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Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

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I've been in Zurich for just over 6 months now. Feeling settled and need to make the next move and buy a car. I'm looking for a golf GTI. Don't mind going for something a couple of years with around 20,000 miles or so.

Can anyone help with where I can start to look for one. I'm currently based in Ruschlikon.

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Re: Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

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Re: Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

Do you need the space? If not, a Polo GTI/Fabia RS/Mini Cooper S is the better choice.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

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Do you need the space? If not, a Polo GTI/Fabia RS/Mini Cooper S is the better choice.
What do you mean "the better choice"? Better from what point of view?

From my point of view neither of those is a better choice because:
1. They hover around the same prices (at least the polos and the coopers are way overpriced imho)
2. They have smaller and less tunable engines, e.g. 1.8T, 1.9TDI, 1.6T vs the Golf's 2.0TFSI
3. With the exception of the Fabia obviously, fuel consumption is the same
4. The Golf's safety is better
5. Quality of interior materials is better for the Golf, especially when compared to the Fabia where the gap is quite big

As for buying, sure autoscout24 is a good start, but if you don't mind the hassle you can get one from Germany, for less money than here. Also, German dealers around the border will help you with all import paperwork mostly AND you might also get the German tax back.
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Re: Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

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What do you mean "the better choice"? Better from what point of view?

From my point of view neither of those is a better choice because:
1. They hover around the same prices (at least the polos and the coopers are way overpriced imho)
2. They have smaller and less tunable engines, e.g. 1.8T, 1.9TDI, 1.6T vs the Golf's 2.0TFSI
3. With the exception of the Fabia obviously, fuel consumption is the same
4. The Golf's safety is better
5. Quality of interior materials is better for the Golf, especially when compared to the Fabia where the gap is quite big

As for buying, sure autoscout24 is a good start, but if you don't mind the hassle you can get one from Germany, for less money than here. Also, German dealers around the border will help you with all import paperwork mostly AND you might also get the German tax back.
Couldn't agree more- saved me a lot of typing! Can't go wrong with a Mk5 Golf GTI, loads to choose from on Autoscout (Where we found ours), avoid the chavved up ones and you'll be fine. I'd also agree about looking in Germany; it might work out cheaper but it's probably advisable to buy from a garage near the border as they are used to all the paperwork and admin stuff. Should be able to claim german VAT (19%) back, but you'll then have to pay Swiss VAT (8%) and possibly import duty too. If you know what you're doing and don't mind buying privately in CH, I doubt you'd save any money. For what it's worth, I service my other car in Germany, and it's about 30% cheaper.
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Couldn't agree more- saved me a lot of typing! Can't go wrong with a Mk5 Golf GTI, loads to choose from on Autoscout (Where we found ours), avoid the chavved up ones and you'll be fine. I'd also agree about looking in Germany; it might work out cheaper but it's probably advisable to buy from a garage near the border as they are used to all the paperwork and admin stuff. Should be able to claim german VAT (19%) back, but you'll then have to pay Swiss VAT (8%) and possibly import duty too. If you know what you're doing and don't mind buying privately in CH, I doubt you'd save any money. For what it's worth, I service my other car in Germany, and it's about 30% cheaper.
I recommend you stay away from the 'low-end' GTI versions since so many of them are bought and carved up with various 'performance' features. A lot of them have been in accidents (check with the insurance company).

Disasters waiting to happen.

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Re: Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

Unless you are absolutely set on the Golf GTI, consider also cross-shopping a Ford Focus ST. Arguably a much better suspension design, better steering feel and a wild 5-cylinder turbo warble that brings back good memories of the original Audi Quattro. On the downside, the brightly-coloured ones look cheap and a bit too "boy racer".
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Re: Thinking of buying a Golf GTI MkV /VI

I actually love the focus st, the engine is especially potent and with a remap can be easily bumped to 270hp, plus it pulls from low revs like crazy. But the downside is that the engine is 2.5l, compared to 2.0l on the golf, which might result in higher insurance and tax, plus higher fuel consumption.
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