2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: THE Sport-hatch Standard Beare
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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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THE Sport-hatch Standard Bearer
By JRaegen on

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

Review

I bought mine from a cousin who has worked for VW/Porsche/Audi for 15 years. He recommended the 1.8T vs. the VR6 due to weight and handling issues. I agree with him. 2nd gear is a blast with the torque screaming through. The suspension is stiff, and body-roll not bad for a "tall" coupe. I have two small children, and it's no problem taking them on trips of 4 hours or under. Kudos also to the instruments and the blue back-lighting (although a boost gauge wouldn't hurt). You can take about 80-85% of the cars out there off the line, and it handles very well at speed. No vibrations, shakes or drifting.

Best Features

TORQUE; seats; wheels (17 in.); cargo room; steering. Take out the middle rear headrest too - improves your vision and will never be missed.

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Cupholder. This car is really fun and I love driving it!
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