Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Volkswagen Golf GTI

Last week I bought my wife a new car. Her older car (a 2004 MINI Cooper S) was starting to be unreliable and I hate that in a car (or anything else). So we sold the MINI (amazingly fast) and I bought my wife a 2017 VW Golf GTI.

Now if you know cars and you read this blog, you might wonder why I bought a Golf when it is on the same platform at the Audi A3 I hated so much. Well, two reasons. One: the platform works much better on the Golf, and the Golf GTI doesn't have the same awful engine that the A3 had. I looked this up. The base A3 has a 1.8L engine. The base Golf has the same engine. The optional bigger engine for the A3 (that comes with Quattro all-wheel-drive) is the turbocharged 2.0L engine that is also in the Golf GTI. (And the more powerful S3 will have the same engine as the more powerful Golf R.)

So if you buy an Audi A3, get the bigger engine unless you like your engine to sound like a concrete mixer.

I drove my wife's GTI and was impressed with its power and handling. I put it in "sport" mode and floored the gas. The driven front tires chirped at both start and the shift to second gear (it has an automatic transmission). This is a fun-to-drive car.

I'm hoping to keep this car about ten years. By then every new car will probably be autonomous and all driving fun will be gone.

1 comment:

  1. Of course you sold that old Mini Cooper amazingly fast, because it's such a classic! I've seen this model in "The Italian Job" movie (that one with Michael Caine starring) at the first time and have fallen in love with it immediately. Back then, about a year ago I was searching for the very 60's model over the craigslist, but I had some bad experience on buying and selling used cars (especially toyota ones), so I've always checked them via this resource https://www.faxvin.com/vin-decoder/toyota in order to get some reports on its previous state and accident records, so I've gotten to know that all the cars I'd been ready to buy were in so many accidents! Gladly, I've found a 2004 model later and now kicking it pretty fine

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