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The first 5K in a '02 GTI
By Solidis on
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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Review
GTI has proven a competent commuter. The 1.8T provides decent acceleration. At highway speeds the 1.8T easily moves thru traffic, providing a very smooth, comfortable ride(for a 2-door). Handling is capable, but not inspiring. Push the limits and the body roll is obvious. The 5-spd started life buttery smooth. It has since become notchy and 3rd requires your full attention. The interior is a mix of quality plastics and rubber. Unfortunately the build quality is sub par. I have begun to notice a large number of annoying rattles/creaks. Excellent passenger/cargo room.
Favorite Features
Simple,clean styling; German- engineering; fuel economy; comfortability; utlility; aftermarket potential.
Suggested Improvements
Poor Brazilian manufacturing, they need to put it all together MUCH better. Odd roof mounted radio antennas; useless cupholders.
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