Should I buy a second hand VW Golf VR6 (2.8 LITRE) 1992-1998 year model Manual gearbox. Cheers?

I am not worried about the high insurance cost, As I am not a zitty 18 year old who has just passed his driving test. Cheers

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4 Responses to Should I buy a second hand VW Golf VR6 (2.8 LITRE) 1992-1998 year model Manual gearbox. Cheers?

  1. Sean F

    I would worry about maintenance costs for such an old high performance engine, you might want to check this out. Other than that I have friends that are still driving this model Golf from buying it new and in one case (a lowly GTi) it has only broken down once or twice and the most major problem has been all four window lifts failing almost at the same time.

  2. Mikey

    Personally i would go for the Corrado VR6 (2.9) Much nicer car. Plus everybodys got a golf and the VR6′s dont look much different to a normall golf.

  3. a car nut

    Be sure to try and go in and out of reverse several times. The big problem with the manual gear box is that people chip the reverse gear set and it can lead to failures of the gear box, which then cost a lot of money. Drive the vehicle making sure that you upshift and downshift thru all the gears and at both low and high rpm’s; the shifter should not feel sloppy, it should take a firm effort, but not be hard. German gear boxes are not as smooth or effort free as the asian ones, but, that is because of tight tolerances. At a dead stop, try and shift into reverse; you should a defining click when reverse is fully engaged, if it does not want to go into reverse don’t force it; either move the car forward slightly or rev the engine slightly to get the gear to roll slightly over. Normally, it should be fairly easy to engage reverse, hearing or feeling the click once reverse is fully engaged. It should be slightly easiler to fully engage reverse gear than first gear in many cases. If the vehicle has a lot of miles, have someone check the shift linkage adjustment if it feels even slightly loose; keeping the shifter cable/link in proper adjustment is very important. Change the gearbox oil at least once every 30,000 miles or every two gears, using a high quality lube (like a synethic fluid; i.e., Redline or similiar and you’ll have a happy time of it). Reject any vehicle that has a difficulty shifting into any gear (except reverse, see above) as gear box repairs often cost at least 1500 (san francisco area) and don’t lug the engine when shifting; on a vr6, shift above 2700 rpm for the best performance and avoid the lug from excessive rpm drop. The vr6 comes alive above 2500 rpm. Hope this helps, a car nut.

  4. daytondaveman

    If you like the car and its in good shape then yeah. Oh, and the manual part. Dont worry about that-Every car i have ever owned has been a stickshift!

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