2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: 5 years and going

2003 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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5 years and going
By joel on


2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


My gti is 5 years old and generally runs well and is reliable. I would buy another gti. However here is a list of my negatives or complaints, radio knobs have loosened or fallen off, radio has poor am reception antenna was replaced once already, two different sensors [computer chips] had to be replaced in one year, original tire were low quality [had an abnormal number of flats] changed tires 1 flat in four years. Cup holder bad place. Almost impossible to do your own oil change. These are the problems I have had. Most of which occurred in the last 2 and a half years. It is a great car and I love it but everyone should know what its weaknesses are.

Best Features

great power , holds the road , nice heavy duty German engineering

Worst Features

the inside of the car lacks the same quality as the outside or the motor. plastic knobs , cheap hinges, loose plastic covers or plastic that snaps into place which should be screwed or rivited.
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