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Buy GTI restore, then sell the SVT. 0 0%
Don't give up on the SVT, its just paint! 33 61.11%
Buy GTI, and keep as winter beater. 21 38.89%
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Old 10-30-2008, 03:48 PM   #1
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Poll: Fix rust+buy wheels or buy old GTI and sell SVT

I know this might sound a little but crazy but just hear me out.

Alright guys here goes, to put it lightly my SVT is making me really depressed. Its been a rough year with the car and now, after getting it fixed from a misshap with a guardrail, I find rust, where the bumper meets the body, with the hatch open. I am not sure if it goes all the way through. The suspension is squeaking on the Pass. side and something in the sunroof is rattling. Put them all together and it does not make me feel good after all the time and effort i have put in trying to keep it nice.

In most cases I would let these slide but I have treated my car like a KING! There is no reason for a 4yr. old car to have rust when it is waxed at least once a month.

Regardless I was going to buy new wheels and tires, a $1000 value, but then this came up.

A 1991 VW Golf GTI with rare Recaro interior. Yes it needs work but for $700 it is also mechanically sound only the body needs TLC, and I would forgive a car almost as old as I am to have some rust.

So now there are two plans,

1.Buy the wheels, fix the rust, and fight the good fight keeping rust and squeaks at bay(any tips would help).

2. Restore the GTI from the frame up(new paint, rustproof, new carpet, etc) and sell the SVT.

Thanks you for your input.


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Old 10-30-2008, 03:57 PM   #2
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if you would put the effort into an OLD VW why wouldnt you put the same effort into the SVT????
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:00 PM   #3
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I don't know how bad the rust will get on the SVT the hatch is worrying me a lot. The GTI is a clean slate and by selling the SVT I could potentially pay a lot of bills.
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:05 PM   #4
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buy the gti and fix the svt
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:19 PM   #5
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if u buy the gti ur just going to run into the same shit probably just more
stick with the svt
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:25 PM   #6
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Rust is a difficult trial and error. If you are planing on a VW, babying it to prevent little to no rust might also be an expensive gift.
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:50 PM   #7
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You have a 4 year-old car and you're debating giving it up for a 17 year-old car? How many miles are on your SVT? On the GTI? Which do you think will last longer? The GTI may be mechanically sound now, but from what I've heard, VW's are not extremely reliable vehicles...especially the older ones. Plus, in all honesty, what is the point of dumping a bunch of money into a 17 year-old car? Spending the money on the SVT is a better bet in my book.

Now I'm not trying to be a dick or make a statement like "Oh the SVTF is the best car ever don't get rid of it!" or "Stick with Ford because no other company is better!" because those are asinine statements. There are plenty of better cars and manufacturers out there.

What I am saying is that you probably are upside down on the SVT with your loan (assuming you have one) and won't get what you owe on it when you sell. So you have to pay for a car you don't own, and have a car that will probably crap out on you in a few years. Sticking with the SVT is a better choice in my eyes.

Good luck with whatever path you choose though!
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Old 10-30-2008, 04:58 PM   #8
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The SVT is paid off but I see what everyone is saying I think I was definitley just blinded by disappointment, not really thinking logically. Thats why I posted this up, to get perspective.
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Have any pictures of the rust? is it an area where the bumper mightve rubbed the paint off or is it rust through? The squeaking sunroof and suspension could be fixed fairly easily compared to restoring a 17 year old GTI
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also a frame up resto is a lot of work, more time and money that youll calculate for sure and youll always find something you dont like hiding in an old car (shoddy repairs, rust, electrical problems, past crash damage) when you pull it apart... just something to think about
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