Used Car of the Day: 1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

The forums I pick the UCOTDs from are littered with project cars on this January Monday. I nearly picked a 1969 Opel Kadett that needed a lot of work -- and I still could for tomorrow if y'all want -- but instead I am bringing you a 1998 Volkswagen GTI VR6 that also needs work, if not quite as much.


There are almost 150K miles on the clock and the engine has a Vortech supercharger. The body needs work, mostly from rust and rot on the rocker panel. The interior leather also needs to be repaired. The seller also expresses some concern that the brakes might be too soft but says the engine is "strong" and the car is quick.

There's a manual transmission.

The price is $6,500 and the car is for sale in Pennsylvania.

[Images: Seller]

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Tim Healey
Tim Healey

Tim Healey grew up around the auto-parts business and has always had a love for cars — his parents joke his first word was “‘Vette”. Despite this, he wanted to pursue a career in sports writing but he ended up falling semi-accidentally into the automotive-journalism industry, first at Consumer Guide Automotive and later at Web2Carz.com. He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for About.com, CarFax, Vehix.com, High Gear Media, Torque News, FutureCar.com, Cars.com, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as AutoGuide.com, Off-Road.com, and HybridCars.com. He’s an urbanite and as such, doesn’t need a daily driver, but if he had one, it would be compact, sporty, and have a manual transmission.

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  • CEastwood CEastwood on Jan 09, 2024

    I agree with everyone else - this POS looks like it belongs on a Murilee junkyard find article . It also reminds me of one of the many motorcycle/car/truck finds on facebook marketplace that looks like it needs a little TLC then you read the description to find out it hasn't run in years and has no title .

  • Fed65767768 Fed65767768 on Jan 09, 2024

    This heap is a junkyard find that hasn't been hauled away to the junkyard yet.

  • Tassos THANKS BIDEN. NOW BRING BACK LED PIPES, INDOOR SMOKING, ASBESTOS, AND THAT OTHER THING THOSE SOUTHERN LOSER STATES FOUGHT FOR.
  • Alan I think its the far left that want to ban fossil fuel powered vehicles. The left can mean many things. So don't place all into the "Left" if they don't believe in your right wing agenda.If one looks at a breakdown of political beliefs you'll find approximately 20% are dedicated wackos on the right, sort of Trumpian types. The same occurs on the left 20% are wackos, I call them Green types.This leaves the middle 60% shaking their heads at the nonsense, BS, misinformation, lies, etc that is spruiked by the extremes of both sides of politics.Australia is lucky in some respects as we have multiple political parties. The Labour Party (Dem equiv) don't have the extreme left as they migrate to the Greens. The Liberal Party (GOP equiv) don't have such luxury and has been infiltrated by right wing knobs.So, you'll find many Dems might have more conservative views than those that are GOP and vice versa.Stop with this nonsense.I don't envisage a ban on fossil fuel powered vehicles in Connecticut as this will not fit in with the economic development of the State. There will be changes of course.This is nothing but a piece of red meat.
  • Matt Posky That's a bummer. At this point, I would very much like to see them just sitting around talking about cars together. May's The Reassembler and Oh Cook were both enjoyable and consisted of little more than him chatting with the production crew. Clarkson's Farm is excellent and usually includes him just making jokes and political points as he goes about the day with a limited number of staged events. Hammond's Workshop has also been pretty good vs most other automotive-related programming because of his personality. Nobody expects them to drive trucks through brick walls or pretend to blow each other up anymore. Why they haven't transitioned over the the Jay Leno's Garage way of doing things is beyond me. Leno has arguably done some of is best work since retiring from Late Night. I'm sure the lads could muster up a few hours per month to get together at a museum or garage to chat about cars and flirt with each other.
  • Alan I would wait and see what the 250 Series offers from a value for money perspective. I do think the Prado will be a better vehicle overall and lots cheaper.I'm not a Toyota fan let alone a Lexus fan as they are overpriced in the bang for buck department.Let's wait and see what the next Patrol will be.
  • Kwi65728132 "Safety wonks at the federal level claim the starter solenoid in these rigs could be contaminated with water if operated in abnormally wet conditions like as a flooded road."Don't drive on flooded roads or "Turn around, don't down"It sounds like just plain common sense to not submerge your fancy vehicle in a body of standing water, unless you're doing it for the insurance money because you bought more car than your subprime credit rating can afford to pay for.
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