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150k miles new
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By torchmonkey
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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i have owned vw most on my post high school life. from an 02 5 spd vr6 gti to a 03 vr6 6 spd jetta. great cars when taken care of and modded properly. stay away from the automatics, and enjoy on a back road once in awhile. currently own a 2001 gti 1.8t. great gas mileage. bit of a hit on power from the vr6 cars i'm used to but can be made up in parts and the 1.8 definitely handles better. my current car has 160k on it and runs like new. interior is showing signs of wear around the ac controls, console, and ignition. shall be replaced soon. rolled my 02 gti 2.5 times at highway speed and 3 ppl walked away unharmed. (perrelli tire went flat and came off the rim). so i don't buy perrelli's anymore.


Best Features

seats, road visibility, reliable, fuel mileage, smooth shifts, build quality, paint quality, stock rim choices, cargo room, safety.


Worst Features

wheel spacers, 15-20 mm front 25-30 mm back with stock rims. effectively eliminates bump steer and provides a wider stance for better handling. wish vw had just put them on from the factory or changed the suspension geometry and saved me the expense. all other problems have been recalled by vw.


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By JT
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


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I bought the car in desperate need of a way to get to work, didn't really research it. The performance is good and bad. The turbo is great, very fun, but the engine sometimes jumps when I try to give it gas at lower speeds. Interior is cheap, I've already had broken lights, switches, and compartment handles. Its also too easy to leave scratch marks on interior parts, just rub your fingernail and bits of black dust come right off. I only average at about 23 mpg which is pathetic. Note to all buyers, solve these performance problems with a manual, not automatic. Alternator keeps giving out at 40000 miles too, not sure about that..


Best Features

Turbo.. not much else.


Worst Features

More horsepower, better mpg, better quality of interior components. Buy a newer GTI please.


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Fun to Drive But........
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By Emil
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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Very fun to drive. Wish they upped the HP in 2001 instead of 2002, but 175 is still pretty peppy. I regularly get 30pmg at highway speeds.


Best Features

Torque on the V6


Worst Features

Transmission melted at 80,000 miles. Fuel injectors died and cost $700 each to replace. This is a cheap car to drive but an expensive car to repair. Very expensive. Tires run about $200 per piece and wear out quickly. I have 108,000 miles now. Body is perfect and so is interior.


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Big VR6 fan. would buy another any day
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By Bruno
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


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I had a 2001 GTI vr6 and man do i miss it.. the only reason why i sold it its because financially i was having problems at that time... But as of right now I'm looking to Buy another one... Throw a nice short ram or cold air intake, a nice greddy exhaust and your driving a beast, sounds and drives like a champ... not to mention if you throw in a turbo in it.. forget it awesome car.


Worst Features

New rims, performance tires, Intake and a nice greddy exhaust. Sounds amazing.


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gti in audi clothing
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By andy's review
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2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


Review

So far so good! This car took me a while to get used to because I'm so used to driving second generation gti's, but I really like it now. Not as much fun as the 1st and second generation gti's but but smoother and better all around. Very roomy and handling is up to par. The vr6 is such a nice engine. You move a lot faster then it feels. Definitely a much more solid feeling car. Fuel is pretty good if you baby the car. Easy to drive slow and exciting to drive fast! In my opinion it has an Audi feel to it and the cabin is pretty quiet. This glx model is loaded and I love and use every option. I'm very happy with my purchase!


Best Features

Boo-Berry dashboard lights, vr6 engine, leather heated seats, 5-speed transmission, exterior/interior styling, great visibility, fun and easy to drive.


Worst Features

build quality as always though is model is quite good. more power! better handling!


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