Used Car of the Day: 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

Today we bring you a 2012 Volkswagen Golf GTI that has been heavily modified and needs some cosmetic work.

This San Diego-based car can be yours for $8,000.

The upgrades include a carbon-fiber intake system, Magnaflow exhaust, coil pack, clutch kit, short-throw shifter, coilovers, sway bars, a brake kit, 18-inch NEUSPORT wheels, and Michelin Pilot Sports.

There are some cosmetic issues with the headliner and some paint chips on the hood. The front grilles apparently need replacing.

Otherwise this car apparently runs well and there are receipts for all services and mods.

Click here to see more.

[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 He also worked as an industry analyst at Mintel Group and freelanced for, CarFax,, High Gear Media, Torque News,,, among others, and of course Vertical Scope sites such as,, and 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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  • Mike Beranek Mike Beranek 5 days ago
    These mods are no good for use north of I-80. The roads will pound you to death.
  • Tassos Tassos 5 days ago
    I did click to see more, and it said $6,000. I guess for Tim they made a special price of $8,000, knowing his sick obsession with horrendously unreliable POS FWD VWs and Volvos. He did not disappoint again today.. LOL
  • THX1136 I would not 'knowingly' purchase a Chinese built or brand. I am somewhat skeptical of actual build quality. What I've seen in other Chinese made products show them to be of low quality/poor longevity. They are quite good at 'copying' a design/product, but often they appear to take shortcuts by using less reliable materials and/or parts. And , yes, I know that is not exclusive to Chinese products. When I was younger 'made in Japan' was synonymous with poor quality (check John Entwistle's tune 'Made in Japan' out for a smile). This is not true today as much of Japan's output is considered very favorably and, in some product types, to be of superior quality. I tend to equate the same notion today for things 'made in China'.
  • Mike Beranek No, but I'm for a world where everyone, everywhere buys cars (and everything else) that are sourced and assembled regionally. Shipping big heavy things all over the planet is not a solution.
  • Jeffrey No not for me at this time
  • El scotto Hmm, my VPN and security options have 12-month subscriptions. Car dealers are not accountable to anyone except the owner. Of course, the dealer principles are running around going "state of the art security!", "We need dedicated IT people!" For the next 12 months. The hackers can wait.
  • El scotto Chip it, NOS it, Wrap it, go buy hipster jeans.