2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Excellent design; OK execution
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Excellent design; OK execution
By BradyCLT on

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)

Review

Love the driving dynamics of the car; all aspects of its design related to the driving experience are excellent (powertrain, suspension, brakes, etc). However, after owning a long series of Japanese cars I'm disappointed in the interior build quality. At only 5K miles I have multiple squeaks/rattles in the dash and center console and a rarely used leather seat with a seam coming undone. Really tarnishes the ownership experience of an otherwise excellent car.

Favorite Features

Handling, brakes, acceleration; uncluttered/clean exterior & interior design; fuel ecomony vs. power output; utility

Suggested Improvements

Rear side windows should have flip-out hinges (curtain airbag may prevent this?); dipstick should be some other color than black(?); screw/glue/sew the interior together tighter, PLEASE
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