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2002 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

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Volkswagen GTI Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 6-speed Manual
  • Horse Power 180 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 20/28 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 2002 Volkswagen GTI

  • Need a sport coupe for the real world? This is it.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Fun to drive, reasonable price, lots of standard goodies, hatchback design offers excellent cargo utility, available six-speed manual.

  • Cons

    Some controls hard to decipher, handling could be crisper, dated styling.

  • What's New for 2002

    For the 2002 model year, the GLS and GLX trim levels are dropped. Instead, choose from the juiced-up 180-horsepower turbocharged inline four (that can be mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic) or the VR6 engine. The current 174-horsepower, 12-valve VR6 will be replaced with a 24-valve unit good for producing 200 horsepower in the spring of 2002. Later on, a special-edition model called the GTI 337 will arrive with a six-speed manual hooked up to the 180-horse 1.8T, as well as 18-inch wheels, 225/45VR18 performance rubber, a ground effects kit, genuine Recaro seats and red accents inside and out. All-new Volkswagen vehicles come standard with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen offers a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Love the 337

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Bought a slightly used 337 while I was looking for a 20th Anniv. model and have never regretted it. It replaced (directly) an '89 GTi 16V and I have to say the build quality of the newer car FAR exceeds the old. The North American 337s were built in Brazil, so they do not suffer many of the Mexican GTi problems (windows do not fall out, etc.). Handles incredibly well even in stock configuration. The Audi-sourced brakes and 6-speed make excellent additions.




Best vw so far

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Have had since new, fun to drive, handles great around corners good power at high rpms and good gas mileage. Sixth VW owned this is the best car so far. The GTi has had some things break but nothing major. Will be on my third set of tires. Still has the new car appeal after 7 yrs and has an excellent resale value. Some of things that need improvement are the cup holders location and peeling from the audio unit. Seats are still firm but fading. Over all the car is great and would recommend this vehicle. Will pass this vehicle to my son and purchase a new model.




Good car

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

I bought this car 3 years ago. Aside from normal oil changes and maintenance, this is the best car I have ever owned and would definitely buy another one.




Great car!

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Great all around sport compact. factory upgrades like none other, BBS rims, TT brakes, 6 spd, recaros, lowered sports suspension, ect... I love the car I hate the company VWOA and thier coilpack issues, unhelper customer service and bad dealerships have killed my VW experience next time I'll by an Audi and get the real service.




Great machine!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

Awesome Autombile! I would recommend it to anybody if one is available to purchase!




Perfect car

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Vehicle: 2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)

The balance of performance, quality, and practicality is unlike any other car out there. Go see one for yourself and you'll quickly see what I mean. Truly god's chariot!



Full 2002 Volkswagen GTI Review

What's New for 2002

For the 2002 model year, the GLS and GLX trim levels are dropped. Instead, choose from the juiced-up 180-horsepower turbocharged inline four (that can be mated to a five-speed manual or a five-speed automatic transmission with Tiptronic) or the VR6 engine. The current 174-horsepower, 12-valve VR6 will be replaced with a 24-valve unit good for producing 200 horsepower in the spring of 2002. Later on, a special-edition model called the GTI 337 will arrive with a six-speed manual hooked up to the 180-horse 1.8T, as well as 18-inch wheels, 225/45VR18 performance rubber, a ground effects kit, genuine Recaro seats and red accents inside and out. All-new Volkswagen vehicles come standard with an improved four-year/50,000-mile bumper-to-bumper warranty, up from two years/24,000 miles. In addition, Volkswagen offers a fully transferable limited powertrain warranty that covers five years or 60,000 miles.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 20
  • cty
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  • 28
  • highway
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