Ive just purchased a Mk2 172 (Feb 2002) after a couple of extremely satisfying years in my 106 GTI. I adored the 106 especially the handling, it never let me down, I just felt the car was quite literally stuck to the road. The running costs were also excellent, £400 a year insurance, £100 a year servicing, cheap tyres (size) good fuel economy etc.
But I just needed something more refined, newer and reasonably cheap to maintain, thats why I went for the 172, found a guy needing to sell it quickly - £9k for 9 month old 5k miles Mk2 edition.
but to my astonishment it appears and I really hope its just mine, the handling is terrible compared to my 106, it just doesnt hold the road under any real duress. I took it out for a long drive yesterday to test it out, it just understeers terribly, as soon as I hit the gas it just pulls to the left when going round a tight ish roundabout, one I could take at 40-45 in my 106. I have absolutely no confidence the 172 will stay on the road something that never crossed my mind in the 106.
Do any of you more knowledgeable guys on 172s know what could be wrong with the car, all help would be greatly appreciated?