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Old 09-18-2011, 04:07 PM   #29
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Went from a 91 MR2 Turbo to a 07 Mustang GT to a 12 GTI. The MR2 was the most fun around curves, the Mustang was by far the fastest in a straight line, but the GTI is the most well rounded.
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:20 PM   #30
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I came from walking and a 2011 autobahn gti sure gets you places fast lmao
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:32 PM   #31
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Some of my previous and current cars. I've had plenty of trucks as well but they're not really applicable.

Current Stable

I can't part with the 1994 Roadmaster. She's so comfortable for long trips and practical.



The 1985 500SL I've had for almost 10 years. My grandmother got it new and gave it to me when I reached driving age.



My other current car which I will probably sell soon is a 1966 Mercedes 190Dc sedan. All original paint and interior.



Former Stable

I sold my 2001 Jaguar XJR to help pay for the GTI. Loved the Speed and interior quality. Really it was quite reliable too. Just horrible MPG.



2002 SL500 Silver Arrow Edition:



99 CLK 430 sport. Great handling car and decent power.



2001 Miata. Really, really painful to let that one go. Just recently I saw it wrecked in a salvage yard and that was even more depressing.



1995 Mercedes E320 wagon with AMG Aeros. Miss that one too.



95 C36 AMG: really should have kept this one.



1996 Cadillac STS: 300HP to the front wheels? Not the best idea.



1976 450SEL 6.9: What a car!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7otPz_T_ONk



Daily drove this 1985 300D for 3 years:



While there's some pretty amazing cars in there, the whole reason I went with the GTI is to have a car I could drive spiritedly and not worry about breaking it. I test drove the MKV in 2005 and went with a used 2003 BMW X5 4.4i instead. Huge mistake. That BMW was by far the worst vehicle I've had to keep on the road.


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Old 09-18-2011, 04:52 PM   #32
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Nice line up K.I.T.T
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Old 09-18-2011, 04:53 PM   #33
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2005 Scion xA. Put 90,000 miles on it without a single problem. Had a bunch of suspension mods and a massive rear sway bar, with Falken Azenis tires. It was slow as all hell but being super light it was good dun to toss around.

I miss the lightness and tossability the most but the GTI is basically that car on steroids, and much better at cruising on the highway.
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:07 PM   #34
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2006 VW GTI--->2008 VW R32---->2012 shadow blue GTI. 2006 GTI had an Neuspeed P-Flo,AWE DP w/200 cell cat, GHL CB, unitronic chip, H&R springs, BSH catchcan, forge front mount, etc..As for the R32 had a custom 3in exhaust, Neuspeed P-Flo, unitronic 1+(93 oct), H&R springs +swaybar, rims/tires etc...And now the 12' GTI which is stock for now, although it is only a week old. Already ordered P-Flo (go figure), and still in the air about exhaust. Leaning towards the magnaflow CB since its less then $500 shipped. As for everything else I'm still doing my research...
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:21 PM   #35
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KITT where's the '82 trans am? Love that '66 190! '76 450 beautiful too!
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Old 09-18-2011, 05:29 PM   #36
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1995 Nissan Maxima --> 2001 Subaru Forester --> (2008 Honda Civic) --> 2012 VW GTI

Drove the first two cars in coastal New England.

Maxima was great in a straight line on the highway, but sucked in the snow and rain.

Forester was incredible in the snow and rain. Ground clearance was super helpful in snow and backroads. Used it to go hiking and mountain biking and the clearance and AWD was great on gravel back roads. Only thing it needed was a turbo. I considered getting a new turbo Forester instead of the GTI, but... I fell in love when I drove the GTI. We just sold the Forester to a happy first-time driver who plans to throw mountain bikes in it as well.

I also drove my wife's 2008 Honda Civic for about a year when she decided she liked the ride height and ability to see the corners for parking of the Forester. Good on gas, upgraded stereo made it commute-tolerable. Depreciation is awesome --- we could sell it three years later and lose less than $2000! In fact, when we drove into he VW dealership someone tried to buy it from us, hoping it was a trade-in. MPG trumps a lot these days.

Then I grew up and got a real car. I love the GTI! I researched for about 6 months, reading websites and using "Car Chooser" utilities like the one on Top Gear dot com. The GTI kept showing up in the top 3. Test drove the A3 and GTI, but my wife and I agreed the GTI Autobahn (leather seats) was nicer inside, and I didn't need all the gadgets. It also felt more fun... the A3 was... subdued. One thing I noticed was how solid the GTI felt compared to a Japanese car --- when you first open and close the door --- wow, what a solid thunk! My wife makes me open the door for her now since she considers them "too heavy"! (To be fair, she's tiny).

I miss the larger space and plastic-covered hatch in the Forester, and don't plan to take the GTI on gravel anytime soon.

Only thing I thought was as fun to drive was my friends 2008 Subaru WRX tuned to Stage 3+. That was a beast! Handled great, stopped great, but the turbo lag was a bit frustrating. He let me borrow it on weekends once in a while. Turn the wheel and end up in the passenger seat, but he quickly put in a 5 point restraint to fix that. Not a good daily driver though! Noisy, rattly, shake your face suspension.

Wait... why am I here writing in forums on a sunny Sunday? Screw this, I am going for a joy ride!
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Old 09-18-2011, 06:06 PM   #37
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'05 GTO (FI), 03 Corvette Z06 (heads/cam), '09 G37S (stock) now the '12 GTI. Can't really compare any of them, but the VW is a great DD.

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Old 09-18-2011, 06:59 PM   #38
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Last car was an '07 Mazdaspeed 3 with pretty much all of the bolt on mods you could have, plus a custom Cobb tune. I felt like I was driving a ticking time bomb, as there were many reported rods being thrown.

I heard of APR and I started doing research on the GTI and APR. Went to a VW dealer last June looking for a car for the g/f. She test drove a Tiguan and I sat in the Candy White 4 dr autobahn GTI on the showroom floor. 2 weeks later, I dropped off my g/f at the airport in my Speed 3 for her business trip to London. I test drove the GTI during that week and picked her up from the airport in it.

After 600 miles, the tuning bug began. August '10 - APR Stage 1 with intake. April '11 - APR K04, APR IC, 42DD down pipe, AWE TOP.

WAY more fun than a Speed 3.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:07 PM   #39
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last car was a 2001 Audi A4, 170,000 miles. it introduced me to european quality and sometimes, i miss it (sans the crazy turbo lag). but, the GTI makes me a happier man. much, much, happier man.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:20 PM   #40
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My last car was a 2002 Volvo S60 T5 with a 5 speed manual. One of about 300 that made it to the US with this set up. Researching it, it was an OSD (over seas delivery) car for someone that worked for Volvo.

243 hp and 247 ft/lbs out of the box, I had it modded to over 300 hp/300 torque and some suspension things done.

It was a great car, really loved it, but the aftermarket was limited and expensive. AWE/APR are FAR less expensive.

I put 90k of its 135k miles on it myself and it was generally great. I was getting to the point where I would have to put 4 or 5k into it to make it last. If I would have I would have gotten another 100k out of it, but it was really time to move on.

I knew it was going to be a GTI or MS3, and went to a joint Mazda/VW dealership to test drive both. I really expected to like the MS3 more, but here I am 18 months and 36k miles later!
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:48 PM   #41
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Here are some of my previous cars - C280, S55, and the current MKVI GTI.
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Old 09-18-2011, 07:52 PM   #42
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I knew it was going to be a GTI or MS3, and went to a joint Mazda/VW dealership to test drive both. I really expected to like the MS3 more, but here I am 18 months and 36k miles later

Did you get your car at North Penn?
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