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1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Reviews

1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

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Great little car
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By guymeister
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Vehicle

1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


Review

I bought mine new back in 1998, expecting to keep it a few years.
Almost 14 years later it's still going strong and I still like it.
The good things about it are that it's fast, quick, and nimble.
The seats are form fitting and keep you from moving around.
Repairs have been rare, but fairly expensive when they came.
The strangest one was the replacement of the thermostat, which 1 garage couldn't even find, and that the dealer replaced for $450.
In general, though, it's been very reliable.
The only down side to it is that you feel every bump in the road.
That gets annoying after a while.


Best Features

Acceleration, handling.


Worst Features

Better instrument cluster, especially lighting. It's very dim at night.


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vr6
Performance
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By vw4life2010
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1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


Review

i love my 98 gti vr6 only thing i think it really needs is 2 be lowered and bigger sway bar front and back


Best Features

the power and the way it takes corners


Worst Features

just lower it


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Love the VR6!
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By Downsy
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1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


Review

The VR6 makes this car so much fun to
drive. The engine has a large,
wonderful range of torque. It is very
responsive both in the throttle and
handling. The light weight makes it a
joy to whip around. The fuel economy
has been fabulous. I get 27-28 MPG
consistently with mostly highway
driving. The biggest complaint I have
is in reliability. I have replaced
the AC, generator (2), clutch spring,
radio antenna, crankshaft position
sensor, and fog lights (3). Also, the
power windows stick from time to time
and it burns oil. When it runs, it is
a lot of fun and I am having a hard
time letting it go.


Best Features

The VR6 engine is the best feature. I also like the interior with the great leather seats. Hauling is a real plus as the back seats fold down and the hatch allows huge cargo room. I even brought home a basketball goal and post in it!


Worst Features

Improve the accessory reliability or reduce the parts cost. The generator failed just out of warranty and was a $450 part. The tiny crankshaft sensor cost me almost $300 and I replaced it myself.


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Reliable - Blast to Drive!
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By PerryG
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1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


Review

I bought this car new and have nothing
but a positive experience to date. The
car has been very reliable. There have
been a few problems which are common to
all GTI's such as the window regulator
failing and the coil pack (which should
be covered under recal). Besides
performance its amazing just how much
you can fit inside the hatch - how many
cars can you fit a 27 inch tv still in
the box?


Best Features

Power, subtle looks. Clean and simple dash layout.


Worst Features

TIRES! The stock goodyear's are horrible. They do last forever though.


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Fun to drive!
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By velodiesel
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1998 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback


Review

I love my '98 GTI VR6! The build
quality is good, but VW needs to
tighten things up. Many rattles and
squeaks developed over time which
became increasingly annoying to me. I
most likely would not buy another VW,
as there are much better values out
there to be had, especially from
Nissan.


Best Features

The VR6 engine is tough to beat for torque and response, and is silky smooth power all the way through the gears.


Worst Features

VW needs to work out the electrical system issues and the miscellaneous squeaks and rattles that have developed over time. Parts were also expensive in my opinion.


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