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What to look for when purchasing a GTI-R?

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#1 [~GTiRy0~]


Posted 17 October 2005 - 06:59 PM

Hi everyone!

Im in the process of looking for a GTiR. What should I be looking for?
Should I just pay a reputable mechanic or centre that run checkups and carry out engine compression test?!?.

Any feedback would be much appreciated !

#2 clegga



  • Location: Perth
  • Purchased: 2005-2008

Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:19 PM

Check the FOR SALE section here. Most members are quite dedicated about servicing their cars properly.

#3 [~GTiRy0~]


Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:26 PM

Would an NRMA inspection alone be good enough to decide on a purchase? Im in the process of looking at a particular one.

#4 Allan


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  • Name: Allan
  • Location: back in WA
  • Purchased: 2002

Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:36 PM

I wouldn't trust the NRMA inspection mate, if you want the inspection to end all inspections check the phone book for a group called SVC 'Sydney Vehicle Check'

Car yards absolutely hate these guys - they can find literally everything wrong with a car.

#5 cardsy


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  • Location: Wollongong N.S.W
  • Purchased: 2003

Posted 17 October 2005 - 07:42 PM

or like aaron said look threw our cars for sale they are well maintained and probably better then ANYTHING u'll find on the street

#6 madcabbie


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  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Purchased: 2004

Posted 17 October 2005 - 08:34 PM

I agree with the other guys here. Most of the cars you find here, if they have a problem, get it fixed, and fixed pretty quickly. Anything broken is most often not just replaced, but upgraded, to be better than stock.

With any secondhand car you take a risk, but you will norrow that risk by atleast checking some out here first.

Good luck with your purchase mate

#7 pschurr



  • Name: Peter
  • Location: Melbourne
  • Purchased: 2003

Posted 17 October 2005 - 10:31 PM

Well, the obvious stuff first...

Big stuff...
Compression test. Anything around the 140psi plus mark across all 4 is good.
Does it build boost ok, and hold boost into the hi rpm range... condition of turbo.
Does it change gears ok, and no noises coming from particular gears.

Second big stuff... (stuff you're going to replace anyway)
Brakes, thickness/condition of rotors.
Clutch, smoothness of pickup, age.
Starter motor, does it start quick or takes a few cranks.
Exhaust, is it new or upgraded? cause you want it to be.
State of suspension.. do you want to pay 2k for new stuff?

Little stuff....
Airfilter condition
plugs/leads condition
wheel bearings,
Brake pads - another $120

There's lots more, and it adds up. If the one you are looking at is already here and already owned in Aus, you'd want almost all those things already sorted. But if you're buying a fresh import, most of those thing will need doing by you.


#8 clegga



  • Location: Perth
  • Purchased: 2005-2008

Posted 18 October 2005 - 01:03 AM

surely any remotely competent mechanic assessing a vehicle would do a compression test. If they dont ....... run!

#9 Datto Sunny

Datto Sunny


  • Location: Sydney
  • Purchased: 2003

Posted 18 October 2005 - 11:49 AM

As mentioned by the guys on here already tis is the best place to buy a GTI-R as the majority have been well looked after.

Also if you have a look at the galleries you can see what has been done to the cars etc. for example Mine and many others have posted pics and written alot about rebuilds etc. If you can pick one of these up then you laughing as you have more info about the cars than any service check can do.

Also take your own compression tester. If thats what you want to know and do the test yourself. Its not that hard and the tester costs roughly $40 from SuperCheap.

Its your hard earned cash as you mentioned.

#10 Allan


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  • Name: Allan
  • Location: back in WA
  • Purchased: 2002

Posted 20 October 2005 - 09:56 PM

you do realise SVC are a lot more expensive than the NRMA check don't you ?

You definitely get what you pay for though, just a heads up :)

ps. it costs nothing to ask the car yard if they would have any problems with SVC doing an inspection, one caryard i went to jumped up and down and said no..

i walked out - they obviously had something to hide.

#11 [~veg~]


Posted 08 April 2006 - 01:37 PM

hey im seriously think about gettin a gtir soon. is there any factory problems that they have? im talkin anything at all. see i bought an rs liberty and they r riddled with em. haha. cheers.

#12 madcabbie


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  • Location: Gold Coast
  • Purchased: 2004

Posted 08 April 2006 - 05:09 PM

Like most cars. Drive as many as you can. So you get a good judge of a good and bad car.

Try to get one thats already had work done. as this will save money.

Make sure to take notice of the gearbox. This is a weak point of the car. Geearbox and clutch.

But again, drive as many as possible.

#13 godzilr


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  • Name: Kelvin
  • Location: Outback Australia
  • Purchased: 02-08 / 11-13
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Posted 08 April 2006 - 07:48 PM

also, i'd prolly buy off a forum member


#14 Irish


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  • Location: Adelaide SA
  • Purchased: 1997

Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:01 PM

Buy according to condition, not to Km's. Performance parts are reasonably easy to get and are not overly expensive so it may be safer to buy a stocker over a modified car.

#15 BD581



  • Location: NSW

Posted 08 April 2006 - 08:17 PM

Lots of myths, so ask us anything you want to know.
Unlike most single make forums we aren't biased and will give you an honest answer.

They have there fair share of problems, but all cars do.
Take a few for a drive and its easy to pick out the good from the bad. Unfortunately there are a lot of bad ones out there. But the good ones will blow your mind

Or save yourself some time and buy mine!
(need a bigger car :cry: )

#16 [~c0z~]


Posted 10 April 2006 - 09:11 AM

if the owner doesnt dribble on about the car "in a way that clearly means it was/is his first love" i'd be suss

if it was loved it should be in good nick

#17 pk11nn



  • Location: Newcastle
  • Purchased: 2004-07

Posted 10 April 2006 - 10:24 AM

rust :)
rear wheel arches especially also underbody
but yeah as previously said test drive alot!!!!!
they all feel different
also as Glenn said buy according to condition not kms

#18 clegga



  • Location: Perth
  • Purchased: 2005-2008

Posted 11 April 2006 - 12:04 AM

again on the rust. rear wheel arches where the bumper joins the arch. Mine was bogged up there when i got it, all nice metal now :)

#19 [~~]


Posted 17 April 2006 - 02:03 PM

so just the rust and the gear box's. are they the only factory problems they have. im talkin any thing at all, eg rs libertys have dodgey lifers, factory coil packs get rooted, 2nd gear synchro goes, etc etc... o, and i will look around this time. the last 3 cars iv bought have been the first ones iv looked at. iv learned my lesson. thanks again.

#20 pk11nn



  • Location: Newcastle
  • Purchased: 2004-07

Posted 17 April 2006 - 02:24 PM

hmm lets see what else i can add
*crappy power windows
*door hinges sagging
*old rubbers (no not that kind :P)
*roof rattle
*clutch pedal support bracket?? does it have one or is the pedal creaking

this list can go on and on with things to check out
best advice would usually be to buy off a forum member where most of these problems are already fixed

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