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Unread 06-12-2010, 03:30 PM   #1
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Hey guys, it's finally time to replace my hand-me-down Suzuki Grand Vitara.

How does this look?

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...r_id=267001869

PS: I'm a car noob, so go lightly.

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Unread 06-12-2010, 03:36 PM   #2
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Gir's on here?!

Seems like it's in pretty good condition. Decent mileage for an 02 for a good price. I'd say go for it.
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Yep, it's me.

Thank you.

Also, I notice the lack of a cigarette lighter, which means I can't use the adapter to play my Zune over the radio. So I'll need to replace the stereo with one that has an AUX connector. Is it pretty easy to do? I can't tell by the pictures, do I need a single DIN or double DIN stereo?

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The 1.8T is a nice engine but if you are getting a Jetta you really must get the TDI. 2x better fuel economy and torque out the wazoo. Diesels are magical.
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The 1.8T is a nice engine but if you are getting a Jetta you really must get the TDI. 2x better fuel economy and torque out the wazoo. Diesels are magical.
http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...r_id=279333951

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Yep!

Thats a good price for such low miles, most TDIs I see for sale have well over 200,000 miles on them because people buy them for commuters and have no reason to get rid of them. The automatic in the Jetta might suck a couple MPGs over a Manual though.

I dont know what your budget is, but this one looks much nicer, but for slightly more.

http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false

It has 25,000 miles less than that first one and is three years newer. It has a Manual transmission which will give you better MPGs and more enjoyment from your car. This one also has the classy aftermarket rims and an audio system in it.
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Yeah, that one is definitely out of my price range. Even 7k is pushing it. I'll have to see what kind of financing I can get. Otherwise it's definitely the one I posted in the first post.

Do you have any advice about stereo replacement for that one? I need to be able to play my zune in the car.

Also: In the second picture of the first car, does it look like the brakes are upgraded, or are those stock?

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Yeah, that one is definitely out of my price range. Even 7k is pushing it. I'll have to see what kind of financing I can get. Otherwise it's definitely the one I posted in the first post.

Do you have any advice about stereo replacement for that one? I need to be able to play my zune in the car.

Also: In the second picture of the first car, does it look like the brakes are upgraded, or are those stock?
Those are interesting, I cant be totally sure about the brakes. As far as not having a cigarette lighter, are you sure? Could it be inside the ashtray. A large population of Germans (let alone Americans) smoke so you would think it would have one.

Are there any Manual transmission versions of the first car? If you are going to get a gasser you can at least make up for it by getting a Manual.

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http://www.autotrader.com/fyc/vdp.js...standard=false
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It's more likely just painted calipers...but if they are upgraded, it won't make a huge difference, it's a small car; it stops fast.

I'd be very surprised if it didn't have a cigarette lighter. But wiring a stereo in wouldn't be hard at all. Do have a basic electrical understanding of volts, ohms, etc? Can you read a schematic? Most of what it requires is just reading a schematic and having a bit of patience. You can buy yourself a Haynes manual to find schematics; it'll help you down the road anyway.

Personally, i wouldn't buy a Volkswagen automatic...if you're willing to learn to drive a stick shift, you'll get significantly better mileage that route...plus it's more fun

Are you dead set on getting a VW? Not a bad choice, just wondering whats so special about VWs that other cars can't compete with.
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It's more likely just painted calipers...but if they are upgraded, it won't make a huge difference, it's a small car; it stops fast.

I'd be very surprised if it didn't have a cigarette lighter. But wiring a stereo in wouldn't be hard at all. Do have a basic electrical understanding of volts, ohms, etc? Can you read a schematic? Most of what it requires is just reading a schematic and having a bit of patience. You can buy yourself a Haynes manual to find schematics; it'll help you down the road anyway.

Personally, i wouldn't buy a Volkswagen automatic...if you're willing to learn to drive a stick shift, you'll get significantly better mileage that route...plus it's more fun

Are you dead set on getting a VW? Not a bad choice, just wondering whats so special about VWs that other cars can't compete with.
Good points Weirdo!

Personally the only reason I would buy one would be because of the diesel but the Turbo gassers are pretty good to.

Volkswagen doesnt have a great reputation for their automatics, and as Weirdo said, manuals are more fun.

Wiring in a stereo should be fairly simple, and if not you can always pay someone to do it for like ~$100...
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