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Old 07-07-2008, 05:33 PM
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2000 golf 1.8t - good deal?

Im looking at a 2000 Golf GLS with a 1.8t engine (no one tell my parents about the turbo)

its a 4 door, pw, pl, pm, manual, monsoon speaker system, with ac, stability control and 140K. Seems to be taken to service via the dealership and has all receipts to show.

hes asking 6500 because it will need a cat soon (which ive checked up at crappy tire and its about 140-200, but i might decide to do a catback system). Either way, is this a good deal and what are the things i should look for specific to this car outside of the normal stuff such as rust, overall condition, under the hood (stuff that you would look for on any car). i read to ask if the timing belt has been changed since it could eff up the head if it breaks, is there anything else i should pay more attention to?

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ps. i plan on doing my own labor on this car, ie brakes and simple things. Is it possible to do the timing belt myself (with the help of the manuals)
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not bad for $6500... not much you can buy these days under 10k...
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Im looking at a 2000 Golf GLS with a 1.8t engine (no one tell my parents about the turbo)

its a 4 door, pw, pl, pm, manual, monsoon speaker system, with ac, stability control and 140K. Seems to be taken to service via the dealership and has all receipts to show.
140K is nothing. Ive got a 2000 1.8T with 233K and it runs like a champ.

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es asking 6500 because it will need a cat soon (which ive checked up at crappy tire and its about 140-200, but i might decide to do a catback system). Either way, is this a good deal and what are the things i should look for specific to this car outside of the normal stuff such as rust, overall condition, under the hood (stuff that you would look for on any car). i read to ask if the timing belt has been changed since it could eff up the head if it breaks, is there anything else i should pay more attention to?
Cat back system doesnt include the actual cat itself. VW had a recall on cats I believe, not sure if it applys to your car due to the year of it but hell its worth a try. Enless there is a reciept for the timing belt with the mileage on it, I'd STRONGLY suggest you do it right away. Better safe then sorry. Timing belt will cost you roughly 800$ with labour, taxes, parts, etc but its alot better then paying for a rebuild or a new head(1500-2500$)

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ps. i plan on doing my own labor on this car, ie brakes and simple things. Is it possible to do the timing belt myself (with the help of the manuals)
You could do it yourself but remember that if you fukk up, you are seriously fukked. Ive never seen someone selling a 20v head EVER, and Im a VW website wh0re(Im on every website, even some in Croatia ) and not to mention that if you have never done it, well, your basically taking a big risk.


Otherwise I say you should get it. If its a 2000, it probablly has a AWD motor in it(which is good), its got forged crank, and they have the best coilpacks on them because they can be bolted down and the 2nd O2 sensor can be tapped for a A/F guage without actully ****** up the sensor..


Thats assuming it has a AWD motor in it(It should say on the side plastic that covers the timing belt)
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dam. alright thanks alot. will take this into consideration when going to look at the car.
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Also to mention something else. These cars RARELY have rust. Mine is a 2000 and I dont even have bubbling..Mods can get expensive but hell, you gotta pay to play...
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so is the timing belt the only main concern i have with this car? or is there something else to pay key attention to?
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Well start it up. It should start within the first 3-4 seconds. Ask when the coilpacks have been replaced last? See how the tranny feels. Does it go in smooth into each gear? See if all the brake lights work. Check underneith for anything that might be loose. See if there is any check engine lights or any lights at all.

If it has a boost guage it should go to roughly 8-9psi. If its chipped, it should be at least 15psi..(Im roughly at 19-20psi)..Make sure everything on the inside works(heat, a/c[not that important but check anyways], lights, sunroof[if it has it], and the ASR(traction control). Take it for a spin if you can, and see how it feels. It might feel quick but dont get ahead of yourself. Make sure the ASR works, and you can do this by giving it gas around corners, as it puts the traction control on you'll feel like the car is bogging and you will see a triangle with a circle around it turn on.

Then try it with the ASR off. If it has heated seats, try those out too. Check the trunk for any leaks and check to make sure everything is there for the spare tire.
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My friend got the same car like beginning of spring for $7000 less a turbo. So your deal looks pretty good compared to what my friend got.
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alright thanks guys. i looked at a 01 today with an AWW code on the engine. same thing 1.8T, 185K $5700
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AWW motor is a different motor then mine..Its still 150HP and runs the same boost but it uses a different turbo. It runs of a K03S, like the 2002 and up 1.8T's..They arent bad as its a sweet motor but its just not as cool as mine \


Haha. Get the one thats cheaper and still do the timing belt..
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Dude, Do it, I just bought a 2002 Jetta 1.8T with 150K for a first car for $6500 too, I love this car to death, I had it for a month and it drives like new. So far all I've had to replace was a brake light. They are sooo much fun to drive, you won't regret it.
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If the engine is running a KO3s then its the 180HP version. The 1.8t comes in a 150 and 180HP version with either a KO3 or a KO3s turbo. Ideally you want to get the 180HP version with the KO3s.

The body panels are galvanized on MK4s so rust is not an issue. $6500 is an average price. You can get them for closer to $5000 if you hunt hard.

Good luck, the engine has alot of potential and the cars are a blast to drive, handle awesome and look great. Parts are dirt cheap for them too if you know where to go.
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The AWW(2001) motor had 150HP and used a K03S
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Hmm, Wasnt aware, good to know thx. I thought all K03s setups were on 180HP versions.
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Hmm, Wasnt aware, good to know thx. I thought all K03s setups were on 180HP versions.
Blahh K03/K03s..Same different pile..Both are tiny and both suck..
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