Junkyard Find: 2001 Volkswagen GTI VR6

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, RH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1699286″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg” alt=”2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, LH front view – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/00-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>Because high-performance German cars require exactly the sort of regular maintenance and attention that most American car owners aren’t so good at doing, I find plenty of nice-looking factory-hot-rod Audis and VWs and Mercedes-Benzes during my junkyard travels. Most of those cars get scrapped because something expensive broke and the third or seventh owner wouldn’t or couldn’t spring for the repair.

Today’s Junkyard Find is different, though — here’s a GTI GLX that was running well enough to drive to the crash, found in a Denver-area self-service yard.

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, front seats – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

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<img data-attachment-id="1699314" data-permalink="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/2019/12/junkyard-find-2001-volkswagen-gti-vr6/10-2001-volkswagen-gti-in-colorado-junkyard-photo-by-murilee-martin-2/" data-orig-file="https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1.jpg" data-orig-size="3000,1688" data-comments-opened="1" data-image-meta="{"aperture":"0","credit":"","camera":"","caption":"","created_timestamp":"0","copyright":"","focal_length":"0","iso":"0","shutter_speed":"0","title":"","orientation":"0"}" data-image-title="2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, engine" data-image-description="

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, engine – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

” data-medium-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-450×253.jpg” data-large-file=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-610×343.jpg” class=”aligncenter size-large wp-image-1699314″ src=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-610×343.jpg” alt=”2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, engine – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars” width=”610″ height=”343″ srcset=”https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-610×343.jpg 610w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-75×42.jpg 75w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-450×253.jpg 450w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-768×432.jpg 768w, https://www.thetruthaboutcars.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/12/10-2001-Volkswagen-GTI-in-Colorado-junkyard-photo-by-Murilee-Martin-1-120×68.jpg 120w” sizes=”(max-width: 610px) 100vw, 610px”>North Americans could choose from two flavors of GTI in the 2001 model year: the GLS (with a 1.8-liter turbocharged four-banger rated at 150 horsepower) and the GLX (with a naturally-aspirated 2.8-liter VR6 making 174 horsepower). The original buyer of this car knew that there’s no replacement for displacement and got the GLX.

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, manual gearshift - ©2019 Murilee Martin - The Truth About CarsThe last time I wrote about a discarded Mk4 GTI, it had the 1.8T and the optional automatic transmission. This car has a proper GTI transmission and three pedals.

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, Little Tree air freshener – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, GTI badge – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 in Denver junkyard, VR6 badge – ©2019 Murilee Martin – The Truth About Cars

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