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Useful information , great post . Thanks for sharing !!


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im taking a couple hr trip to buy a 96 jetta vr6. she has 154,xxx on her, so my question is if i end up buying this car what are some immediate things i should update or upgrade to prevent problems down the road. just hoping for her to last tell next year when i get my income tax and i can rebuild the motor
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Damn good write up, jus bought a MK3 and even though it's too late im still running through this check list on mine...
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so far so good


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I'm about to purchase a 1998 Golf3 K2 edition.
I hear the engine isnt the best of all the golfs out there...But i've always wanted a 5-speed golf...can anyone give me pointers on what to look for?? any signs i should hit the road??
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#1 service history, IE: timing belt, water pump, and thermostat at 100,000 mile increments. then general service records.
#2 rust on the underside of rockers, floors, trunk, and the bottom of the doors (inside where it meets the kick).
#3 tail light gaskets leak, check the tail bulb trays for corrosion and check the spare tire well for water.
#4 check all general engine connections electrical, breathers, and vacuum lines. if anything is disconnected then there is a reason.
if it has a body kit/ground kit, rocker extensions, check behind them for rust.
also check the shift linkage for worn relay ball/bushings, this will create a sloppy shift pattern, and check the gaskets on the engine, the valve covers are known for weeping/leaking.

as far as the engine not being the greatest, it is what it is, with scheduled and regular maintenance it will run for a very long time. I have 190,000 miles on my 98 cabrio and it still runs very strong.

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Thanks man...I'm scheduled to look at one tomorrow, will definitely keep ya'll posted


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Whats wrong with engine in the k2? Its the 2L, one of the best engines VW's made IMO for reliability and fuel mileage.
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Finally Got it , will put pictures up soon, Does anybody have an idea how to take off the roof racks tho? I'm not an outdoorsman and i detest roof racks on cars.


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There she is I managed to get the roof rack off and take off the ugly ass bra,any suggestions mod-wise? i wanna get 17" black rims,HID kit and probly some white led lights to replace the Fog lights
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I have white LED's to replace my fogs, i like them. Dont put 17's on unless you plan on lowering, it looks dumb.
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Thanks, yes i intend to lower it eventually but i'm not sure what ride height would be safe because i want to clear speed bumps also i want to be able to drive it in winter, even though the snow here isnt very heavy...


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is a golf III a mk3 sorry for the noob question
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this was very helpful. i was trying to memorize everything so i can check for all these when i go see this jetta. i recommend all noobs read this.
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