The GTI is a fun, zippy, convenient car to run errands or even to take out for a weekend drive. The 6-speed manual transmission gives you full control and the driving experience that automatics just don't. I am sure you will enjoy every minute of it!
Things to know:
- The audio jack is in the glove compartment to switch to it press and hold the "CD" button for a few seconds
- To put the car in reverse press down on the shifter and move to the left and forward
- To open the gas cap press the button on the drivers door behind the storage compartment
- I have a bike rack and ski rack available for this car. If you would like to use ether of them please let me know and I will install it for your trip. If the ski rack is installed I will also leave a set of snow chains in the trunk just in case.
2008 Volkswagen GTILucian's GTI15533
Two things seem to make a Turo rental great: the car and the owner. The car was fun to drive and exactly what I wanted. The owner Lucian was amazing, prioritizing my ease and convenience at every turn (no pun intended), and when the car had some issues with the battery, he came to fix the problem and, as usual, prioritized my ease and convenience above all. I would definitely rent from Lucian again!
If you plan on driving on canyon/mountain type roads you will enjoy this vehicle. Not the best choice for long trips on the freeway. The springs are on the stiff side so you feel all the bumps and there is a fair amount of road noise that leaks into the car. Plus it takes premium fuel.
Picking up and dropping off the vehicle was easy enough and it is in a decent part of Oakland.
Lucian was great. He was readily available by text and was easily able to handle pick up and drop off. Car handled well and functioned fine as I had to drive in a decent rain. I had a good laugh trying to find the gas tank switch. Audio system was not functioning which Lucian indicated was new to him so could be operator error on my part. Thank you Lucian and Thank you Turo.
I did not meet in Lucian in person, but he can open and close the car from distance. So a few texts and calls did it. Nice guy! The car was great, it drives really smooth. I've not often driven a car that is so much fun to drive. Recommend!
Pleasure renting Lucian's GTI. He was easy to communicate with, fast, and responsive. Car was extremely fun to drive. Hassle free, highly recommend renting from Lucian! Overall, I would rate this experience an A+, looking forward to renting from him again!
A fantastic rental, the car was great and Lucian was super accommodating with all the details and even put a ski rack on the car and tire chains as well, perfect for a Tahoe ski vacation! Highly recommend!
Lucian was very responsive and provide me chain for my trip. His car is very pleasant to drive. It is very useful to get and return the car at the airport. I recommend his car if you plan to travel in California.
I rented Lucian's GTI for four days and it was great. The 2.0 TFSI motor has plenty of pep and runs smoothly. Shifting and clutch are easy, and the steering is tight and feels great. The view out is great too, which was nice as we went down the Pacific Coast Highway. The car feels "like new" - there are no clunks or rattles at all.
Car ran great and Lucien was super easy to coordinate with. The only suggestion for him would be to let drivers know how to open the gas flap. I couldn't find it in the user's manual and had to ask the gas station attendant to help me find it. It was definitely not in a place I would usually find it!
Lucian was fantastic. He was flexible with mileage and pick up dates. His car is the perfect size for SF, 2 doors, seats 5, 6 speed manual transmission. Everything worked great. Air conditioning cold, heat hot, auxiliary jack cord to plug in to the solid factory stereo. Whomever had the car before didn't wash it but a quick $3 spray and it looked great.
The front tires were pretty bald but I'm certain he will replace those soon. My lady said it may have been smoked in at one point, but I didn't notice.
Great car. We'll definitely rent from Lucian again and recommend others visiting to use this affordable, but exciting, GTI.
Great car, zippy and fun to drive. Pick up and drop off at Westin Airport Hotel through Relay Ride staff was fast and easy. Just make sure you plan additional time for the drop off, since the shuttle bus can take a while, a good half hour incl. wait time in my case.