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Next time, I'm getting the VR6
By gti dreamn on
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2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Review
I've waited 5 years for this GTI. So far it's been great. However, I will say it isn't for the impatient. The power is there, but some times it takes a second or 2. Gear selection is key. Fit and finish of the interior/exterior is good. Controls are within easy reach, but the HVAC knobs are a little too low for my taste. Well, at least the cup holders don't block the radio anymore. The front seats have plenty of adjustment to fit anyone. I compared this car to the RSX & A4 Avant, but liked the GTI better overall. On my next VW, I'm going with the VR6 motor for driving simplicity and for the extra features that come with it. Get the R32 if you can afford it.
Favorite Features
Vast array of aftermarket parts. Blue dash lights. 60/40 split seats. Sunroof. Max torque at 2k rpm. Seat heaters. Hatch versatility.
Suggested Improvements
VW needs to reduce the torque steer and lose the 22lb dual-mass flywheel (makes engine rev slow bewteen shifts). All cars need the MFA dispaly. All manuals need to be the 6-speed. Bring us 4-door hot hatches like Europe. All turbo cars should come with boost gauge and an exhaust
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