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#1 Ed Inc

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 09:35 PM

Hey.

 

I recently had my car written off (was my first car, had a great Limited Edition 1.2 Corsa on finance from new), someone pulled out into me on a main road and I flipped on the spot. Luckily no real injuries! But anyway I got my payout from insurance, after paying off the finance it left me with about £2000. I've always wanted a Golf, there's something about them I just love.

 

Went to see this 2001 1.8T GTI the other day, agreed to buy it from the dealer (only spoken agreement, it still had a tow bar on he needed to remove, but he said it would go to me after it was off), he wouldn't take a deposit, so we left with his word. The car drove really well, couldn't fault it, had a nice amount of power which I'm not used to. Got myself insured on it ready and waited for him to deliver it. He contacted me a few days later saying he had a better offer and wouldn't sell it to me. I was going to pay £1600, apparently this is over the value of the car, but that was as low as he would go, and without a car I'm not in a huge spot to look around for a while.

 

So now I'm looking around for more Golf's. Ideally I'd like something similar to the one I found, I really liked the power from the turbo, and as shallow as it is I hate hub cabs and will only go for alloys! Only downside is the road tax/fuel useage (say compared to a 1.9 GT TDI), the insurance isn't that much more compared to my old Corsa. I found this 2003 1.8T GTI earlier, it has done more miles than the first, but is also a few years newer. I haven't heard about the history yet as the guy didn't have it with him when I rang. If I could have some feedback on what the engine is like, any tips for this car, or anything, I'd really appreicate it. This is my first time buying a used car so I'm a novice. Also sorry if this is in the wrong forum section. Also if anyone wants to see a picture from my crash just ask, it's pretty cool in a way looking back haha.

 

Cheers,

Ed




#2 PokerProTDI150

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Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:43 PM

The second one is a better model,

 

first is 150bhp second is 180bhp,

first has ko3 turbo second has ko3s turbo,

first has 5 speed second has 6 speed,

first has 288mm front brakes second has 312mm front brakes,

first has 232mm solid rear disc second has 256mm vented rear disc,

first has bob seats second has heated leathers

 

Your budget will get you a good 180bhp version with nice interior .... or a good gttdi 130/150


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Posted 25 July 2015 - 10:59 PM

Thanks for the input. Do you think I should go for the 180 then? I'm not hugely into performance, got to factor in running costs too. Will be starting uni as a mature student in september, so keeping the costs down will help in the long run. Tax will be pretty high, not sure on insurance, the 150 wasn't too much extra, but then again some rough quotes I got were a lot higher on the 180. I haven't seen many TDI's about though.



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Posted 25 July 2015 - 11:28 PM

Oh also, how does £1600 for the second one sound?



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Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:39 AM

If you are bothered about running costs and tax price then get a gttdi 130/150 (pd130/150).

 

All the pd130/150 and 1.8t 180 have 6 speed box ... which you want if you drive on motorways.

 

I own both a pd150 and a 1.8t 180 ... the pd is a perfect daily driver, effortless fast progress.


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Posted 26 July 2015 - 12:41 AM

I have no idea how much the 1.8t 180's are priced at so not sure if its good or bad ... sounds ok to me if its a good un.

 

For the same price you get a very nice pd130 or a decent pd150


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Posted 26 July 2015 - 03:06 PM

I didn't think the auq's were priced much more than the aum's when I was looking but for the record both of those cars would have had a k03s fitted, the 180's are just mapped differently. Worth finding out how much more the insurance is on a 180 before making your mind up.

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Posted 26 July 2015 - 06:31 PM

Yeah I need to get quotes. Also found a 1.9 150PD for about £2k, seems pretty good. Will have to decide between them. Are there any downsides to diesels compared to petrols?



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Posted 01 November 2015 - 11:16 PM

Hi all,
Looking to resurrect this topic. After getting rid of my gt tdi 130 last year, I've decided it's time to buy again.

Went to look at a 1.8t gti 180 today, black, 3 door, 100k miles.

Guy was asking £2290 which seems a little high. It's got a fsh, timing belt etc.

Any thoughts on what I should be checking/common issues on the 1.8t??

Thanks

Rob





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