2001 Volkswagen GTI 1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic Consumer Review - Fun to drive. A lot

2001 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)

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GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 4-speed Automatic)

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Fun to drive. A lot of $$$$ to repair
By cjluvdub on


2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 4A)


When I drove this car off the lot it was 9 years old good condition low miles. But within a few months the problems started, needed a new fuel pump trans. started slipping shifting hard intermittently car would die once shut off and required discon & recon of battery at least once a month. Window regulator broken, drivers window switch broken, seat belt & drivers door sensor don't work(purchased it like this) & now with 110k the cat. convert is failing along with the o2 sensors(not cheap parts!) & the current problem is the braking when I first drive in the morning the brake pedal & brakes feel like they're pulsating and then it goes away for the rest of the day might be time to trade...

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Gas mileage! (before the cat went bad) Turbo! Handling! Acceleration I still love Volkswagens and this will not deter me from purchasing another!

Suggested Improvements

Everything that I listed above as problems! Would LOVE improvements!
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By cjluvdub
on 06/06/13 03:42 AM (PDT)

Update...the automatic transmission failed in December 2012...had it rebuilt and failed again in less than 2 months...I just need it to last me until I pay it off...I love the car just not the problems...such a shame since it has such a great engine...the automatic transmissions are horrible for this year...

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