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18 VW GTI? #4644346
01/23/18 08:21 PM
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I am thinking about buying a new VW GTI this spring so I have a few questions....

Are today's VW's reliable?
I see that VW is offering a nice warranty on a new one but will it be void if I change my own oil?
Is it possible to change my own oil on this car or do I need special tools?
Does it take special dealer oil or can I still get my oil at WM?
I am thinking about the dual clutch automatic transmission does anyone know how reliable this trans is?

Thanks for any input.

Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644360
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Are today's VW's reliable? I've owned 3 VWs never had any problems. If your scared get a extend warranty.
I see that VW is offering a nice warranty on a new one but will it be void if I change my own oil? NO, as long as you, use a VW 502 approved oil and follow the maintenance schedule.
Is it possible to change my own oil on this car or do I need special tools? Not sure on the GTI but on my Jetta its a 19mm drain plug with spin on filter.
Does it take special dealer oil or can I still get my oil at WM? WM carries a few 502 approved oils.
I am thinking about the dual clutch automatic transmission does anyone know how reliable this trans is? Ive never heard that they are a bad tranny. I do know that servicing a DSG on VWs are pricey.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644369
01/23/18 08:38 PM
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Never had any issues (well the battery did die, but thats it) with the TDI, it is a DSG too. It does take a service that uses pretty expensive fluid at 40,000 miles. There is also a 15 Sportwagen DSG in the family and it is fine too.

Id recommend dealer filters and approved oils (actually on the list) and keeping records.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644378
01/23/18 08:46 PM
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They seem to be fairly reliable. My fiancee's Jetta has around 34,000 miles on it. Outside of replacing the ignition tumbler twice under warranty it's been pretty solid. You can change your own oil without voiding the warranty, just use VW 502.00 oil and the appropriate filter.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: DuckRyder] #4644387
01/23/18 08:50 PM
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My '13 GTI DSG turns 5 years old this summer. Bought it new. Different generation and build country than the '18's.
Electric fuel pump (Not the HPFP) went out 2 years ago (Warranty)
New battery last year
New tires summer '17

That's it.

Not sure if I'll hit 40K this year for the DSG service, I hear it's around $400 USD.

Last edited by JetStar; 01/23/18 08:54 PM.

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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644391
01/23/18 08:52 PM
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Both VW's in my signature are very reliable and have never been in to the dealer for warranty work except for the diesel retune so I could get my 6000. We are very pleased with how they drive and handle, they are extremely comfortable and fit and finish is great. Go for it.


2013 VW Passat TDI SE, 63,600 miles Castrol Professional VW507 5W-30
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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644417
01/23/18 09:15 PM
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Since they dumped the CC, this is the only VW I'd consider. Fun cars.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644462
01/23/18 09:50 PM
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The Walmarts in my metro currently stock 3 VW 502 approved oils at the moment: Mobil1 0W40, Pennzoil 0W40 and Castrol 0W40.

ECS Tuning has a plethora of OEM and after market VW parts and tools for cheap.
Many after market VW parts are made in Europe, not China.

VW was the first automaker to make real widespread use of the dual clutch automatic. It had some teething pains, but is generally a solid unit
in newer VW's. It is made by Borg Warner in Japan for VW.

Some have noted such as Consumers Reports, that when the 2015 came out, it was not as fun to drive as the previous generation.

VW does a good job with parts revisions. When parts are having quality control issues, VW works on improving the part until it becomes reliable.
Being that the 2018 is the 4th model year for the MK7 GTI, it should be decently reliable. Looking up OEM VW parts on ECS Tuning will indicate
if VW had parts revisions for whatever your looking at. The ignition coils oir the intake manifold as an example.

If your a worry wort that ask who's more reliable, Toyota or Honda? The car isn't for you if you'll get depressed when something needs fixed.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644481
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I don't believe that there are any cars sold in the U.S these days that arent reliable overall.

Buy what you like. Everyone is building world class cars these days.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: dishdude] #4644492
01/23/18 10:19 PM
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Originally Posted By: dishdude
Since they dumped the CC, this is the only VW I'd consider. Fun cars.

Have you seen the Arteon? I dig it.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: rooflessVW] #4644568
01/24/18 02:57 AM
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Originally Posted By: rooflessVW
Originally Posted By: dishdude
Since they dumped the CC, this is the only VW I'd consider. Fun cars.

Have you seen the Arteon? I dig it.
The Arteon looks better then the CC, its defiantly got a lot of Audi in it. Not putting the CC down, they are still VERY nice cars.


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Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644575
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My brother got an 18 GTI recently. Very nice car. He had a diesel golf before that was fully reliable. We also had a rabbit which was fully reliable.

All were manuals though. I can't really comprehend buying a dct version personally. And yes, we all drive in high traffic areas.

Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644643
01/24/18 07:34 AM
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VW seems highly marked down car. Have them throw in a VW backed extended warranty longest period possible and see if price point is good for you.

Those warranties are normally marked up 50-250% so getting one near cost is not hard.

The GTI is the only desirable car to me they produce and it's excellent.

Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644651
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I agree to only get this GTI with a manual transmission.

Re: 18 VW GTI? [Re: Camprunner] #4644662
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I recommend at least driving a DSG. When driven in anger they really rip. I prefer it.


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