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2003 Volkswagen GTI

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Best Sports Car I Have Owned!
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By David Hidalgo
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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Awesome car! As a car enthusiast but also a college student, my funds are not the highest. I use my GTI every single day. Either for my 60 mile commute to school and back. As well as for work. HAS NOT left me stranded once. MAKE SURE you change the timing belt, tensioner, water pump every 60,000 miles and your GTI will last extremely long. I meticulously take care of her and she has treated me extremely well. Even with my modifications with some spirited runs here and there. I have installed a 3 in downpipe, performance muffler, cold air intake, diverter valve, coilovers, reflashed the ECU with a stage 1 tune making the turbo push 23 psi. Making around 220hp/240tq now. Yet, she is still running good and hard. Extremely cheap to modify, reliable, great on gas, great looks, and luxurious compared to the competition. What else can you ask for! At 116,000 miles so far, everything has held up very well. I bought her at 112,000, just 4 months ago. Only complain I have is slight rattles and squeeks from the plastics by the ash tray, under the climate control. But it was expected from a 13 year old car with 116,000 miles. The best part is these cars are VERY AFFORDABLE! keep on dubbin people :)


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By Feuler
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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2003 vw gti 1.8t manual
5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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By gti4
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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i have this car since 05 and
now has 175k never had any issues if u take good care will take good care of you. this is very good quality vehicle best one so far i owned and i had few BMW's Mercedes but nothing compares to this baby.parts are same price as for any other vehicle if not cheaper now if u do some basic stuff your self will save you money.


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gas mileage :)


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What a blast
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By albatem
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Very fun car to own! Great interior and exterior design with all the 20th ae bits. Seats are comfy, but can get hard on long trips, the turbo is fun, but does lag at times. Has some aftermarket goodies (chip, turbo-back exhaust, bov) which help it a bit. The jazzy blue is great and real head Turner. Got many compliments. Reliable car, but had an issue with 2nd gear, but may have been related to driving style. Mpg was okay 20 in city and 26 or so on hwy. Overall fun car less the transmission issue.


Best Features

interior/exterior styling, turbo, 20thAE parts


Worst Features

seat comfort, mpg


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Dream Car is a Nightmare
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By Corey
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)


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Worst car ever! Owned for 5 years, bought new, baby this car. Replaced 4 batteries, 2 alternators, 3 shocks, and last week had to rebuild the engine. $24,000 cost of car, $8,000 in unusual repairs in 5 years. VW will not honor warranty on same 1.8 liter engine used in the Passat that is known for having oil sludge problem and been recalled. Engine light came on and within 2 minutes the engine locked due to oil sludge,result was a destroyed engine. $3700 to fix, VW wanted $5000. I am filing case in small claims court. I loved this car but it has been the worst car I have ever owned, the second to worst was my 1984 VW GTI. STAY AWAY FROM VW! My car has been towed six times, thank God for AAA.


Best Features

Fun to drive, when it runs. Stereo is great, great visibility, handling is great, good in rain, fair in snow. Paint still looks new. Breaks are great. good low end torque for great acceleration at higher speeds. Very little road noise. Back seats drop and trunk is like a small pick up.


Worst Features

Sunroof drain clogs often and floods car. Cup holder in worst place ever. Oil sludge killed the engine, yellow wax sludge drips from inside of rubber door sealer on hot days, done it 5 years (where does it keep coming from?!) Heated seats have 5 levels but it is either off or on full blast


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