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Old 08-15-2013, 01:56 PM   #1
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What to Look For When Buying Used?

I'm going to be looking at a MKVI 4-door DSG GTI for my wife, and I'm searching for information on common problems; a "what to look for when buying used". I've searched on here and haven't found anything like that.

Any thoughts?
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Old 08-15-2013, 01:59 PM   #2
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DSG service if it hasn't been done. Since it can cost up to $400.

Good/matching tires.

Intake manifold replacement if it hasn't been done yet

An owner that knows that the car takes premium. Etc etc.
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Oh, I should've added that the particular car I'm looking at did have the IM replaced under warranty according to CarFax.

Premium gas is NBD. My wife currently drives a GTP (Eaton M90 supercharger; takes premium), and my car is turboed as well and only takes 93 or E85.

Any information on this DSG service? Links maybe?

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Old 08-15-2013, 02:09 PM   #4
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Oh, I should've added that the particular car I'm looking at did have the IM replaced under warranty according to CarFax.

Premium gas is NBD. My wife currently drives a GTP (Eaton M90 supercharger; takes premium), and my car is turboed as well and only takes 93 or E85.

Any information on this DSG service? Links maybe?

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It is done every 40k and costs $300-400 depending on dealer. The parts alone are at least $150 if you do it yourself.

I get your wife I am speaking of the previous owner, if they didn't even put in premium they probably skipped on other things like proper oil change intervals etc.

How many miles are on the said car?
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About 45K. previous lease, now it's CPO.

I'd gladly pay $150 for parts if it means not having to take my car to a dealer.
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About 45K. previous lease, now it's CPO.

I'd gladly pay $150 for parts if it means not having to take my car to a dealer.
What's the price and what are the options.

Also make sure the DSG service was done... it is not covered by the free maintenance as that runs out at 30k.

Aside from that I'd check the air filter to see if that was changed at 40k... that will be your indicator if the car had the 40k service which can cost up to $800 if done at the dealer.
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Shit, it's just easier if I post a link to the car:

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...ngId=122879764

I'll ask the dealer about it then.
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I would say records.Perhaps the most important one.
looking for:
-Intake manifold replaced
-Water pump
-2 keys & valet/spare one.
-DSG updates
-Radio navi/update
-Oxigen sensor replaced
-Get the VIN # and try to check with tuners,if car ever got reflashed.
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Shit, it's just easier if I post a link to the car:

http://www.cars.com/go/search/detail...ngId=122879764

I'll ask the dealer about it then.
Ok so that is base model.

17" wheels, non HIDs non Nav etc.

A GTI like that new is 22/23k after haggling.

I would do that unless you can get this car for at least another 2k off.
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I am local if you need help, and run www.facebook.com/chicagocarnetwork

You can get the DSG service done independently for around $250 in our area, btw.
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Thanks for the info everyone.

This car has everything we'd want, except the HIDs. I can live without 18" wheels, and we don't want the navigation or leather seats.

Maybe I'll look around more for one with HIDs.
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the HID's are well worth it.
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Only 2010 will have that as a separate option... I think.
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I think 2011 could still get it with the convenience package or whatever? not 100% on that.
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