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Discussion in 'Cars, Motorcycles, Boats, Airplanes Talk' started by Maxvla, Sep 26, 2015.

  1. yotacowboy

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    MK6 GTIs had issues with a cam follower and high pressure fuel pump going bad every 50k miles, IIRC. The PQ35 platform are not bad cars, but for similar $$ the MK7/MQB platform is a significant step up. The Gen3 motor is pretty robust. Not that I'm suggesting throwing a big turbo on it, but guys are getting north of 600hp on the stock bottom end (and head!!!) after going big turbo and supporting parts/fuel/tune. The amount of boost safety/predetonation safeguards built into the stock ECU is impressive. If you look at logs on some of these 30+psi cars, you can see the ECU pulling timing on individual cylinders mid cycle, which means there's very, very little chance of seeing major engine failure due to knock or high cylinder pressures, which means, no bent valves, or rods windowing a block, or head lift blowing a head gasket.

    Anyhow, if you can find a GTI S with the Performance Pack, you get the same brakes as a Golf R and an electronic limited slip diff that actually works.

    Another car I'd put on your radar that can be had in good shape for $15k-ish would be BMW 135i - really great engine, great chassis. A lot of "purists" would say the 135i is the last of the great driving bimmers, even if the turbski N54/N55 isn't in line with what a "real" bimmer supposedly is. Buddy of mine had a 135i and it was an absolute hoot to drive.
     
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    I can only recommend the 2011+ 135i with the N55 engine. The N54 engine used in pre-2011 models had too many reliability issues (e.g. high pressure fuel pump, wastegate rattle, heat and intercooler issues etc etc). It otherwise is a good recommendation.
     
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    purr1n Finding his inner redneck

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    S5 V8. A friend of mine has a 2011 or 2012. I think VW made them better back then. V8 because you are in America. Soon, California will pass a law outlawing V8s, and that will spread throughout the country. Have a V8 before your opportunity goes away before the tree-hugging Tesla Model S drivers who lease a car with toxic batteries every 3 years takes away your right to a V8 because they refuse to Thanos themselves for the sake of the climate change.
     
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    Does it matter if your GTI made in Germany or Mexico?
     
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    I don’t really care one way or the other, is there a reason to?
     
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    It doesn't. Lots of VW folks were worried moving production of the NAR Golf to Mexico was going to make the MK7 a shitshow rattletrap warranty fest. The '14 production/early MY15 cars had weak turbo shafts, mostly corrected after October 2015 production. If you're not dicking around with the engine/tunes, don't worry about it. So far with the 7.5, the only issue I'm watching is a stalling issue on the 6MT which seems more due to the new Bosch Motronic or some weird sensor stuff going on.
     
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