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2003 1.8t GTI 5spd
By mitchbo on
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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Review
I have no complaints about this vehicle. The 1.8t engine is a solid performer, rated by Ward's Automotive as one of the ten best engines for 2003. Despite somewhat long throws, shifting is smooth and precise, and clutch feel is far superior to the competing Honda Civic SI. The sport suspension is firm enough for everyday spirited driving, but may be a bit soft for those weekend autocrossers. Fit and finish is on par with anything in this class, (under $25,000 hatchback), and the choice of interior materials and packaging also outclasses the competition. This car is rooted as a sporty hatchback with excellent performance, and ranks at the top of its class.
Favorite Features
The 1.8t engine. Fast and quick to accelerate, the turbo gives a noticable kick through the lower gears. Leather interior is well done with firm, supportive seats. Base stereo, with AM/FM/CD/Cass and 8 speakers is excellent at reasonable listening levels.
Suggested Improvements
A mechanical limited slip differential would be a nice touch, as opposed to the electronic torque limiting setup. A boost gauge should be standard with a turbocharged engine.
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