Just got the 5 speed 03' right before
the 04's were coming out. Outfitted with
leather, esp, 17" wheels, and luxury
package. got it for 19,600 so i'm pretty
pleased. first time buying a new car,
but i found one of the last GTI's in
California, and called them up and said
19,600 - i'll buy it right now. guess
that works. no problems thus far, the
clutch took some breaking in, but its
smooth now. occasional rattle in the
car, hard to keep black interior clean,
but the car can move. make no mistake
about it, they say it can take any
gasoline, but only premium will make it
behave like a GTI. sunroof is great,
looking forward to driving it home after
whizz of the turbo, seats, seat heaters
in the winter, the pickup on this thing
is great. hatchback room with the seats
down is like having a mini station wagon.
cup holders are more useless than my
lap. car drives firm which is nice, but
maybe too firm. if you're gonna block
the stereo with the cupholder, give me
stereo controls on the steering wheel!
This car has the right blend of
practicality and performance. Wanted a
car that will make my daily commute fun
and confortable and so far has
delivered all that flawlessly. Surely a
BMW would be better but costs 10-15
grand more. While japanese cars have
their own advantages, VW is more
refined, and, if looking at
quality/price ratio, VW tops its
I hope that VW is working to bring up
the plants in Brazil and Mexico to its
German counterparts standards as the
quality issues still affect Golfs and
especially Jettas available in America.
1.8T is an excellent powerplant for a
car of this size.
Interior fit and finish.
Germanic driving feel.
Hatchback design, also offered by Civic
Si and Focus SVT, is more practical
than the coupe styling of the other
Seats, front and back, are less
comfortable than Civics and Corollas.
Stick is stiff, I miss my Civic's stick
feel now that I have the torque and
4 door needed for GTI or a 1.8T sporty
Golf version, this is not a baby
friendly car at all.
Regular fuel for 1.8T.