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Volkswagen 62 15.86%
German - Mercedes, Audi, BMW, etc 65 16.62%
Japanese - Honda, Nissan, Acura, etc 176 45.01%
American - Dodge, Chevrolet, Ford, etc 65 16.62%
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:35 PM   #15
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Came from a 2007 FJ cruiser. I really like it but I need to drive a lot for work and needed better gas mileage. The FJ was fun for camping, mudding, and other outdoor adventures. However the GTI is so much better on the road and the interior quality is wayyyyy better than the fj's.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:40 PM   #16
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my last car was a 2000 mustang gt...yeah 'nuff said.

Although I do miss the exhaust sound on my mustang.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:41 PM   #17
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I can say I miss this car, with 950 kg and 140 bhp...she was like a rocket.

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Old 09-18-2011, 01:43 PM   #18
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I came from a semi built Mitsubishi Evo III. I was puting about 380 to the wheels on AWD. I bought it when I lived in Japan then shipped it to the UK. I only got about 5 or 6 track days in on it in the 3 years I owned it. I really miss the AWD part of it but I dont miss the JDM parts of it. For all the work that was done to it it sure was fun learned alot of things in that car especially how well snow tires are. I was putting off changing to my snow tires when I crashed it on a freak snow storm going to the store at the end of my road. When I found out the frame was bent then told my self I would take off what I could and sell the parts then I would try to buy something newer. I didnt want anything older than 5 years old but didnt want a huge car payment either. After I had sold all the parts and a deployment I then had a rather large downpayment so I decided to check out new cars. I had always like the GTI's but never though I could afford one. Boy was I wrong now I have had my 2011 GTI for just under a year I picked her up on 25 Sept 2011 I have just over 12k on the clock but I have been deployed since Apr 2011 and finnaly going home next month. Cant wait to get back with my car.
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Old 09-18-2011, 01:59 PM   #19
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Let me add some backstory here....

For years I autocrossed the STi twice a month and did numerous track days. The STi has an incredible amount of grip, but it's a difficult car to figure out.

[yada yada yada deleted]

How I define handling: the ease with which one can get the most out of a car's tires.

IMO the GTI is incredibly easy to drive quickly. It took me very little time to get comfortable with and the first time I autocrossed it I felt like I could drive it really fast out of the box.

The STi certainly has more *grip* than the GTI, but it's a counter-intuitive car to drive which requires the driver to use what would be considered poor technique in any other car.
very informative post. Makes me want to try auto-X.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:01 PM   #20
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'04 PT Cruiser which I picked up used.
Honestly, I loved that car.
Hate them all you want, but I always loved the styling - and the utility was fantastic.
The GTI has similar utility, though you can't remove the GTIs rear seats.
The downside of the PT was that it felt agricultural - like farm machinery.
It had a hideously wide turning radius, coupled with tremendous understeer.
Felt really nose heavy too.
The turbos (GTs) are/were nearly as quick as our GTI, but my car was an N/A and quite the dog.
My GTI is a veritable rocket by comparison.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:02 PM   #21
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2011 GTI (no power mods yet).

While I love the AWD handling of the Subaru, the refinement of the VW is lightyears ahead of the Subaru. The power difference is negligible as proven by the "Girlfriend Dyno".
My experience with these dynos is that they are incredibly unreliable as a measure of actual power output and the readings can vary widely across different ones of the same model Get a tune.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:06 PM   #22
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I'm coming over from the SRT crowd. I've owned both the Neon and Caliber SRT4. Both cars were heavily modified and extremely fast. I just traded in my 2008 Caliber SRT4 this past week for my GTI Autobahn. I'm loving the GTI's refinement and smoothness (can't even compare the interior from the Dodge to the GTI). I will be modifing the GTI very soon to get that power back.

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Old 09-18-2011, 02:08 PM   #23
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very informative post. Makes me want to try auto-X.
Give it a shot sometime. It's usually pretty cheap if you don't become an addict and go through four sets of tires a season. It's a blast and you'll gain a whole new appreciation for how your car handles. The GTI deserves all of the praise it gets, it really is a fantastic handling car right out of the box. I just wish the ESP thing wasn't an issue...
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:10 PM   #24
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Purely an economic purchase after stupidly leasing a Ford Explorer.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:11 PM   #25
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Give it a shot sometime. It's usually pretty cheap if you don't become an addict and go through four sets of tires a season. It's a blast and you'll gain a whole new appreciation for how your car handles. The GTI deserves all of the praise it gets, it really is a fantastic handling car right out of the box. I just wish the ESP thing wasn't an issue...
I agree, I took mine around some twisties yesterday. I was very impressed with the handling...very predictable and smooth.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:12 PM   #26
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I had a 2007 Scion tC and although it was reliable it was boring. And, my GTI gets better mileage and is less expensive to insure.
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Old 09-18-2011, 02:12 PM   #27
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Old 09-18-2011, 03:10 PM   #28
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Just sold my 07 GMC Crew cab and traded in my 06 Subaru WRX TR on Wednesday.

No comparison to the truck so I'll leave that out. To the Subaru however... my rex had it on acceleration but I'd give everything else to the 11 GTI. Can't wait 'til I can do some auto-x in it. It was fun in the Subaru but just going by my adventures in the mountains yesterday. I think I'll like the GTI better.

Been a Volkswagen fan all of my life so it is nice to finally get a chance to own one.
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