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By kevbelz on
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
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Absolutely the BEST bang for your buck. I bargained the price down to 21000 (maybe could of done better?) based on the fact that the 2002's would have 180HP stock. Well for a little more than $500 I added a Garrett chip and a K&N filter, and the car's horsepower jumped to 195 from 150. There are some reliability issues that seem to come up for MANY owners. (coilpacks need replacing, window regulators, and brakes and clutch seem to wear out too quickly) but luckily I haven't seen any of this. Just treat her good, and she'll take care of you.
Favorite Features
Turbo, and the ability to change the ECU's programming and add 40+ horsepower in a flash.
Suggested Improvements
Better stock rotors and pads. More horsepower, and ground effects and spoilers. (or you can buy the 25th anniversary model, or wait for the R32)
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