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1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

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By slimsalmon
on

Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


Review

I've owned this car from 19K miles to 240K. Overall this car is extremely fun to drive and handles exceptionally. The drive train is solid and at 240K miles my car still doesn't show any signs of weakness or burn any oil. I still haven't needed to replace the clutch or do any transmission work either. The dash and controls are built well and aren't cheap and plasticy like many cars that came out during that time. However, there has been a TON of stuff that needs constant attention outside the main drive train which seemed like it was built so cheaply it was designed to fail.


Best Features

Handling, performance, comfort, realiable drive train, interior well built without plastic cheap feel of other cars.


Worst Features

Door locks, brake system, suspension, power windows, electronics, and many other secondary systems on the car are poorly built and need repair or replacement on a regular basis.


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Never get bored to drive a GTI
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By allinthegame
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Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


Review

I've had the car for 4 yrs now. got it
used with 20k on it. always fun to
drive. I like the feel of the car. feel
like driving a real car. Only thing I
dont like is the spares are expensive.
Always dependable, no major problems, I
can take the car anywhere without
thinking about whats going to happen to
the babe...


Best Features

like the feel, prefect power assisted steering to make you feel like driving a sports car. overall after 4 yrs, i am still not tired of driving. feel like getting a kick everytime i take it out...


Worst Features

more power will be nice. nothing much i could say but enjoy it...


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114k and still running strong (sort of!)
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By ercdvn01
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Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


Review

I have had this car for a little over
three years and I have put close to 70K
on it since then. I had to get a new
cat back exhaust around 50K. The only
thing since then was a timing belt,
tune up, and wheel bearings at 112K.
My latest problem and the biggest so
far is that my reverse is totally shot!
I can't complain too much about the car
I have been pretty rough with it over
the past three years and it has held up
pretty good. I just wish it had more
power!!!


Best Features

Handling, german/styling and engineering, fun and compact!


Worst Features

Needs more power. The front cupholders are pathedic. The rubber door moldings are mounted with inferior adhesive. Stock radio should have more power. Doors like to close on you. The door locks and hatch lock like to freeze and jam up. The alarm system is a little unstable.


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Fun Car to Drive
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By VW GTI
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Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


Review

The car is great to drive, the
handling is great. The biggest
complaint I have with the VWs is the
electrical. This is my third VW and
everyone of them has had electrical
problems, nothing that's to
troulesome, just annoying. The rear
wiper is flimsy, the side molding came
off, again just annoying. Also, like
other VWs with abs brakes mine has
malfunctioned. Would I recommend the
vehicle, easily 'yes'.


Best Features

Handling


Worst Features

VW has to work on the known problems and fix them, such as ABS brakes, and electrical.


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5 Years of Fun
Performance
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By TAN1848
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Vehicle

1997 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback


Review

5 Years of fun so far. Nothing to
report bad but the body has begun to
start making creaking sounds. Thier is
55,000 on the OD and it is time for the
timing Belt replacement, Tires and
Hoses.
I have heard that power steering may
become problem in future?


Best Features

Fun to Drive


Worst Features

More Horsepower and a better exhuast sytem. The build quality needs some improvement and a better 5-speed shift linkage. The Standard one is bulky at best.


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