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I just got back from the VW dealer and here is how my day went...
My girlfriend and I drove some '02 New Beetle's (a Sport and a Turbo S) and then a '02 VR6 (200hp) GTI with the 6-speed. We liked the NB's, but fell in love with the GTI once we first got in. Amazing. The interior was excellent and it felt smooth when we drove it...not to mention when we pressed down on the gas. Nice! We decided then and there that a Beetle was out and it had to be a GTI and the VR6 topped the list.
We then started haggling and the dealer started at invoice + $500 (straight profit for him). I then told him about the $1250 cash that VW would give him to move this '02 off the lot and we started haggling about that. He told me that if I took the $1250 (which he was surprised I knew about) I couldn't get the low financing. The finance rate was 2.5% for 60-months W/O the cash and 5.5% WITH it, I believe. However, I have been planning to lease and the lease rate to finance was already at 5.5% so he said I could straight out have the $1250.
Basically, I can have the car for $750 under invoice. And that is with minimal haggling. If I want, I could probably knock his profit ($500) down some, but I think it's a fair deal for both sides so I don't know if I'll push my luck.
With that, we didn't close the deal. I'm going to think about it some more and figure out if this is the car I want for that much scratch. I also have to sell my truck first. The plan is to get the finance app. in and put a $100 deposit down on the car, which he said he can hold for a month for me while I try and sell my F-150. I had them appraise it for trade and it was laughable. So, that's where I'm at. Anyone want a nice Ford?
My girlfriend and I liked the NB and the 'S' was great...but we just fell in love with the GTI. It's a fantastic car.
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Mr. Potato Head)

Totally agree, I test drove the same car, and it was awesome. Throttle Response was very impressive. Good luck and pick up that car as soon as you can
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (TheFritz11)

2000 F-150 XLT 4x4

I'm in the Detroit area...maybe this will help me get my GTI.



[Modified by Foo216, 8:27 PM 9-27-2002]
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Foo216)

So, what do you guys/gals think? 200hp VR6 or 180hp 1.8T? I'll probably be leasing so heavy modding most likely won't be happening (although I'll do as much as I can get away with). http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif I've driven the 1.8 in the Beetle (both 150hp and 180hp variants) but I'll hopefully be getting to drive the 1.8 in the GTI soon.
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Foo216)

Get the Vr6 GTI if you are leasing it. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
... did i just tell someone to get a VR6? hmm... i am not biased towards the 1.8T after all
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Foo216)

Hmm, Well solely because it is a lease I would go with the 200 hp VR6 so you don't have to spend much money on mods. But on the other hand dont u wanna hear that turbo spool?
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (TheFritz11)

quote:[HR][/HR]...... But on the other hand dont u wanna hear that turbo spool?[HR][/HR]​

I agreed with this, especially after my DP & exhaust install), until I heard a VR6 with a perf exhaust go by the other day and I realized how great it sounds http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (TheFritz11)

quote:[HR][/HR]Hmm, Well solely because it is a lease I would go with the 200 hp VR6 so you don't have to spend much money on mods. But on the other hand dont u wanna hear that turbo spool?[HR][/HR]​
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And yes, exhaust on a VR6 sounds great. Turbo noises make my skin crawl. I can't stand that pssst. It seems so gay. My opinion I realize not shared by any 1.8Ters. Relax everyone.
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (GTiDubbin)

Monday I'll be going in to make my final pitch for the VR6. If it works out, great...if not, my truck isn't too bad to keep around for awhile.
Hopefully the GTI will be in my driveway soon!
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Foo216)

Good luck selling the Truck. I had the same truck. Lariat, Triton V8 with every option it came with. I couldn't wait to get rid of it. It was a gas eating POS. I let the dealer take it off my hands as soon as my car came in. I've never been happier now.
Get the VR6 you'll love it.


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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Jeebus)

I've driven both recently and like them alot! If you're not going for mods get the VR6 for sure. It is a joy to drive and somehow feels tighter in stock form to me...
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (BADANTH)

BOUGHT IT!!!
Spent the whole day at the dealership and we agreed on numbers. Being that it was the last day of the month/quarter didn't hurt as I reduced that profit down from $500 to $50 and got the $1250 dealer cash. http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif
Now it's time to change my nick to reflect VW ownership I think...
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (Foo216)

i've test drove the GTI and the GLI 3 times... and each time i was very impressed with the power, but the handling was not up to par compared to all the Japanese cars i've driven... nonetheless i bought the GTI VR6 because i would upgrade the suspensions with any car anyways... still hella fun to drive and can't stop grinning like a total wee todd everytime i squeeze that throttle.
 

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Re: Just test-drove a 200hp GTI - nice! (vario)

I know what you mean, vario. This thing is a blast to drive...definitely has some get-up. Since I'm leasing I won't be putting on any suspension upgrades anytime soon, but I love it...a great sport-tourer.
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