1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6

I’ve been banging on for quite some time about how much I dreaded my 2000 Volkswagen GTI 2.0, or “Satan’s own ride” as I called it. From day one, it was electrical problems, trim items falling off, you name the issue, this car had it. Just thinking about part on that car would would make it break. I was quite surprised, given this was a GTI built in Wolfsburg, Germany. Nevertheless, I traded it in one day after the warranty expired. The car I had before the 2000 GTI was a Mexican built 1998 GTI 2.0. I liked that car much better. Even though I only had it for one year, it had no issues and was, in my opinion, more fun to drive than its MkIV counterpart.

I still long to have my red 1998 GTI back, and every time I see a MkIII, whether it’s the 2.0 or the VR6, it brings back good motoring memories. It’s hard to find low mileage MkIIIs these days, but here’s a good driver for sale on Long Island.

1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 on eBay

We are proud to offer this very clean 1998 Volkswagen Golf GTI VR6 5-Speed hatchback with 111k miles. These are becoming harder and harder to find in good condition and this is a very nice example. This one has some of the “Driver’s Edition” options such as the golf ball shift knob and red stitching on the steering wheel, shift boot, and emergency brake lever. This GTI has been very well maintained and it shows. Everything works in this vehicle and it drives amazingly well for the year. The tires are all fairly new. The tailgate is a bit rusty (very common on these), but this is easy to swap out for a new one. This GTI is completely stock aside from an aftermarket air intake (sounds beautiful). Please see all pictures for exact condition. It is a very clean vehicle overall. Feel free to give us a call with any questions or to make arrangements to come see this vehicle.

This car has the usual rust issues on the tailgate and a few other cosmetic issues that could use some attention. If you could snag this car for around $3,500, I would consider it well bought. The VR6 is one of those legendary engines and provided the car checked out okay mechanically, it would be a lot of fun on the cheap.

-Paul

When the doors open up, they open UP – Modified 1993 VW Corrado

You know how post on a Corrado here on GCFSB, we comment on how great it is to see unmodified examples? Well, here’s why. Like the clean lines of a forward-thinking, early-90s German sports car? Why not totally obscure them with a two-toned paint job and lots of vents! Like that sports car with the utility of a hatchback? Why not fill the whole trunk with two 12-inch woofers! Like being able to step into your car like a normal human? Why not throw some Lambo doors on it so you have to contort and squeeze in through half the normal aperture! Everybody’s got their own tastes, some just include underbody neon lights.

1993 Volkswagen Corrado for sale on eBay


From the seller:

93 Volkswagon Corrado LAMBO DOORS

hey well sad to say i have my volkswagon for sale with a baby on the way i have to part with it and get more of a family oriented car. I have had the car since 06 i got it with 86,000 miles on it. The car now has 118,000 miles on it the car was just painted last summer with black metalic on top and red on the bottom. The interior is pretty much stock but i have racing buckets seats that will be included in this auction along with the original set of rims and tires. I have put around 13,000 to 15,000 into this car i have receipts for absolutely everything i not only made it look amazing but i have also maintained everything along the way.

list of upgrades
new paint black/red
Lambo doors
high performance exhaust
body kit
bullet fenders
carbon fiber hood with working hood scoop
rims black and silver 18′ with three new tires the one didnt need replaced
bucket seats red and black have not been put in the car but come with the auction
kenwood flip screen dvd brand new
underbody red lights and interior red lights that have sequence lighting
halo lights
euro tail lights
euro fog and turn signals
2 12inch square kickers with 1,000 watt kenwood amp
k and n air filter
I have tons of odds and ins for this car if you need more i can get more
all mechanical stuff is done by a foreign car mechanic in southern IL name of the mechanics shop LAZY 8 i can get all the receipts for the thousands of stuff i have maintened over the last couple years. whoever buys this car will not be disappointed i am only saling because i need a four door car

No bids at the $6,500 opening price, but somewhere between that and the $8,000 Buy-it-Now, it could be yours! I’d pay $6,500 for a very clean and original Corrado, but my personal tastes would force me to spend another few grand on this undoing all of the modifications so that I could have a clean, 120k-mile VR6 Corrado.

-NR

Not 508 Compliant: 1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin VR6

I love odd cars. Everything from the Citroën XM to the NSU Ro80 gets me going. So anytime one of these wildly colored Volkswagen Golf Harlequins come up for sale, I take note. I loved and miss my MkIII GTI 2.0 to this day. A much better drive than the subsequent MkIV I owned and chuckable in a similar manner that my Cooper S is (albeit with less sharp steering and suspension reactions). Here is what could possibly be the only VR6 equipped Harlequin for sale up in Massachusetts over on VW Vortex.

1996 Volkswagen Golf Harlequin VR6 for sale on VW Vortex

The seller states:

Hi Everyone, after a lot of debating with myself I am selling my harlequin. I have owned it for 5 years and during that time i have basically gone through and done everything (including many upgrades) that ever needs to be replaced or breaks. Everything was done the right way, no shortcuts, I had planned on keeping this car for the long haul but i don’t have the time to enjoy it like it should be. The Car has been put away for the past 8 winters in dry storage, oil changed every 3k or yearly whichever comes first (I have hardly put 2k on the car for the past 2 summers.)

The car is an absolute blast to drive and turns more heads then a ferarri (no lie). Car is very reliable and ready to go!

Here are the specs:

1996 Golf Harlequin #19/264
Pistachio Green Base

Engine
o VR6 Swap with ~138K
o Recent Timing Chain Service with All Hardware, Water Pump, Thermostat <10K o Mk4 Metal Head Gasket o Gruvenparts Crack Pipe o Yarrowsport Billet Belt Tensioner o Autotech 10lb Steel Flywheel o Black Forest Industries Stage 1 Poly Motor Mounts Trans o 02A Rebuilt with New 1st, 2nd, and Reverse Syncros. <10K o TDI 5th gear (for highway cruising) o Clutchnet Stage 2 Clutch (375 ft-lb) o Peloquins Differential o New Empi Driveshafts <10K o Black Forest Industries Stage 1 Poly Trans Mount Suspension o Complete VR6 Suspension Swap o Koni Yellow Adjustable Shocks and Struts o H&R Race Springs o R32 Front Control Arm Bushings o All Suspension Bushings Replaced <15K Exterior o Euro Bumpers o Hella Dual Round Headlights o OEM Fog Lights o New OEM Front Fenders o New OEM Hatch Brakes o Mintex Red Box Pads <10K o New OEM Rotors <10K o GAP Braided Stainless Brake Hose o ATE Super Blue Brake Fluid Wheels/Tires o VW Monte Carlo 17” rims o 205/35/17 Falken Azenis RT615 Tires (less than half worm) Im sure there are more things i have forgotten. Asking: $10500 OBO

The seller is pretty honest and lengthy in his description and the car does look to be in good shape for the mileage covered and the fact that it is a Northeastern vehicle. $10,500 is steep for a MkIII Golf of any sort. If it was more around the $7,500 to $8,000 mark, I’d be tempted. The market for these outside of the Volkswagen community seems to be thin from what I can gather, but I’m sure there are folks out there who are eager to get their hands on what was an interesting marketing stunt by one of the world’s largest automakers.

-Paul

Rare find: Stock, clean 1993 VW Corrado for sale

I used to be more enamored with the Corrado. It’s a great looking car, a clean and worthy successor to the Scirocco. It’s supposedly a hoot to drive (Car magazine named it one of the “25 Cars You Must Drive Before You Die,” I haven’t yet) and came with the then-powerful VR6 or G60 supercharged 4. All in all, a pretty great package. Unfortunately, its small production numbers and pioneering appeal as a European ricerocket have resulted in examples for sale falling into two main categories: beat to hell, or highly modified. Some bridge the Venn Diagram and are highly modified AND beat to hell. A dearth of clean examples has made me sadly disinterested in finding these cars as they are, at their core, truly special. Today then, a breath of fresh air in the form of a daily-driver special, not beat to hell and not modified within an inch of its life.

1993 Volkswagen Corrado for sale on Craigslist Seattle

Brevity from the seller:

Dark green with tan leather. VR6 5 Speed. 130K miles. Runs well- daily driver. Power items all work fine: windows, sunroof , mirrors, retracting belts, door locks, spoiler, A/C & heated seats. Recent replacements include: clutch, transmission, starter, timing chains, serpentine belt, heater core, engine mounts, wheel bearings, ignition lock, battery. Upgrades include stereo w/custom sub & amp installation, MP3 player cable, Eurowires headlght harness, billet coolant pipe, and Curt trailer hitch. Includes clean title, receipts, & Bentley shop manual.

Stock wheels, ride height, and a beautifully clean interior make this the Corrado equivalent of finding a dealer-stickered Porsche 356 in a barn. The permeating normalness of this Corrado is what makes it special, and with 130k miles and all of the recent work done, it’s deserving of its $4800 pricetag. Not cheap, but it, like all clean Corrados, deserves a little more respect.

-NR

1993 VW Corrado VR6 for sale

I’ve strayed from the strong affinity I felt for the Corrado in the early days of my VW obsession. Not because they aren’t great; I’ve just been busy discovering older, weirder, and/or faster Germans to focus on. Yet there’s always something striking about this little bulldog of a Volkswagen, a car more aggressive than they seem to be interested in making these days. It pulls you back in with promises of affordable, ethereal driving magic. Maybe this one is the good one…

1993 Volkswagen Corrado VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

You’re just gonna have to be careful on these and get it thoroughly checked out. That said, this one isn’t overly modified or beaten to hell. No cream puff, but that helps out the affordability factor, bringing this in at $4000 OBO. If you can handle a few visual imperfections and fixing the sunroof, I think you could make a good deal and have some fun miles beyond the 140k it’s covered so far.

-NR

1993 Volkswagen Corrado SLC with 55,000 original miles

The late ’80s and early ’90s produced some of the greatest hot hatchbacks of our time. Cars like the Honda CR-X, Acura Integra and Mazda MX-3 are lameted these days, due to the increase in size and weight of all vehicle segments. Taking the place of the Scirocco, the Volkswagen Corrado was a welcomed German addition to this once sizable segment. Unfortunately, many of these great machines have been torn up and modified over the years, or just plain neglected. Here we have a nice example of the later VR6 engined Corrado.

The seller states:

1993 VW Corrado SLC VR6, 5 speed, silver w black leather, only 55,979 original miles! Bilstein struts, new pads and drilled rotors, cold air intake, Neuspeed exhaust… otherwise, stock from the factory! Slight clear coat peeling on right side in a couple smaller areas.

As of writing this, there are no takers at the $7,500 starting bid. Others in similar condition that I’ve seen in the past year have been going in the $5,000 to $6,000 range, so this asking bid may be a bit optimistic in enthusiasts eyes. The only thing that would detract a buyer in my mind would be the non-standard exhaust pipe (looks a bit ridiculous sticking out that far) and the added audio equipment. Other than that, this is a chance to own an unmolested example of Wolfsburg’s (well, Karmann’s) finest.

-Paul

1991 GTI VR6 Swap For Sale

The MkII GTI has always been in an odd no-man’s land for me.  I respect the styling and the large tuning community of it, but any time I consider one myself, I wonder why I wouldn’t just get a MkI.  When I see an example like this, however, I start to covet them a little more.  They may not be as pure and old-school as the original, but they’ve got some serious style, a bit more “grown-up” cred, and can obviously more readily accept modern parts.  Case in point, this fast 1991 with a healthy dose of modification that stops short of going overboard.

1991 VW GTI VR6 for sale on Craigslist SF

Despite a misunderstanding of quotation marks’ function, the seller provides a good rundown:

HI I have a 1991 gti white with about 70K on the engine. This car is faster then my 2004 vw r32. I have about $6500+ into this car not including labor or the car itself. Most if not all the parts on this car have under 500 miles on it including wheels and tires. This car can be a show car the way it sits.
ENGINE “less then 500 miles on engine parts”
The engine has 268 cams, lifters and springs to go with the cams. The intake manifold is shaved and painted black and the spark plug wires run under it ” for a cleaner look”.
The engine mounts have BFI inserts. ” they are stiff”
Corrado radiator and fans with there own relay set up
Samco hose kit
Neuspeed P-flow intake
Brand new cats
New magnaflow muffler and resonator the car is quiet but still sounds like a VR6 and you can hear the cams lope.
Fairly new clutch
SUSPENSION/wheels
H&R ultra low coilovers from a mk3 vr6 jetta “stiffer springs” “less then 500 miles on them” the car is stanced out and can be more to your liking
BBS RM’s fresh powder-coating 15×8.5 REAR, FRONT 15×8 flat black faces with gloss black lips…… both front and rear have good size lips. brand new bbs bolts.. these wheels are worth about $2,000
ALSO has BRAND NEW disc breaks all the way around.
INTERIOR
Is in good shape has recaros out of another mk2 gti
MK3 guage cluster.
everything on the inside works.
BODY
Also has keyless entry
Has the dual-round headlights with badgless grill, also have quad-rounds that come with the car.
led tail lights ” doesn’t look as cheap as you think”
16v fender flair all the way around
The paint is about a 7 out of 10 stock alpine white paint and the body itself has some dents ” its a 19-20 year old car”
The powder-coated BBS RMs look about as perfect as you could get. I love older German cars in white, and the VR6 must make this the right kind of handful.  $8500 is a bit steep for a MkII Volkswagen, but this appears to be a well put-together total package.  Sure, there’ll probably be several similar GTIs if you go to a local VW show, but maybe that’s just a testament to how well this package works.
-NR

1989 Golf Rallye for Sale

I’d nearly forgotten about the awesome Golf Rallye until this amazing modified example started circling the interwebs.  Maybe it’s because only 5000 were made, or maybe that none were sold in the US, or maybe its lack of racing heritage leaves it in the shadow of the similarly-styled E30 M3, Ur-Quattro, and Lancia Delta Integrale.  Whatever it is, more people should know about this car.  It was essentially an R32 made in 1989- an aggressive-looking Golf with Syncro and a hot engine, in this case the 160hp supercharged G60.  As with the Lancia, Americans were not graced with the importation of the sexy box-flared hatchback, but there are some that have gone through the extreme hoops to federalize.  This example has gone even further, adding a Euro 2.9l VR6 and a turbocharger without changing much of the 80stastic exterior.

1989 Modified Golf Rallye for sale on VWVortex

This car reminds me why I went through an intense Rallye phase.  It’s in great condition and the modifications make it a sleeping monster, even garnering a feature in EuroTuner.  I love box flares, wherever they come from, and combined with the clean Golf II, we’ve got a winner.  For $22k, I might keep looking for an E30 M3 or even a first-gen R32, but that’s not to say it isn’t worth it to the right person.  Rarity, impressive modifications, and general cleanliness all get high marks on this one.  Now let’s see some Golf Countrys over here!

-NR

Volkswagen Corrado, Affordable, Fun, Collectible

There are a good number of VW Corrados out there for the taking, in all different flavors, aftermarket blower 1.8s, turbocharged 2.0 liters, bone stock 2.8 VR6s, etc. For those non-Volkswagen aficionados out there, let me remind you that before the narrow angle VR6 came along the Corrado was offered with a G60 engine package that left the factory with a supercharged 4 cylinder. The G standing in German for G-lader, describing the G shaped scroll type supercharger. Not a bad setup and being able to say your car has a supercharger is almost always a cool selling point. The engine won International Engine of the Year in 1989. Plus they had ads like this:

When I was younger a customized VR6 Corrado was one of the favorites amongst the European tuner kids to go up against the Japanese imports. For this post I stuck with VR6 models, but if you do some looking on your own you’ll find some nice G60 models out there as well. I went looking and found matching models on Craigslist and eBay for you with this post. A blue, a black, and a red, from each site.

1990 VW Corrado with goodies on Craigslist.

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This custom take on the Corrado seems to be a work in progress. A later model VR6 engine is in the car and some extra parts are included. Seller has $20k invested and is looking for $12k. I say work in progress as the seller also mentions that there is no radio and a few bits still need finishing. Though it is pretty nice looking I don’t think it will realize $12k unfinished and even then that seems high. Perhaps the amusing vanity license plate number adds value.

Black 1993 Corrado VR6 SLC on Craigslist
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A good reason why I think the blue Corrado above is overpriced is this black, quite original looking example. 81k on the clock, original paint, and a still functioning rear wing, all for $3600. When the cash for clunkers program is offering $4500 rebates, this is a lot of car for the money right here. This is likely the deal of the bunch.

Red 1993 Corrado VR6 SLC on Craigslist


The west coast sure has the Corrado Craigslist market wrapped up. If black isn’t your color here is a red version. I wouldn’t normally list two cars with such high miles in one post unless they were really special, but perhaps the great photos struck my fancy with this 153,000 mile one. $4995 will get you a 5 speed, black leather, Speedline wheels, and a Neuspeed chip.

This Corrado features a Jetta engine, fancy headlights, and some other personalized touches. Another seller who also wants to make sure you know the rear wing works. Not the best looking of the bunch.

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The other high mile car of the group. Vanity plates strike again on this 158,000 mile model. A younger VR6 resides inside. It looks like about $4000 will get you this one, which appears loved.


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Keeping up the pattern of this post of identical models on Craigslist and eBay, a very good looking, lower mileage red 93 SLC recently ended on eBay unsold with bids up to $6200. Keep an eye out for it to be relisted.

The Corrado is a future collectible, maybe not so much as early M3s or 190E 16Vs, but nice examples are going to start rising in value. The difficulty is finding ones of collector grade withoriginal engine and paint, let alone low miles. Many Corrado owner’s have swapped in later versions of the VR6 to replace a thrashed original. The sporty, nimble (the G60 was lighter than the VR6),vehicle already has a good following of fans, with several Corrado clubs. VR6 models are bound to be less troublesome than G60s and there are plenty of VR6 parts around.

~Evan