2001 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Bang for the buck

2001 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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GLS 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Bang for the buck
By kevbelz on


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


Absolutely the BEST bang for your buck.
I bargained the price down to 21000
(maybe could of done better?) based on
the fact that the 2002's would have
180HP stock. Well for a little more
than $500 I added a Garrett chip and a
K&N filter, and the car's horsepower
jumped to 195 from 150. There are some
reliability issues that seem to come up
for MANY owners. (coilpacks need
replacing, window regulators, and
brakes and clutch seem to wear out too
quickly) but luckily I haven't seen any
of this. Just treat her good, and
she'll take care of you.

Best Features

Turbo, and the ability to change the ECU's programming and add 40+ horsepower in a flash.

Worst Features

Better stock rotors and pads. More horsepower, and ground effects and spoilers. (or you can buy the 25th anniversary model, or wait for the R32)
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