Ratty Rescue: Black BBS’d GTI

This week we’re all about Volkswagen’s hot hatch, so our Ratty Rescue is a not-too-terrible 2004 GTI. If you liked our recent Find Of The Day, well sorry, this one’s totally different (we couldn’t find a rough Anniversary Edition). But if you’re in the market for a cheap GTI, this one fits the bill.

Let’s start with the three best features of this car. First, it runs. In fact, the seller, VWVortex member billy8904!, says it runs like new after $2300 of work, so you can drive it home. That’s not always the case with our Ratty Rescues. Next, it rides on BBS RC wheels. Sure they’re a little rough around the edges, and they need a good cleaning, but they’re freaking BBS RCs! Perhaps the greatest OEM wheel design offered on the MKIV GTI. And last, this 2004 is only $2,500. That’s pretty much a steal.

The good news doesn’t end there. This GTI also has Koni coilovers, an ECS intake, and an AWE exhaust. Oh, and that $2300 of repairs covered new rear brakes including discs and calipers, a new starter, new ECU, and a few other things. It’s like you’ve paid for the upgrades and the car came with them.

Now it’s not all perfect here. To start, the car has 210,000 miles. And cars with that much mileage come quite a bit of wear. There are some dents, and some dings, and scratches; check out the rear bumper for the worst of it. The interior is dirty, and the soft-touch dash bits definitely show their age. But the bolster on the driver’s seat bottom shows no real wear, and a deep scrubbing can go a long way. Oh yeah, the radio doesn’t get reception, but there’s an AUX cord to hook it up to your phone for tunes.

So if you’re looking for a pre-modded used car, take a look at this 2004 GTI in our classifieds. Or see it yourself in Hackettstown, New Jersey. For a mere $2500 you can have genuine BBS wheels attached to a performance icon.