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History Of The VW GTI Golf

History Of The VW GTI Golf

The VW Golf GTI has been here for more than 40 years and it has already become one of Volkswagen’s most famous vehicles. This car has its own follower and die-hard fans. If you, like us, are one of them, then you are likely to have one parked in your garage.

With over 40 years, this is one of Volkswagen’s cars with a rich history. However, before you buy one there are a few things to consider before your purchase. For now, let us first focus on the rich history of the VW Golf GTI.

The Beginning

It was in 1974 when the first VW GTI Golf was released at the Frankfurt Motor show. That was the day that changed how people viewed the VW brand. The first VW GTI was designed based on the MK1. They just tweaked it a bit to make it faster and more fun to ride. To do this, they added the 1588cc 4-cylinder engine plus the K-Jetronic fuel injection system. They also made the car lighter by about 1800 pounds as compared to the MK1
With those tweaks, a light and sporty hatchback was born. It can go from 0 to 60 in just 9 seconds. It was not until 1983 that this model debut at the United States with the VW Rabbit GTI name.

The 2nd Generation GTI

Due to the success of the Golf GTI, VW carefully thought and planned for the second generation GTI. They needed to keep up with what the first generation has to offer but also make sure that there are worthy upgrades.
VW decided that the appearance should remain the same but improvements should be made with the performance and so the engine was improved. They now have the engine available as a 1.8L or 2.0L 16 valve engine.
Aside from the exterior appearance, the interior was also kept the same as may fans already liked the interior. Even if the MKII GTI already has a lot of fans, there’s already an increasing number of competitors in the market.

The 3rd Generation GTI

With the 3rd Generation GTI, the engineers thought of ways to still retain the essence of the original Golf GTI and make sure the design can still outshine its competitors.
They’ve succeeded with the plan with the MKIII GTI. It has a 2.8L VR6 engine, which makes it a very powerful vehicle. Although it is not the most fuel-efficient generation, many still loved it because it gave a smooth ride.

The 4th Generation GTI

It was in 1997 that they released the 4th generation of the Golf GTI. This generation already has some of the bigger changes. There are different engine options with this generation. For those in the US, they can choose to add the VR6 while those in Europe have a diesel option. Also, the engine for this generation is a 1.8L 20 valve turbo motor.

The 5th Generation GTI

In Paris, the 5th generation of the GTI was released in 2004. Designers wanted to create a car that would be like the first generation. Although they did add some reminiscent touches, they still made a big change with this generation.
That big change is the single-engine. This is the first from the GTI family to have that and the engine was the 2.0L turbocharged 4-cylinder engine. It is also a very powerful engine.
Due to their desire to make it appear like the first generation vehicles, the red trim on the front was added back. Also, they used a plaid interior for this generation.

The 6th Generation GTI

The 5th generation had great success and they wanted to continue with that success with the 6th generation. This was also debuted in Paris during the Paris Auto Show in 2008. Updates to this generation included both internal and external upgrades.
There were also safety features added like airbags. Other upgrades for comfort such as air conditioning and temperature controls were also added. This car was known to be one of the safest cars to drive.

7th Generation GTI

Once again, the 7th Generation GTI was released in the Paris Auto Show in 2012. It came with options as a 3-door hatchback or a 5-door hatchback. It also included various safety features plus upgrades like the multi-collision brake system, and a larger shoulder and legroom.

Caring For A High Mileage Rabbit

Caring For A High Mileage Rabbit

Volkswagens are classic vehicles to own. They are a known brand worldwide and are still currently producing new car models up to date. They have a selection of basic to luxury vehicles. Even some of their older models like the Volkswagen rabbit are still attractive to classic car collectors. 

It can be difficult to find a Volkswagen Rabbit in mint condition. Many of them have already been driven and some of them can already be considered as high mileage vehicles. 

Nonetheless, the allure of driving this car remains. But before you purchase that car, make sure you read our guide on purchasing a Volkswagen Rabbit to help you decide whether to purchase one or not. 

If you happen to purchase a Rabbit that has seen better days and that has been driven for about 100,000 miles, you need to know how to take care of it so it lasts. Here are a few things that you should do:

Check The Oil

Even with vehicles that are not considered as high mileage, the oil should always be regularly checked. In the case of a high mileage rabbit, the oils should be closely monitored. This is because the engine has already been used for a long time and natural wear and tear of the engine as well as the whole vehicle is already present. 

Another way to help your used Rabbit is to find an oil that is compatible with it and that can also prevent fast wear and tear due to use. There are specially formulated oils in the market and finding one that will help prevent further wear and tear or at least lessen the extent will help the car last longer. 

Check The Coolant

Similar to the engine oil, the coolant should also be regularly checked. Older and used vehicles are more prone to overheating. By making sure that the coolant levels are optimal, you can lessen that risk. 

High mileage Rabbit coolants always need to be checked and properly maintained because overheat damage can be irreversible. Regular checks and maintenance are always helpful for all high mileage vehicles. 

Check The Tires

Tires can be easily changed and today there are compatible tires for the Volkswagen rabbit. You should check if the tires were replaced and could still work. Make sure they are properly inflated, without holes, and can hold or maintain tire pressure. 

Protect The Exterior With Wax

One way to improve the car’s appearance and to protect the paint job is to use car wax. The Volkswagen Rabbit was last produced in 2009 and with all those years, the car can be exposed to a variety of factors that have caused it to rust. By using wax, further rust or other issues due to the weather can be avoided. 

Replace The Air Filter

Check the air filter and see if it has already been replaced or if it still needs to be replaced. The air filter is usually forgotten until it has already caused problems. So before it does, make sure to check and replace it.

Change The Transmission Fluid

Every 30,000 miles, the transmission fluid should be changed. Like the air filter, it can also be easily overlooked until issues arise. The problem with waiting too long to change the transmission fluid is the costly consequences it brings. Don’t be afraid of maintenance costs because it costs less than when a problem is already there. 

Check The Brakes

Brakes are very important and should be regularly checked for safety. Serious accidents can arise from faulty brakes. Well, used vehicles like high mileage Rabbits can have brakes that are already worn out or are easily worn out. 

Change The Spark Plugs

Spark plugs are usually changed every 100,000 miles. They are easy to change and you can even do them yourself. If the spark plugs are already worn out, it can negatively affect fuel economy, decrease acceleration and increase the risk of engine misfires and loss of power.

Conclusion

A high mileage Rabbit requires attention but with proper care, it can still run and be a joy to drive. It is important to properly maintain it by following the things stated above. If you are a car enthusiast and is comfortable maintaining your vehicle, you can do so. On the other hand, if you are not confident enough with your skills, it would be best to go to a professional and schedule a service. 

Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Volkswagen Rabbit

Things To Consider Before Purchasing A Volkswagen Rabbit

If you planning to buy a Volkswagen Rabbit there are lot of things you should consider before buying them. From understanding the parts to the body of the car can help you make the right decision. Try to understand that the Volkswagen Rabbit might seem inexpensive but the parts required for it work is expensive. You typical auto owner might require some extra skill to help fix the Volkswagen Rabbit for you.

What to look for

One of the main things you should look for besides the bouncing on the bumpers and rust is to always look for boots on all the suspension parts. Try to check the CV boots, ball joint boots, tie rod boots. It is important that you look under the car for the frame where the two fuel lines go through. Try to make sure that the rubber grommet around these lines are not damaged as replacing them is a lot of effort.

Check for the injectors, wiggle them slightly and see if they can be easily removed without any tools, Start the car and then shut it off to see the warmth produced.  Also hear for any weird sounds that the car might produce as it can be due to vacuum leak which has cracked due to dry rotting.

Test drive the car before purchase and try to do a hard turn and see if the car stalls out. Check for the hose inside the gas tank which definitely needs to be replaced. Now check for the seats and the interior of the car. The design of the rabbit is very similar to most cars but the main problem is the parts used are not very common.

Buying a high mileage rabbit

 
If you are buying a high milage rabbit make sure that the engine is right as it can often get worn. Replace the piston rings and the pins. Check for nay compression in the car. Try to pull the motor and look for any worn out parts which is easier if the motor is lifted. There are no subframes which can be removed as this gives you the right access to the underside of the car.

Buying a low mileage Rabbit

Maintaining a low mileage rabbit is just as difficult as maintaining the high mileage rabbit. The initial check is a must, which can help in the smooth functioning. Try to make sure that the rubber boots have not dried up and there are no cracking. If the damage is limited you can easily replace most of the part. Until an unless the car was neglected for a long period if time you would not have to replace the hardware.

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