– newly chromed screws
– The 4 BBS 3d wheel caps are included

Shipping to the US & EU Countries, email me for prices.

Please contact : auto@emails.hu – International buyers wellcome! Offers welcome!

When I originally saw the “Lobster Claw” wheels fitted to the then new 997 C2S/C4S, I loved the design. For me it’s one of those intangible items I can’t completely define, but I just love how 997s look with these. Porsche OEM wheels are always pricey, but these would be a great upgrade to an earlier non-S model or return one to stock. As a bonus, these come with some meaty and pricey tires that you could get some use out of:

Year: 2006/2007
Model: 997 Carrera 2S/4S OEM
Diameter: 19″
Width: 8″ front, 11″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 130
Offset: ET 57 front, ET 51 rear
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Michelin Pilot Sport 235-35-19 (F) 305-30-19 (R)
Price: $1,300 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: Porsche 997 OEM C2S/C4S BBS Wheels on eBay

Buyer will pay $130 for shipping and handling. I do not ship to Canada, PR, Hawaii and Alaska. IF USING PAYPAL, I ONLY SHIP TO PAYPAL CONFIRMED ADDRESS AND NO P.O. BOX.

Disclaimer: Please feel free to ask questions before purchasing. Wheels and tires are used and are sold “as is” condition. Buyer acknowledges any and all responsibilty in purchasing used wheels and tires.

In the performance world, bigger isn’t always better; if you’re heading to the track, keeping a smaller diameter wheel keeps both weight and tire costs down. Looking for a slick set of track wheels to bolt onto your M3 or other late 80s/early 90s BMW? This set on offer from our friends at Classic Car Club Manhattan may be the ticket:

Year: N/A
Model: BBS RK
Diameter: 16″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 120
Offset: ET 15
Condition: USed
Tires: Not Included
Price: $900

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RK Wheels on eBay

Up for sale is a set of four BBS RK 16″ wheels. Wheels have no curb rash. Center hub caps on wheels do have small blemishes. Wheels are taped up in pictures for shipping. These wheels look outstanding on almost all BMWs. An example is our very own E30 M3. Best looking wheel setup on any E30 we’ve seen.

One of the more popular wheels with the B5 and B5.5 Audi A4/VW Passat chassis was the factory option BBS VZ; these RZs copy with look but have a centercap hiding the lugs. Perfectly offset for late 90s/early 00s Audis and Passats, these would really help to fill the arches out and are priced really aggressively, as well as coming with tires. Doesn’t get much better than that:

Year: N/A
Model: BBS RZ
Diameter: 17″
Width: 8″
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 35
Condition: Used
Tires: Included Goodyear Eagle F1 235-45-17
Price: $500 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: BBS RZ Wheels on eBay

I have a set of 4 BBS wheels with Goodyear Eagle F1’s. The tires are 235-45z-R17. There are a few minor blemishes in the wheels but other than that they are in good condition. Local pick up after sale or will try to assist buyer with shipping that they arrange.

Lastly, nearly everyone pines over the AMG Monoblocks. They’re cool looking wheels that really suit big-body Mercedes well. Today’s set looks to be in fabulous condition and looks great in multi-piece configuration with polished lips. These are also aggressively staggered, and could either dress up a lower spec Benz or replace some horrible chromies your car’s former homies put on there:

Year: 2002
Model: AMG Monoblock II
Diameter: 18″
Width: 8.5″ front, 10″ rear
Bolt Pattern: 5 x 112
Offset: ET 25
Condition: Used
Tires: Not Included
Price: $988 Buy It Now

CLICK FOR DETAILS: AMG Monoblock Wheels on eBay

Offered for an appreciating new owner is this beautiful set of four Mercedes Benz 18″ AMG two-piece BBS staggered wheels with bolts. They came off a 2002 Mercedes Benz SL500. I am not certain what else they will fit. They are 18″ x10″ rears and 18″ x 8 1/2″ fronts with et25 offset. I am told they are Monoblok IIs. They are all in very nice slightly imperfect condition with some light blemishes/curb rash. Buy it now price includes free packing and shipping to you anywhere in the U.S..

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-Carter