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2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

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


Review

This car is style, fun, power, practicality all in one. Very happy with the purchase, it is a head above the standard GTI. Great engine - very tuner friendly. Love the torque. You get all sorts of aftermarket pieces stock on this car. A great value.


Favorite Features

Recaro seats, torque, 6 speed


Suggested Improvements

needs to be just a hair lower maybe


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Not bad, but not great
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By Sean
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2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M)


Review

I owned my '03 VR6 GTI for just over 2 years, putting around 32K miles on it. Overall it's a fun car to drive, but I had quite a few quality issues, especially with the paint (pearl indigo blue). The VR6 has great low-end torque, but it is very heavy which is really noticeable when cornering at high speeds. The car handles fantastic at high speed on the highway, with very little cabin noise even at 85+ MPH. The Monsoon stereo system is fantastic, the heated seats are great because you can adjust the heating level, and the cruise control is much more user friendly than on other cars I have driven. Overall, it's a fun, versatile car that is a good deal for the price.


Favorite Features

- VR6 - Very fast! - Interior design - The black leather looks great with the blue and red console lighting. Seats are comfortable and heated leather is very well done. - Visibility is very good in this car. - Storage is great, I moved my apartment in this car. - 17 inch wheels are a good feature.


Suggested Improvements

- Cup holder over CD player is awful. - VR6 although powerful is too heavy for this car. - Paint job is sub-par. Paint scratches very easily and started to delaminate after 1 1/2 years. To their credit, VW agreed to repaint the car at no charge. - Quality in general not that great. Rattling, etc.


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2003 GTI -- mature fun!
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By Luis
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2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

If you want Japanese-style sport & affordability with upscale German character, go with VW GTI. Having owned Mazda/Nissan/Honda as well as Audi/BMW, I can say that this little hot hatch combines the best qualities of all. Youthful, nimble performance combined with mature comfort, features, and ride quality. And it is the real deal, standing out from all the kiddie-cars out there. I considered Civic, RSX, Mini, Tiburon, etc., but they seemed too generic or else "flavor of the month" in nature. So why not go with the original pocket rocket that showed the others how it's done?


Favorite Features

smooth turbo motor, quality interior finish and materials, German character, practical "boxy" hatchback layout, IP lighting, sporty yet fully adjustable leather seats, good handling yet supple ride.


Suggested Improvements

Even the "improved" console cupholders could be better. And what, a "sport" model without foglights? Plus a little less body roll please, but without sacrificing the nice ride.


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Return of the Great GTI
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By Tyler
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Vehicle

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


Review

I have owned many Volkswagens from the original 84 GTI to a 16V Scirocco and this is the best VW I have ever driven. Great quality, handling, and speed. Everything you could ask for in a German hatchback. No service Issues in the time I have owned the car. It has just under 20000 miles on her now.


Favorite Features

Exterior styling tasteful body kit, big brakes, 6 speed Audi transmission, Recaro seats, great turbo motor. This car is the whole package.


Suggested Improvements

LSD


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The perfect balance for the money
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By car dude
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2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I have driven many different cars, from Ferraris to Citroens to Yugos. As an everyday car, the GTI is excellent. Great power, economy, and comfort. I can't ask for more at $20,000. My last two cars have been BMWs but I don't miss their handling and the GTI is much quicker so I am very satisfied. It works great in the snow even with upgraded sport rims and tires! I am very impressed with this aspect. It proves the car has great balance.


Favorite Features

Turbo, seats, sunroof, sport rims, excellent reliability so far (27,000 mi).


Suggested Improvements

The cupholder is in a bad location. A little less torque steer would be nice. Some creaks in the back end but only on rough roads.


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