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Autodealer dream buy: Volkswagen Golf GTI


IT’S time for another Autodealer dream buy, where we browse through our list of cars for sale on our website and select a car that we’d like to own. This week, we’ve chosen a local favourite in the form of the Volkswagen Golf GTI.

The Golf GTI is a big deal in the local automotive scene; the model is seen as the go-to-guy when it comes to performance vehicles. It is so popular in fact that there are thousands of used examples for sale, meaning that resale values are strong and of course, it also means that you can take your time selecting the right car. Today we’re focusing on the fifth and sixth generation Golf GTIs purely because they can be had for relatively low prices.

What to look out for:

  • The MK5 GTI comes with either a DSG or a six-speed manual gearbox; both are known to be reliable. However, it is advised that you drive the DSG model and look out for a stagger/slip feeling when pulling away as this can mean the mechatronics unit in the gearbox needs replacing and, trust us, that isn’t cheap;
  • The cars are known to have dump-valve diaphragm issues with many owners changing the part from a rubber diaphragm to a plastic piston;
  • The GTI is a favourite amongst tuners locally, so remember to check if the car has been modified. This is not to say that a modified vehicle will break but is more of a precautionary measure that you - as a future owner - must take, in order to weigh up the options;
  • The cam followers are known to wear easily; if the car is driven with a worn item it can cause engine damage and therefore experts recommend changing this at every second service;
  • When looking at an MK5 GTI check the engine number on the licence disc, should it read AXX, then you have an early vehicle with 147kW however, the more desirable model is the BWA, with a reported 155kW;
  • These vehicles feature direct injection technology, which causes a build up of carbon on the intake side of the valves. This can cause a loss of performance and even damage in some cases; luckily there are places locally that clean this area up for a nominal fee. So if your GTI hasn’t been cleaned it is recommended that you do so.

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