Dont worry about the mileage fella, so long as its had the cambelt and waterpump done and has been serviced. motors are EASILY good for 150 to 200k miles, even f they have been chipped.
I had one at 85k, motor was mint and with a rechip made over 200hp. I did change the turbo for a K03 sport and when the old turbo came off, it wasin very good nick.
Provided it drives nice and seems to make nice smooth power, there are more important things to look out for on these cars, such as cluncky front anti roll bars and knackered rear beam bushes. Nothing too major, but budget about ?300 if they need doing. Waterpump and cambelt jobis about ?500 -600 at a dealer or bit less at a specialist. But serously, dont let the miles on their own put you off. My 85k miler was sooo much better than some of the 40k milers I saw. Its all down t the type of mileage they have done, highish motrway miles are good news IMO.
For 7500 you'll get a V or W with about 50k on it and it'll be mint if you pick the right one. Have a look for one with VWFSH and as Simch says, cambelt and waterpump to be done before you purchase it regardless of the mileage. It'll set you back ?500 to have it done in the future so better to get the garrage to carry that work out for you as a stipulation to the sale.
Have a look on VW.co.uk for used ones as this'll give you a bit more peace of mind but there are also lots of Golf specialists that sell on Auto Trader so you'll be spoiled for choice.
Price isn't bad, a fair few owners for 37500 miles. May have been driven in town a fir bit for that low miles, so check the clutch isn't slipping or juddering. If you are concerned that the miles aren't genuine, have the rear beam bushes checked. at that mileage, evn at 5 yrs old, I would expect them to be pretty good. If they are well knacked it may have done a few more miles.......??? The mk4 is not too easy to "clock" though, so you should be ok. To have theroof painted (dents will be easy enough, depends how bad they are.
Oh, worth chceking the headlight mounting clips at the front. They are known to break off easy in an accident. Repair kits are available for the top mounting lug that snaps, you should be abe to see if they have been repaired. Thsi may indicate a shunt at some point.
Otherwise, do an HPI check on it, online, good peace of mind for 40 notes, and go get her!
vwcr, the black 3 door which has been written off in dec 2003, would have been a good car, but as the sneeky owner `forgot` to add this info, i,d definately walk away, what other things has he `forgotten` to list?
i cannot understand guys like that. Genuine repaired salvage is NO PROBLEM, provided it is done properly, and there is a reflection of the fact in the price. Why dont they just state that it was dmaged and repaired, and then let people bid on it with that knowledge. It is far too expensive at 6600 IMO, with that spec and as a repaired car. Why not view it, and if it all seems ok ,make him an offer based on its true value. I would say ?5500 should buy it. My striaght 18T with leather recaros and fsh incl camblet was less than ?6500 10 months ago, akthough it had 85 k on it. Far better spec though, and dead straight....!
Just take your time. Mine was from the auto trader.
Seriously, I would lok at some of the higher mileage higher spec cars. If the miles are sympathetic, and they have good service histories, you will find them good buys. especially if you are thinking of modding it a bit. what really sold mine on me were the leather recaros. I knew it would cost a good wedge to get a set and bolt them in later, so it was worth a few quid more!
I reckon you should eb able t find a 2000 spec with eather etc for 6500 fairly easy.
By Gum It,s a small world aint it . I was only looking at that same car 3 days ago on ebay i never put in a bid though it,s scares me to think your buying a car without even looking at it in the flesh , anyway as it happens i,m off to look at a 2 litre GTI 5 door in silver in the morning hope its ok the guy seems genuine enough on the phone so fingers crossed. I,ll keep you posted as to the outcome
Quote: posted by hornetrider on 11/01/2005 00:25:33
the 2.0 "GTi" is half the car the 1.8T is...
Prolly Half The Insurance cost too, Seriously though i,m not looking for a turbo monster ive just sold a BMW 325 TDS .I will still be getting the VW Quailty with the 2 litre as in chassis ,bodywork and build just not the power am i right ?
Full service history he wants ?4,500 cant wait off to see it in a couple of hours .[^]
yeah it does depend what you want from the car - tho power wise you may be underwhelmed coming from a 325TDS tbh. I'm not sure on the exact spec differences as I drive a diesel Bora, but there's lots of little things that you should be looking for... my advice is to dig around on this site as there is plenty of advice from people who have asked the same questions and plenty of answers too!
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