2009 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Great Engine, Tranny and Suspe
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2009 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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2009 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)

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Engine is first rate with very little turbo lag and it has great torque throughout the RPM range. Handling is very good for FWD car and DSG transmission is awesome. Lightning quick shifts. Interior has nice materials and good ergonomics. Seats are great as is the steering wheel. VW got the big stuff right with the GTI. Unfortunately, the little details are what they missed. With only 1,000 miles on the clock my seat squeaks, my dash squeaks over every bump, my rear hatch rattles over bumps and there is an engine rattle between 2500 and 3000 RPM which is an issue with other MKV GTI's too. Unacceptable in a new car. I heard VW has terrible quality control and now I believe it.

Favorite Features

Engine, transmission, suspension are first rate.

Suggested Improvements

Needs better quality control. Many other GTI owners have same complaints about squeaks and rattles in their new cars. Embarrassing for VW compared to Honda/Toyota. VW needs to improve to help their deserved reputation for poor quality.
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