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2003 VW Golf GL 2.0L
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By Golf owner
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I bought a 2003 vw golf GL 2.0L with only 35,000 miles on it. I love this car. Its not a sports car by all means, but even with just the 2.0L it goes like a bat outta hell. I was iffy on buying another VW because my sister has a 02' jetta 1.8t and to my knowledge of people whom have owned that engine. They hate it, always in & out the shop (mostly transmission problems and just everything goes wrong in it). Hints why I bought a 2.0L. LOVE IT There's always been VW in my family, dad had an old beetle, and a square back.


Best Features

I love the Lights inside the car. The seats are really comfortable for me. Love love the candy white paint.


Worst Features

I would suggest more power. But it does need a bigger gas tank. Only has a 12.5gallon tank. Saves you money at the pump but would be nicer with a 16gallon for more mileage.


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Best Car I've Owned
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By VeeDubber
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I love this car. In the past I owned a '95 Honda Accord and a '98 Jeep Cherokee. The Golf has been a lot more reliable than either of those. It has plenty of horsepower for me. I drive 64 miles round trip to and from work and it gets great gas mileage. I'll definitely go with another VW when it comes time to get a new car.


Best Features

I love the styling of the car. The seats are really comfortable on long trips. Has plenty of luggage space for a small car. Very surprised how much actually fit in the hatch on my first trip with it.


Worst Features

Gas mileage is good, but needs a larger fuel tank. Radio reception isn't all that great.


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Great City Car
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By charles huff
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I traded in my 1993 5-speed Golf for a used 2003 VW Golf 2-door hatchback, auto, 2.0L,silver, and WOW what a car. Its handling is great. It is very comfortable to drive. It makes city driving less of a stop and go nuisance as it is with a stick. The smooth transmission just glides all over the city. Its handling on the freeway is like flying an airplane. This car is easy to drive and park.


Best Features

I like how it has lots of room, a nice interior, is easy to park, and has ZIP around the city.


Worst Features

VW must keep the interior cabin noise to a minimum. On a hard rough road / street with pot holes, be careful.


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One word: Boring.
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By Bahumut
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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I've read all the reviews for the 2003 VW Golf GL on this site, and I can't tell if everyone is over the age of 60 or just emotionally tired, but this car puts me to sleep at the wheel, and often! The 120 HP engine is fast enough for me, thus the GL works, but if I had test driven the car longer, I would have realized the the suspension is really, really tame. The car wallows in turns, the back end (even with the short wheelbase)trembles mid corner, and the nose dives under the most gentle of braking. If I could choose a VW again, it'd cope with the reliability problems of the turbocharger and buy the GTi. Other than the performance issues, the standard kit is surprisingly nice for the price.


Best Features

Standard kit (radio features, seats, cargo space)


Worst Features

Stiffer suspension. Not all Americans are unable to drive at any speed. The spring ratios are way to dumbed down in this car. My 86 Nissan / Datsun sentra wagon had more feel on the road...


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5speed manual a must!
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By Steve Theisen
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


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Wow i got an '03 2.0L first day i was liting up the tires, whoah!, what a fun car. The 5 speed gave the car so much more spunk compared to the automatic. (I took both for test drives unless you get the tiptronic auto the car is lame!) The handling is just excellent but than again what else would you expect from the best of the best German autos (VW, AUDI, BMW) you always have excellent handling and no lack of power. Also remember 5k miles for oil is way too much. Trust people that have 270k+ miles on there car.


Best Features

5speed, handling, all the standard features.


Worst Features

Make it easier to change oil because to properly change the oil you have to remove this splash guard underneat the vehicle.


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