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Junkyard Discover: 2001 Volkswagen GTI VR6

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, LH front view - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsAs a result of excessive-efficiency German automobiles require precisely the kind of regular maintenance and a spotlight that the majority American car house owners aren’t so good at doing, I discover loads of good-wanting manufacturing unit-scorching-rod Audis and VWs and Mercedes-Benzes throughout my junkyard travels. Most of these automobiles get scrapped as a result of one thing costly broke and the third or seventh proprietor wouldn’t or couldn’t spring for the repair.

As we speak’s Junkyard Discover is totally different, although — right here’s a GTI GLX that was operating properly sufficient to drive to the crash, present in a Denver-area self-service yard.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, front seats - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsIt wasn’t a lot of a crash, however sufficient to fireside the airbags and (in all probability) bend the unibody. That resulted in on the spot depreciation to scrap worth. If the occupants have been belted in, we will assume they walked away with no bodily accidents.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, engine - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsNorth People might select from two flavors of GTI within the 2001 mannequin yr: the GLS (with a 1.eight-liter turbocharged 4-banger rated at one hundred fifty horsepower) and the GLX (with a naturally-aspirated 2.eight-liter VR6 making 174 horsepower). The unique purchaser of this car knew that there’s no alternative for displacement and received the GLX.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, manual gearshift - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe final time I wrote a few discarded Mk4 GTI, it had the 1.8T and the elective automated transmission. This car has a correct GTI transmission and three pedals.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, Little Tree air freshener - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsYou’ll discover one in each car. You’ll see. My in depth junkyard analysis has resulted within the conclusion that New Automotive Scent is the second-most-widespread Automotive-Freshner Little Tree positioned in automobiles destined for the junkyard; Black Ice is #1 by an enormous margin.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, GTI badge - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsI see loads of Mk3 and Mk4 GTIs in yards like this, in fact, however I vowed to disregard the automatics and solely escape my digital camera for examples with guide transmissions. That took a few years. Hell, in all probability half the junkyard Miatas and eighty % of BMW three Collection I see have two pedals.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, VR6 badge - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsI’m stunned that no junkyard consumers had pulled any mechanical bits off this car, which had been within the yard for a few weeks once I noticed it; usually, crashed automobiles with manufacturing unit efficiency elements get picked over quick, since they have been confirmed runners up till the final minute. Maybe each GTI freak in northeastern Colorado already has a storage full of additional elements by now.


The GTI is… like a boy overinflating an orange balloon?


In 2001 Germany, these rattling Era Golf-ers didn’t care about homes. Simply automobiles.

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