1997 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Fun to drive

1997 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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Base 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4-cyl. 5-speed Manual)

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Fun to drive
By slimsalmon on


1997 Volkswagen GTI 2dr Hatchback


I've owned this car from 19K miles to 240K. Overall this car is extremely fun to drive and handles exceptionally. The drive train is solid and at 240K miles my car still doesn't show any signs of weakness or burn any oil. I still haven't needed to replace the clutch or do any transmission work either. The dash and controls are built well and aren't cheap and plasticy like many cars that came out during that time. However, there has been a TON of stuff that needs constant attention outside the main drive train which seemed like it was built so cheaply it was designed to fail.

Best Features

Handling, performance, comfort, realiable drive train, interior well built without plastic cheap feel of other cars.

Worst Features

Door locks, brake system, suspension, power windows, electronics, and many other secondary systems on the car are poorly built and need repair or replacement on a regular basis.
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