2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Happy So Far
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2003 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L V6 6-speed Manual)

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Happy So Far
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2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M)

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A blast to drive. I'm getting pretty bad gas mileage (20-21 mpg) since the car feels comfortable in the 4000+ RPM range. The 200 hp VR6 is definitely smoother, quieter, and not as jerky as the 1.8T. However, I probably would have gotten the 1.8T if I could have gotten the 6-speed and climate control. I was disappointed to see that the final assembly was in Brazil as eveything I had read before that (including Edmunds) indicated that the final assembly would be in Germany. That being said, the build quality feels very good. I do think the car is a great value and would do it again.

Best Features

6 speed. Nice 17" wheels. Climate control. Suspension handles turns very well.

Worst Features

Cupholders are on top of the stereo so any spillage would drip into the stereo. The Monsoon stereo is very loud, but it sounds pretty muddy. It doesn't really have any midrange. I'm not that tall, but if I put the seat back where I want it, the stick-shift is too far away.
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