Originally Posted by Freds GTV 2001
Yeah Markos thats exactly how I feel in my car feels like the steering wheel needs more weighting.
I remember picking my car up after buying it and driving back to London from Andover, I had to concentrate a lot on that journey due to the lighter steering and was sweating by the end of it!
I'd been driving a VW Corrado VR6 before, and a quick bit of googling has the Corrado steering at 3.1 turns lock-to-lock, and the GTV a faster 2.1 turns lock-to-lock figure. That difference plus the huge difference in weight meant that any slight arm/hand movement in the GTV actually moved the steering wheel and therefore the car whereas in the VW small movements just didn't register. Passengers would comment just how stable the VW felt at high speeds.
I didn't think anything was faulty with the GTVs steering or suspension, I just assumed it was the nature of the car, and it depends what car you've come from as to how the GTV compares; I didn't expect an Italian car to feel more 'solid' at speed than a German.
Anyways, over the 4.5 years I've had the car I've become used to the feel at speed now. Over that time tyres have been changed, wheels have been tracked, wishbones changed, all as routine maintenance and I'm sure the feel is the same as before. It took me a while to be confident taking the car into 3-figure territory (in Germany, naturally), but it all feels normal now. Purists will say you can feel more with the GTVs light, quick steering, but I prefer a weightier feel, a bit more resistance. But like I said, you will get used to it, just like the brakes that need a heavy stamp, the mpg, the window alignment, changing gear a bit later than you need to to hear the exhaust, looking back at the car after you've parked it, taking up two spaces in car parks etc etc