I'm prejudiced but I'd keep the golf. I don't think a3's are inferior at
all but I just like the a2's better. BTW, I got a slip of paper under my 91
gti wiper blade today asking if I was interested in selling - second time
that's happened - maybe I should be paranoid now. It's straight and clean
and and stock so it is beginning to be a little bit uncommon I guess.
(mostly stock anyway - bilsteins/h&r lower it a little and the tt exhaust
stands out for the types that notice such things).
I haven't driven a stickshift A3 2.0 but I've driven a automatic A3 2.0 and
it was quite lethargic. A3s are let down by terrible plastic pieces inside
and out (not the the A2s are great in that area, but I think they're
definitely better than the A3s). I'd keep the A2.
I too would keep the A2, for sure. He who initiates the trade wants
it more.... If your car runs well, don't get into something you don't
know anything about just because it's newer. The A2's are waaaaaaay
I wouldn't trade my A2 for an A3 unless it was a VR, and even then I'd
be pretty danged reluctant. I don't know about handling; the theory
is that the A2, being a lighter car, will inherently handle better
with the same amount of money in tires and suspension, but the
previous owner of my car switched to a seriously-modded 1996 Golf
Harlequin (VR swap, various bits of work including suspension, brakes,
wheels, and tires), and the ride is incredible. Silky-smooth...he
took me for a ride on the highway the day after he got tags on it and
stepped on it in third gear...then he turns to me and says, "by the
way, we're going 90 [MPH]." I thought we were just cruising along at
sixty-five or seventy from the smoothness and quietness of the
ride--I've driven and ridden in A2s that were rock-solid up to 100+
MPH, but smooth wasn't necessarily a word that came to mind. And
yeah, it corners like a SOB, too.
On the other hand, he also gets something like ten fewer miles per
gallon in the VR than he did in his/(now my) A2, which would be a
serious consideration for me, as I already spend way too much on gas.
My A3 is about to pass 180K miles and it is running better than it ever
was. Being a 1994 vehicle, it's still OBD-I and simple enough to be
considered a "bridge vehicle". It was built in 1993 and has disc all
the way around, nice robust headliner instead of the that cheesey junk
of today and pretty simple as in not at many parts per square inch, plastic
or weight. This is comparing it to A4s which will probably not age as
well since the plastic and parts ratio is higher. I will be keeping my A3
until it dies because it isn't worth much as in resale value. My suspension
and drive train is tight. I like the way it handles with the original 14"
I also have an 1989 A2 16V GTI so I can compare. The A2 only has 138K but
it is only in fair condition and is not road worthy because of the PO
beating the balls off of it. It's currently resting in the garage next to
my newly acquired toy, a 1994 YJ Sahara which I am currently delousing
right now. :) The Jeep has 189500 miles, 4.0L straight 6 that will not die.
I am going from a "WASS IST LOS???" newsgroup to a "DYI" one. Jeep enthusiasts
are just so much more practically experienced. It is a nice change for
No pissing and moaning about dealer prices and bad mouthing. No whining
about how this and that is unreliable. I admit, VW is really losing their
touch with the old way of thinking. I really hate the way they go an put in
automatic door lockers when you start driving. Is this for the lazy "Pu$$Y"
domestic bomb owners? When the hell did they do that flamboyant clapped
up gizmo design. Next you will think they are going to hold it while you
pee in the drivers seat too. A hand or suction hose will come up from
beneath the seat so you don't have to stop for rest stops anymore. (C) Just
in case a VW engineer is reading this newsgroup. :-)
Back to the original reason for this thread. As for trading, why trade
if your A2 drives well and the A3 appears to need work. That's just plain
wrong. You should give your neighbour(sic) a good verbal reaming. Ask him
why don't he fix it all up and let you test drive it before you make a
decision. I would be curious what his answer to that would be. Ask him
if you could take it to your mechanic and have him inspect it too. :-)
Good luck and play his game but remember you have the final word since he
initiated the deal.
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In almost any used-car situation, I'd go with a known-drivable,
known-history car (i.e. the one you already own) over a question
mark if reliability is a major concern. If one car is drivable and the
other "needs a little work," I'd redouble that line of thinking.
I want to get rid of both of my a2's, first the golf has to go then the
jetta carat. My biggest question is why does he not just fix what he has,
what is the real deal here. Is the clutch fubarred, head gasket crapped out.
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