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Almost there
By clarkma5 on
Vehicle
2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Review
When I first got this car, it was a bit of a love-hate relationship. On one hand, I loved the engine and the interior, but I hated the transmission and the handling. Now that I've had this car for awhile I realize that the transmission does a decent job, and, despite the body roll, this thing sticks in corners quite well. The interior's just as good as day one, too, and the engine's still smooth and powerful. There were a couple squeaks and rattles in the first few months that have since disappeared. I got past the window reg and coilpack recalls without a hitch...overall, my thoughts on VW's reliability and dealer service is higher than most people's.
Favorite Features
Torquey turbo, excellent steering feel, fantastic interior, top-notch stereo, holds all the stuff you'll every want it to (stuff and 4 adults!), strong brakes
Suggested Improvements
Less body roll, tiptronic gets confused a bit too easily, more back seat legroom
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