2000 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Poor reliability spoils GTI fu

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Poor reliability spoils GTI fun
By Laja Dare on


2000 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T Turbo 2dr Hatchback


While I enjoyed the performance,
comfort and styling of my 2000 GTI, I
cannot recommend this vehicle due to
constant breakdowns. Reliability was
very poor. The power window "retainer
clip" broke three times, the glove box
hinge broke twice (cheap plastic), and
virtually every exterior bulb on the
car burned out within 24 months. A
valve blew in the engine, the clutch
went out at 40K (a thousand bucks to
replace), the CD changer went on the
blink and on and on and on. I spent
countless hours in the service lobby
regretting my purchase. Don't get
taken in by the plush interior -- this
is a cheaply built car. Have a look at
the Impreza, RSX or Sentra...

Best Features

Stout motor, crisp handling, good fit & finish, full-sized spare, safety features

Worst Features

Instead of making the best $23,000 vehicle on the road, VW decided to make the most frustrating $21,000 vehicle. Using metal instead of plastic parts for the power window assembly and a more durable clutch would help, but this is just one model to avoid. Don't buy it!
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