2004 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: 10 cars in one!

2004 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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

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By clarkma5 on


2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I had a loaded 2002 GTI 1.8T Tiptronic before that I loved, so I got another GTI 1.8T, but this time I skipped all the luxury stuff in an effort to get a better performance feel...so I have cloth, stick, no sunroof, and 17" wheels. The result is amazing. The engine feels so much stronger than before, the handling is much more neutral, with only light understeer, and the brakes feel positively fantastic now. Strip out all the luxury options and you end up with an RSX-beater for $18k, compared to $25k for the Acura. It's more comfortable, better looking, and more practical, and is also the best drag machine this side of a WRX or Mustang GT! Perfect!

Best Features

Smooth gearshifter, gutsy turbo performance, fantastic and timeless looks

Worst Features

Maybe a bit lower (half inch from factory?) with a slightly fatter rear sway bar to combat understeer better. A little more weight reduction would be nice too. All niggles on a near- perfect car.
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