2001 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Great car, needs some improvem
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2001 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

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Great car, needs some improvement
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)

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I went to VW after giving up on GM. The GTI moves quickly and handles beautifully. It's suprisingly roomy for a compact 3-door, with unbelievably cargo carrying capacity. The interior is very comfortable and remarkably upscale for the price. However, there have been some (minor) build quality issues (nothing related in any way to driveability), and VW needs to seriously address these in the future. VWoA also needs to serously improve its customer service, and its dealership network.

Favorite Features

- Very smooth and powerful engine - Fit and finish of interior, and quality of materials - Large # of features for the price

Suggested Improvements

- Improve build quality: Too many minor glitches (e.g. rattles) for the price - Bettery manual tranny, too notchy and rubbery - US models have "softened up" suspension, degrades handling too much - Fuel economy could be a little better
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