1996 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: mpg commuter

1996 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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1996 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback


I needed a good commuter for my new job which requires I commute 100 miles per day round trip. I decided on a 96 GTI 2.0 because MPG is as important as being fun to drive. It turns out I am averaging 30-32 MPG. I was lucky to find an unmodified, well maintained w/ an almost new interior for it's 13 year/123,000 age. I love this little car, I find myself not wanting to drive my 06' SS/SC. The 2.0 engine mated to the 5 speed is wonderful, the car is as tight (structurally) as a new car. I cruise at 70-80 mph without any drama. I more pleased than I expected I would be and parts are cheap. I high recommend 2.0 GTI's for anyone looking good MPGs, excellent hauling space and a fun daily driver!

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comfort, build quality, interior space, fun to drive, MPG

Worst Features

finicky speedo/tach works intermittently
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