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


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Far too many trips to the shop -- always something! Bought it because of a really good deal, I thought. Thought it would be economic to drive in town. Big mistake. Plus I get better mileage on the road in my Sedan Deville


Best Features

Fast when it's running. Nice handling.


Worst Features

Style is dated, anything is better looking. Better interior style and construction. I thought these things were supposed to be reliable.


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You Will Love It
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By PC2003
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2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 20th Anniversary Edition 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Great car stock or with some mods. Have owned my 20th in Imola Yellow for well over a year now and am happy to say that it is my favorite car to drive. The steering is great the brakes are amazing. I have modded a little, full exhaust, konig wheels, Apr Cold air intake and ECU along with a greddy blowoff valve and stage 3 Clutch and flywheel. My favorite part is that in other cars that I have owned I have had to replace the block to run high boost not so here. Also, the 20th has the recaro seats, which I love and just feels lighter than my camaro and Audi S4, so if it comes to a great driving car with out any abnormal issues and can be used daily, this is the car for you... You will love it


Best Features

Handling, light weight design, Customizable, Seats, Brakes and Fun of driving a car that turns everyone's head. Definitely recommend an apr ecu... huge benefits in the driving experience for around 500


Worst Features

More volkswagen specific modifications for body styling and design options. Also, integrating an oil cooler or better intercooler placement would be nice to help with turbo lag at low rpm's.


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


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VW did well with the 20th AE GTI by raiding the Audi parts bin. It uses TT brakes, trans, and 1.8t engine. Simply the GTI that should have been produced in the first place. I dig the car tremendously, and has been every bit as entertaining as more expensive German sports cars that I've owned. Its a somewhat simple machine designed to simply be fast. Got mine in Black Magic Pearl, murdered out completely. It scares small children. You will not be disappointed.


Best Features

Recaro seats, traditional golf ball shifter, black headliner (rare on a Vdubb) oh god, the noises with a blow off valve & intake. well worth the small investment. I chose this car over a TT and an R32. Better value than both.


Worst Features

A limited slip would be nice. Car uses a torsion beam rear suspension set up. would have liked an independent one but hell, its $25 stacks - but this is the box o' complaining after all. };)


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


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I enjoy the car very much i did do the ko4 upgrade witch did make it faster and more enjoyable.. I think the ko4 should have been stock like the audi 225Q, stock handles ok.. braking power is great with the stock bigger brakes. great seats and body style..


Best Features

the seats


Worst Features

Ko4, handling, no cel coming on all the time..


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