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Not quite as bulletproof as promised
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By dusty_d
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

he Brazilian Golf seems a little more fragile than it's German bretheren. Sure the plastics are still top notch, the interior well designed and the shut line laser tight but there are hust a few too many problems. Windshield wipers that snapped in the first half mile, a dashboard that worked loose by 2000 miles, a passenger airbag that failed and had to be replaced at 5,000 and some very fragile wheel hubs and you see why my confidence has been a little shaken.


Best Features

Blue lighting at night... eats up highway miles with ease... stereo better than it has a right to be


Worst Features

Build quality closer to German assembled cars, dealer servicing at fairer prices


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Great Smalll Car
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By AtlantaAl
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GLS 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

Compared to all other small cars, the Golf wins as the best quality and best value. No car at $16K to $19K is perfect, but the Golf is the closest. At 3000 lbs., with 8 airbags, standard 4-wheel anti-lock disks, and available ESP, it is the safest. It is also fun to drive, with solid handling and a remarkably compliant ride for small a car. High resale value makes VWs the only econoboxes that are worth leasing.


Best Features

Fun to drive, safety features, easy- shifting 5-speed, ride, handling, noise isolation, clever us of interior space.


Worst Features

Little more power in the 2.0L engine, better cup holders, an inch or two more in the back seat. (Much of the competition is better in rear seat room.)


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Value and Enjoyment
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By Bartleby
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2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

I test drove the Matrix, Protege and Protege5 and never really considered VW as a possibility. I was always more of the Japanese type. However, the second I pulled that thing out of the lot my world changed. It's got quite the pick up for 115hp and 120 torque. But I have to agree that the cupholders do block the stereo controls, but I do like how they are tucked away.


Best Features

Smooth transmission, great brakes, amazing standard saftey features.


Worst Features

Shorter throw on gearbox, firmer clutch, cupholders that might not interfere with stereo controls.


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Surprised and delighted
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By Rodzilla
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Vehicle

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


Review

OK...tested the Protege5, Focus ZX3, Focus SVT and PT Cruiser. Never considered purchasing a VW and was prepared to buy the Protege5 until a co- worker insisted I test drive the Golf. The test drive changed my mind! This car feels much more substantial than the other cars in its class. Handling, brakes, and comfort are very good. The list of standard safety features is awesome! A very good value IMHO.


Best Features

Fun-to-drive, handling, front seats, brakes, safety equipment, Monsoon Sound System.


Worst Features

More horsepower, cupholders block access to stereo controls.


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VW Golf
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By Hanan Sibirsky
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Vehicle

2003 Volkswagen Golf Hatchback GL 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl 5M)


Review

This is my 4th VW and third Golf. They have always given goood service.


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