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2004 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback

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Volkswagen GTI Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 1.8 L Inline 4-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Front Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 5-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 180 hp @ 5500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 19/27 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats Yes

Review of the 2004 Volkswagen GTI

  • Need a sport coupe that won't beat you up during the weekday commute? This is it.

  • Safety
  • Pros

    Potent R32 model, fun to drive, reasonably priced, lots of standard equipment, premium cabin materials, utility of hatchback design, available six-speed manual.

  • Cons

    1.8T and VR6 models aren't really suited for at-the-limit driving, dated styling.

  • What's New for 2004

    The 237-hp R32 makes its debut for 2004 complete with a six-speed manual transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive. The GTI sports restyled 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. There's also a new fuel cap warning light.

What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews

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Firsttimevdub

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

This is my first VW. Bought it used with 41K on it, and it's now got 123k and still going strong. This car is probably the most under-rated vehicle I've ever owned. It's super quick off the line, and even makes a nice cruiser on the highway. I drive quite a bit for work and have always had sufficient power I need to get around the freeways of Southern California. It's been a great car with no major issues. I feed it synthetic oil and 91 octane gas and it in turn, gets me where I need to go every single day. I'm sorry to have to sell it and get a 4 door, but if you're looking for a great car and don't need room for say, a child seat, I'd definitely check it out.



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2004 gti 1.8t automatic

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I have been quite happy so far with this vehicle. This car is way fun to drive, and has a nice roomy interior for a small car.




Best value for money.

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

The VW GTI is an amazing deal for the money. I had [i]every[/i] option available, and it topped out at less than $24,000. Performance is great, and the transmission is very easy to use. Its very sporty when shifting, and the automatic mode is smooth as well. The 1.8T is a great engine, and a lot of power is available at a very low rpm. No car at this price can match the performance or equipment of this car. For under $24,000, I got heated leather seats, a manumatic transmission, Monsoon sound system, power everything, including sunroof, and 17 inch wheels. The 1.8T has been very reliable. I highly recommend this car.




Blast to drive

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

I own a 2002 VW GTI and love the car. It is so fun to drive. For the money you cannot beat the value. The only complaint I have is some electrical problems from time to time. The dealership has been great about getting them fixed and getting me a loaner to drive while in service. Love the car and recomend it highly to all that ask.




A gem in the rough

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

You won't find a better or more refined ride for the price




Damn, it's fast!

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Vehicle: 2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A)

The whole process of getting the car was a breeze. The dealership was very very friendly, not pushy at all, like the Nissan and Toyota dealerships here in the Pasadena area. Now, back to the car... this little hatchback is fast! I can barely notice the turbo lag. It comes with a lot of standard features: ABS, side and curtain airbags, full spare. The quality is superb. I know you have probably heard about how VWs are unreliable, but they have had all the problems worked out on the 04 models. I've had this car for almost 3 months now, and I am still very much in love with it. Get it, you won't regret it.



Full 2004 Volkswagen GTI Review

What's New for 2004

The 237-hp R32 makes its debut for 2004 complete with a six-speed manual transmission and 4Motion all-wheel drive. The GTI sports restyled 16- and 17-inch alloy wheels. There's also a new fuel cap warning light.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 19
  • cty
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  • 27
  • highway
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