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Just a thread to find out which other makes/models you drove or compared to the VT before making your decisions
 

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Cooper (and S model), Mazdaspeed 3, Focus Titanium, Veloster NAV, Elantra Touring, Impreza WRX & Mitsibishi Eclipse (bought it for my oldest son)
 

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Nothing really. I test drove an nav just because I wanted a vt and they didn't have any. That way I could still get a since of what the car would be like. Interior and such.
 

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Cruze, Impreza, 86, Mazda3, VT was the first test drive I ever did and I loved it and nothing compared to it for what I wanted.
 

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Cruze, Impreza, 86, Mazda3, VT was the first test drive I ever did and I loved it and nothing compared to it for what I wanted.
My exact list also :haha: none of the others even come close, especially for the price.
 

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Golf GTI, fully featured would set me back high $40's, plus they are everywhere.
Megane RS250, brilliant car but again $50k plus
Toyota 86, felt like driving a go cart, and the sales rep even said "yeah, needs more kick, people are going to put turbos into them"......duh whats the point...
 

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Spot on, Blackjack. I looked around quite a bit and was originally considering one of their i45 wagons (have 2 youngsters) but then my partner saw a black non-turbo Veloster and went 'mmmmmmm - that's sex on wheels'. Saw a heap of bad press on the GTIs - blown gearboxes not covered by warranty, electrical failure etc and yeah, every 2nd car seems to be a Golf GTI on the roads 'round Brisbane. Have a mate who owns an 86 and had a good look inside it - almost no room at all in the back for anything other than an overnight bag but I guess they're designed to be a cheap RWD thriller ... so fair enough. The VT seems to be a a (sort of) all-rounder - lots of gadgets to take the boredom out of trips. I guess though, being a new car, we'll have to see what long-term reliability of the VT is like ... does the turbo eventually hand-grenade ? Do the CV joints flog out like most FWD cars ? How much do they cost ? - things like that. Seems like a good option if you don't want to drop $45-$50k on a Euro though. I'm old enough to remember VW before they became 'cool' hahaha. Don't see many on the roads these days that are over about 5yrs old though unless they're Beetles or Combis which are now considered 'hip icons' .... at least by people who own them :wink:
 

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The VW/Audis aren't known for their reliability. Two of my coworkers are staring at $5K tranny replacements for cars that aren't paid off yet.

Hyundai's warranty tells you what you need to know about their reliability. There isn't a link to the warranty on VW's site. Under quality VW says, "Every VW is built to last". Hyundai says 5yr/60,000 mile bumper to bumper with concierge service and 10yr/100,000 mile drivetrain warranty.

As far as I'm considered the Euro thing is over quality-wise. Until they stand behind their products I have no faith in them anymore. Hyundai is the new gold standard.
 

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You're right, SA - I've heard the horror stories too often (there's forums full of disappointed VW owners). In Australia here, Hyundai offer a 5yr/unlimited Ks warranty ..... that fact alone just about sealed the deal. It's true Hyundais used to be a bit ordinary quality-wise but I suppose to be fair, they were a cheap, mass-production car aimed at a demographic of 'teenagers just getting their licence and owning their first car'. I think you guys had the 'Pony' over there - we had it released as the Excel. It was a cheap little coupe. Strangely, 20 years after their release here, I still see them everywhere (in varying condition) - but they're still driving around, eh ?

I think the VeeDubs are a very nice car - especially their Scirocco Type R .... drool-fest stuff, that one. But the thought of rebuilding the gearbox in a NEW car is enough to terrify anyone, as you said of your co-workers. Not to mention the fact that each one of us here saved a huge amount of money by NOT buying Euro .... makes sense.
 

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Ford Focus Titanium diesel, Opel Astra Sports, Skoda Fabia (ruled out when I realised the Volkswagen twincharge engine is prone to breaking pistons). The Astra was a disappointment. I had a Holden Astra AH Sri and hoped the new Opel Astra would be something similar, but it was too slow and too soft. I manage a fleet where I work and we have some Hyundai I30 diesels which are a dreadful car! Steering vague and way too light, dreadful automatic gearbox, too much turbo lag and dreadfully noisy when under load. When I was looking at possible cars to buy I stumbled across the Veloster in some comparison tests but refused to believe what I read. I had to test drive one but there wasn't one in Canberra. I drove to Moss Vale and drove the new demonstrator with 11km on the clock and not yet registered and bought it! The Veloster delivered the goods.

My previous car was Euro and it was a great drivers car AND it didn't cause me an ounce of trouble during 95,000km since new. But because some Astras are trouble its resale value wasn't great. I used my sports Astra as a benchmark and the Veloster was very close in steering and handling while having more performance.

Of all the popular European cars Volkswagen is the worst and both Opel and Ford are much, much better. For example it takes four hours to change a headlight globe on a current model Golf. The twincharge engine is clever but blows up. I suspect Skoda, Seat and Audi are similarly cursed.
 

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Veloster NAV, Dart ralleye, that thing sucked btw, and the payments were going to be more, plus it had almost 500 miles on a "new" model. my VT had 3 when i got to the dealership, still had the plastic covers on the wheels, the online pictures did it no justice if you ask me :in love:
 

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Looking for a 'go to work' car that was good to drive (already owning and keeping the 'family sedan') I tried out....

Subaru BRZ
Toyota 86
Audi A4
Ford XR5

My wife tried a few others I was never going to let her get before steering her back to the VT.

Features, ride, price etc etc etc......hands down the best of all I drove.
 

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Sold the G35, needed a more pratical car, test drove Audi s4 (b7), BRZ & WRX (brz was a hey... what the hey, were at the dealership might as well try it lol), WRX, amg e55, gen coupe (same as the brz, i was there to test drive the VT :p)
 

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Honda:CR-Z, Fit
Hyundai: Accent hatch, Elantra gt, NAV
Chevy: Sonic T
Ford: Fiesta, Focus ST
Toyota: Corolla, tC, xD
Subaru: Impreza hatch
Dodge: Avenger

I was busy... lol
 
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The only thing I drove was a NAV. That was only to get a feel for the car itself since the dealer here didn't have any VTs. The next car I drive was my VT, still completely wrapped in plastic off the boat. I am the 3rd person to drive it since it got off the boat.
 

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WRX
used Speed3 with 21k
Focus ST
Was only in the market for a 3+ door car.
Then I drove an Auto VT was impressed. Searched for a while to find a m/t one and couldnt get a hold of one till i joined this forum and got refered to that Hyundai Circle and found one instantly and picked it up that day
 

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I didn't test drove any other car but this past weekend I went to Miami Auto Show and I sat on a Honda SI Coupe and mmm thats a really nice car!!! I really felt good on that car!!!!

Please don't eat me for saying that lol
 

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Test drive? Nothing else. I heard of it 2011, saw it January 2012 in Detroit, and I was sold. I saw it again one year later in Detroit and not one of the cars on the Auto Show impressed me enough to change my mind. There's just nothing like it.
 
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