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Love It
By md_medic on 01/05/14 04:55 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I have wanted an MKIV since they came out. I bought a 2000 in 2012 and was in a total collision 3 weeks later. The other girl went to the hospital I walked away without a scratch. As a former mechanic and mobile electronic technician I can tell you the build quality on this car is amazing. It is extremely safe. The only drawback to the car can be the cost of parts. This is one place where is does not pay to cut corners. There are a huge number of aftermarket companies out there that make replacement parts but when they charge $35 for a part that VW charges $350 there is a reason. With this car you basically get an AUDI in a VW wrapper. Most of the parts are interchangeable.
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GTI oh my! what an experience.
By kudin on 12/18/12 21:24 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Honestly I can say owning the VW GTI VR6 was nothing short of a nightmare. I had purchased the top of the line 2001 in 2011 GLX with less then 140,000 kilometers and was the third owner. Over the span of one year it coast me half its value in repairs for parts that are literally prone to failure. Volkswagen knows this but makes no attempt to fix it, simply Google coil-pack failures for the mk4. As a car it is fun to drive its fun. However its heavy slow and antiquated. The whole VR6 thing is overrated till you hit the highway and the bulk of my driving was city so its a pig on gas, changing the oil is at least a 100 dollar job if you do it right and go full synthetic.
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Great Car - My 2nd GTi
By Dante on 09/23/10 00:00 AM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I owned an '84 GTi (the original) for 12 years, then a Jetta GLi for 8 more years. After a quick stint with another vehicle, I went back to VW. I bought this car used, with 60k miles already on it. I am now very close to 100k and I absolutely love this car. Only problems I have had is: replacing the water pump (normal) and a bad coil pack (normal?). I maintain it religiously, running only synthetic oil. I honestly never have to open the hood between changes - it uses absolutely no oil, and the old oil is only moderately dirty after 5k miles. One odd issue - I have to top off the power steering fluid every 5k-6k miles and I see none of it leaking out(?)
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Fun to Drive But........
By Emil on 02/05/09 15:09 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

Very fun to drive. Wish they upped the HP in 2001 instead of 2002, but 175 is still pretty peppy. I regularly get 30pmg at highway speeds.
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Big VR6 fan. would buy another any day
By Bruno on 01/26/09 22:16 PM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I had a 2001 GTI vr6 and man do i miss it.. the only reason why i sold it its because financially i was having problems at that time... But as of right now I'm looking to Buy another one... Throw a nice short ram or cold air intake, a nice greddy exhaust and your driving a beast, sounds and drives like a champ... not to mention if you throw in a turbo in it.. forget it awesome car.
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gti in audi clothing
By andy's review on 06/05/08 14:50 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

So far so good! This car took me a while to get used to because I'm so used to driving second generation gti's, but I really like it now. Not as much fun as the 1st and second generation gti's but but smoother and better all around. Very roomy and handling is up to par. The vr6 is such a nice engine. You move a lot faster then it feels. Definitely a much more solid feeling car. Fuel is pretty good if you baby the car. Easy to drive slow and exciting to drive fast! In my opinion it has an Audi feel to it and the cabin is pretty quiet. This glx model is loaded and I love and use every option. I'm very happy with my purchase!
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170,000 Miles and Still Going Strong
By Cat on 11/30/06 02:09 AM (PST)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

This is my first VW and I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one. I haven't had any problems with this car other than having to pop the CD changer in and out a couple times before it will work, and the wipers sometimes are fickle if the temp drops below 40F. I also had to get used to the controls. It's speedy and fun to drive, and my 6'3" roommate fits in it comfortably as well as two sets of hockey gear. With other cars I've noticed lag in power if the car is loaded up, but not this one. It costs a little more to maintain that the average American car, but if it goes another 100,000 miles I won't complain. It does have some quirky design flaws that I don't like, but have been fixed in more recent models.
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Great Car
By derekdewaal on 09/24/06 23:54 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

For the money, this car is tough to beat. It is economical, mostly reliable, and fun to drive. This is the best car that I have owned. It is probably the best 2-door car availaible short of the BMW 3-Series. The cupholders stink, but this is outweighed by its utility, especaillay with the rear seats folded down. I wish I could keep it forever, but I know that as a 2-Door, it is somewhat inpractical. My dealer has been fabulous in maintaining my car and has added to the overall experience. With 53,000 miles, it still runs like new, with minimal maintenance, other than scheduled. If you are looking for a used GTI, look out for boy racers who beat on them, this is, unfortunately, common.
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Five Years Old, Over 100,000 Miles Review
By Saint Clair on 08/04/06 17:07 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I bought this car in '06 it now has 103,000 miles and is in immaculate condition. Everything works perfectly as if I just drove it off the show room floor. There are only a few minor issues: the right side suspension squeaks, the Texas heat melted the glue on the door liner, the interior squeaks more than I would like, and the center console latch broke. That's it. This GTI has more options on it than any Mercedes / BMW / Lexus of its time. The interior is straight luxury car and as far as its performance goes, well I have yet to get a tricked out Honda to challenge me! They see the VR6 badge and back off. This is my 3rd VW. I've owned two Jettas and decided to have a little fun with this purchase. I will never buy anything other than vehicles from the VW auto group.
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Enjoyed my first GTI
By Timdaog on 06/17/06 19:04 PM (PDT)

Vehicle

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

Review

I purchased this car used with 28,000 miles on it. The car was very fun to drive as it had a lot of pep and handled like a European car should. The only issues I had were the shifting, which I found to be notchy and not smooth, the location of the cupholders and the lack of power seats. Overall though, this is a sharp looking ride that I very much enjoyed driving. The result was my leasing a 2006 GTI which I absolutely love...GO VW!
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