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Picking up a beater/daily driver.

Baldilocks73

Go Kart Champion
Location
Delaware, U.S.A.
Car(s)
2015 Golf R
So, I've always admired th Mk4 Golf in any iteration, so I think I'm picking one up on Friday to be my daily driver. Trying to keep the miles off of the R -- and avoid deer this time of year going back and forth to work.

It's a 2005 Silver Golf GL. It IS an automatic, but the price was right and it only has a little over 100,000 miles. Timing belt was replaced at 90,000 miles.

Hopefully, I like it enough to bring it home. :)





 

cbaumy34

Go Kart Champion
Location
Lindenhurst, IL
Very awesome

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Baldilocks73

Go Kart Champion
Location
Delaware, U.S.A.
Car(s)
2015 Golf R
Truthfully, I would have preferred a TDI version, but they are hard to find closeby. :) I'll def have to get some more appropriate wheels for mine.
 

cbaumy34

Go Kart Champion
Location
Lindenhurst, IL

GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
While I am a fan of mk4, and previous owner of four of them I don't think I'd take an automatic for free. They're guaranteed to fail, just a shitty design
 

Baldilocks73

Go Kart Champion
Location
Delaware, U.S.A.
Car(s)
2015 Golf R
While I am a fan of mk4, and previous owner of four of them I don't think I'd take an automatic for free. They're guaranteed to fail, just a shitty design

Well, as it will mostly be driven to work every day and on mundane tasks, I don't plan on thrasing the transmission. The fact that I have an extra transmission laying around eases my mind some too. :)

I doubt this thing even makes the full 115hp anymore anyway.
 

mesaboogie18

Ready to race!
Location
MD
I own a 2004 MKIV GTI 1.8T that I bought in 2008. It's been a great car. I've replaced the clutch twice (went out a little after REVO stage 2 and I didn't properly break in the clutch when I replaced it the first time), the timing belt twice, and regular maintenance and replacement parts for a 155k mile car. I chipped it at around 55k miles and it's been running strong ever since. Still pulls hard. I still drive it a few times a week to save miles on my MK7 GTI. It's still a blast, though it does feel dated compared to my new GTI. Overall, very solid. I bought it in Hawaii and it survived 3 year Alaskan winters after that. It's a little tank. Here are some pics of it when it was stock and after modifying it.
 

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Baldilocks73

Go Kart Champion
Location
Delaware, U.S.A.
Car(s)
2015 Golf R
Very nice. I'm still up in the air. I am going to also be looking at a Mk5 Rabbit as well. Going to be a tough choice. And, knowing that neither one of these is a performance machine, who knows what it will come down to.
 

dsimons1187

Ready to race!
Location
Manchester, NH
Very nice. I'm still up in the air. I am going to also be looking at a Mk5 Rabbit as well. Going to be a tough choice. And, knowing that neither one of these is a performance machine, who knows what it will come down to.

+1 for the rabbit. I had a mk5 rabbit prior to my GTI. Awesome little car. Yes its not the fastest car but the in-line 5 was still fun especially if all your looking for is a daily beater. It was also incredibly reliable, over the 4 years I owned it I literally didn't have to put a cent into the engine (minus oil changes).
 

Baldilocks73

Go Kart Champion
Location
Delaware, U.S.A.
Car(s)
2015 Golf R
Unfortunately, both were sold. :( But, tomorrow I am looking at a 06 Jetta 2.5 that is in really great conditon and has under 100,000 miles.

 

Veedubgli

Ready to race!
Location
Saco, ME
I love the MK4 generation (owned a GLI and 20th). I plan on picking up a Jetta wagon or 4 door Golf in the spring as my "dog car" (90 lb wolf hybrid isn't good for my R). That is, if she makes it through the winter....she was just diagnosed with stage 4 lymphoma. :(
 

GTI Jake

Autocross Champion
Location
Charlotte, NC
I'm a pretty big advocate of daily driving your mk7. Just food for thought:

It's going to depreciate nearly the same at 5k miles a year as 30k.

It's not rare. So if it's totaled they'll just replace it.

Gets the same or better mileage than your beater options.

You'd spend $2500-5000 on the beater, plus maintenance and insurance...far more than even 60,000 mile per year depreciation on the R would add up to

Won't be as fun as the R

Won't have any of the comforts or safety features

The list goes on and on. I could see if the R were an M2, a 1969 Hemi cuda, or a Ducati...but it's just a mk7. While it's the best of the mk7, it's still a daily driver in its purest forum. A practical, refined, hatchback
 
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