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VW Golf GTI (Essential Buyer's Guide Series) [Illustrated] [Paperback]

Richard Copping , Ken Cservenka
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5 Feb 2009 Essential Buyer's Guide Series
While old MkI Golfs have by now largely rusted away, the availability of MkII models at giveaway prices is plentiful...that is until three magic letters - GTI - appear on the car's front grille and hatch. Find a good example of the MKI with the aid of this guide and you are in clover! "The Buyer's Guide" carefully charts all the models that an enthusiast just has to own, from the iconic late model MkI with its pocket rocket 1.8-litre engine and 5-speed box, through to the exclusive, extremely powerful and much sought after limited edition Rallye Golf. With both mileage and particularly condition having a marked affect on potential prices, the authors give sound advice on what is worth restoring and what, however tempting, is likely to cost a new owner an un-recoupable fortune. Weak points, rust traps, and potential mechanical defects are laid out for the reader, with clear Golf-specific guidelines offered on the practicalities of rectifying such problems. The authors also embrace both the customized and mechanically modified examples of the MkI and MkII GTI, with each aspect of Golf ownership meticulously captured on camera.

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  • Paperback: 64 pages
  • Publisher: Veloce Publishing Ltd (5 Feb 2009)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1845841883
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845841881
  • Product Dimensions: 0.7 x 13.8 x 19.2 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 514,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Covering the mk1 and mk2 Golfs, this pocket-sized book is a useful reference for anyone looking to purchase one of these iconic hot hatches. - Track Driver

These pocket softbacks are well worth a tenner if you're thinking of a car purchase. - Octane

History, technical details, advice on buying, maintaining and modifying, it's all here, making it an ideal stocking filler for the GTI enthusiast! - Volkswagen Driver

In the market for a Golf GTI? Well before you go out and buy one, it's well worth investing £9.99 in this Essential Buyer's Guide ... with this book, you should be able to spot a good, sound car and save a few bob in the process. - Retro Cars

Its handy glovebox size and 64 pages make it the ideal accompaniment when searching for the best car you can afford. - Wheelspin

Model variants, common faults, values and how to make an in-depth inspection are all covered in this pocket-sized volume. These clear no-nonense Essential Buyer's Guides are well worth a tenner if you're seriously considering a car. - Classic Cars

... crammed with advice from two experienced owners. - Classic & Sports Car

With its comprehensive survey of the cars in question, this small, pocket-sized book conducts would-be Golf purchasers through the processes of selecting a suitable car including a step-by-step guide to the rust and mechanical checks required to make sure your final choice is sound. - New Zealand Classic Car

Everything is explained in an easy to understand manner so a variety of readers with varying educational levels can understand it. All in all a very good read and very essential for a new owner to buy. - vwgolfmk1.org.uk

Many of us are guilty of buying with our hearts and not our heads I know I am. Looking back, I wish I had studied a Buyer's Guide, as it would have saved me many hours of work and valuable dollars. --Australian Classic Car

About the Author

Well known Volkswagen marque enthusiast, Richard Copping, has written numerous articles about the VW Golf over recent years. He is also the author of the definitive Golf book, VW Golf - Five Generations of Fun, published by Veloce. His expertise extends to all variations on the MkI and MkII Golf theme, including both Campaign and Rallye. A regular Concours d' Elegance judge, Richard is the joint author of two other Buyer's Guides published by Veloce, one concerning the Beetle, the other the VW Bus. Having owned and repaired various models of Volkswagen since 1969, Ken Cservenka is a well known figure around the VW show scene. As well as being an occasional Concours d' Elegance judge, he is renowned for his photography. His articles, photography and answers to technical queries have appeared in several popular magazines. He has also provided photography for several books and has previously co-written two books for the Veloce Buyer's Guide series.

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4.0 out of 5 stars Good information 4 April 2013
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Very good if you want to know what to look for. Was very good to read before viewing as it gave me some extra information and things to look out for. Also good when discussing price!
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5.0 out of 5 stars golf book 16 Feb 2013
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very good has all the little bits of info you need when considering butying 1 of thses cars very impressed
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5.0 out of 5 stars Helpful 9 Aug 2012
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It's a well written book with lots of color photographs to support the text. Being that it is from the UK where cars rust and rot, it has great insights of what can happen to these fun cars over time, and what it takes to repair them. It is fun to read about models that VW USA never imported. If you are seriously in the market for the older models, check out this book and get some estimates from your favorite repair shops before you plunge that $500 (semi-joking) into a poorly taken care of rust bucket! GTIs are nice, groundbreaking cars, keep them alive.
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