I have a 1.8GTI Turbo 20 valve. year 2000. its got a full black leather recaro interior. Silver. Ive only had it since march and im not sure what bhp it is, its a wicked going car and have beaten lots of 320 bmws etc. Some sites say its 150 or 180 bhp. The car is standard i know this because a neighbour of mine has owned the car from new. Even though i think its fast i do think that it should be quicker again than what it is. I need some advice on what i should do to get more power out of the car i dont want to chip it i want to keep it original. Power aside I have had an amazing eye opener on what a good car is capable of doing I dnt consider myself a fast driver but in a car like the golf you tend to feel comfortable driving at higher speeds. I had a MK1 golf before I bought my mK4 and when i sell my mk 4 i want to buy a R32 MK5. If anyone has an idea What i can do for my car for performance let me know.
The Golf Mark IV range can't be accused of being small - there is a model for everyone, and pretty much every pocket. From the base model to the top of the range 4Motion, there is sure to be a model for you. I had already made the decision that the Golf was the car I wanted. It looks awesome, it has the Volkswagen pedigree and build quality behind it, and our local dealer was great. Okay it was a bit more expensive than other similar cars, but in my opinion, the others didn't even come close. The model I eventually chose was the GTI 1.8 Turbo (150 bhp), but was also considering the GTI TD (130bhp), the V5 and the GTI 2.0, here's why I didn't: The GTI 2.0 on paper looks appealing, a £1000 or so less that the GTI 1.8T and lower insurance. But, in simple terms, it is not a GTI at all; in fact the car is called the 2.0 SE in Europe. Performance is poor for a GTI, economy is no different to the 1.8T, and it doesn't have the 'trimmings' that the 1.8T variation did. This was an easy car to decide against. The GTI TD was a very tempting package, great fuel economy, similar performance to the GTI 1.8T and similar looks. However, it was a good deal more expensive (£1000) and it needs to be serviced every 6,000 miles, as opposed to every 20,000. Therefore in the long run, I would have to do a lot of miles to make the extra fuel economy pay for itself - something which I don't do. It also lacked the sporting heritage that the GTI 1.8T had. To me, and it is an old fashioned view, a diesel doesn't invoke images of performance and style, even though in reality there is not much difference. So I decided against this model The V5 was the hardest model to dismiss. There was the appeal of a more refined GTI experience - the 0-60 times were similar, but you knew that the V5 would get there in less of a ruffle than the kick in the back turbo GTI version. The extras are also impressive, making it more
like a luxury car than a hatchback. The fuel economy is slightly inferior, and the cost is obviously higher, which pushed it slightly out of my price bracket. But price apart, the only thing that would put me off it is that it wasn't a GTI. As simple (and stupid!) as that! I have had my GTI 1.8T for 9 months now, and grow ever more pleased with it. It is smooth quiet and refined when you want it to be, but be a bit rougher and it will do what you ask - it will grip when you want it to, speed off when you need it to, and do everything in style. It is surprisingly fuel efficient too. I have never regretted buying it ? it really does get better every day - I can?t wait for tomorrow! No matter what model you get, from the bottom to the top, they all look clean, fresh, stylish and expensive. You will be making a good decision by buying a Golf ? you?ll know that whilst you?re owning it, and when you come to sell it too. It is the best car I've ever had - and probably the only make I will now ever own. Addendum - The Golf GTI TDI (150 bhp Diesel) has now been launched in the UK giving similar performance but with better economy. But beware - it is £1k more expensive to buy, which means you need to do a lot of miles to reap the benefit, in fact one car magazine worked out that after you have covered 38,000 miles, you will be saving money...
If you are buying a Golf then I strongly reccomend that you conider going for the Automatic Rain Sensor option. When you are driving about in typical British weather, varying from drizzle to heavy rain, this option is invaluable. It does a superb job of detecting how heavy the rain is and wipes whenever you need it, leaving you to concentrate on driving. As it replaces the intermittent wiper, you use the control for the intermittent wiper speed to set how sensitive the sensor is, so you can fine tune it to your own preference, and then leave it. The rain sensor also incorporates an automatic dimming rear view mirror. This works very well, I have never been dazzled, however I could probably survive without that since I have never been that troubled by dazzle.
I had the pleasure of owning a Mk.2 GTI from new and covered 120,000 miles over ten years until I wrote it off after skidding on an untreated icy road last Christmas. Even though this model lacked airbags, etc. it still performed well in destruction testing leaving everyone in one piece and limping home under its own power. Having my two young children walk away from this accident unscathed along with the great fun I had with this car over the last decade convinced me to buy another GTI. I bought a Mk.4 GTI Turbo in January and have now covered 8,000 miles without any problem. When I drove this car on test I was impressed by just how far VW had progressed over the last ten years. This car really is a quality item with everything well screwed together and a really nice interior with grippy Recarro seats. My wife thinks the blue lit instruments with red needles are a bit tarty but I love them along with the rest of the car. On the safety front the car has driver and passenger front and side airbags and three proper three-point seatbelts in the rear. I'm a bit of a car nut so I'd read all the quality car mags. before buying and I knew that the Turbo was supposedly the pick of the range but even I was surprised by just how nice this car is to drive. Even when it was brand new and the engine and gearbox were tight it went really fast and remembering how the last Golf didn't really loosen up until 50,000 miles I'm looking forward to this one getting even better as time goes on. I didn't like the Mk.3 GTI but I think this model is nicely understated, especially in Black with those lovely alloys and only the red 'I' on the badge to distinguish it from lesser Golfs. It's grown up over the years and hopefully won't get the same negative reactions from vandals and traffic cops as the last one attracted. Comparing it to the Mk.2 its not better in every way - you need to remember to drop a gear or two after slowing to enter a roundabout otherw
ise it can bog-down until the revs rise and the turbo smooths things out. There isn't any real turbo lag and the turbo kicks in very softly c. 2000 rpm and then it really accelerates. It doesn't have the Mk.2's phenomenal acceleration around 50-70mph in top which made that car so much fun to drive and the suspension is quite a bit softer which combined with the nicely weighted power steering make it a lot more comfortable but a bit less communicative. It can gently bounce a little at speed on undulating motorways and you either have to accelerate through this or back off a bit. I'm told VW build and import some cars from South Africa and these can be a bit rattly but mine was built in good old West germany and is as solid as a rock. Even my seven year old daughter who cried when the last car died and steadfastly insisted she liked the Mk.2 better for the first six months has now mellowed. However she did throw-up inside though I think she was just marking her territory as this car feels like it will still be going strong when she learns to drive.