2001 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Great car, needs to be better

2001 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L V6 5-speed Manual)

Build Quality
Reliability Value
Great car, needs to be better built
By dts on


2001 Volkswagen GTI GLX VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


Like the title says, I absolutely love the car, but there have just been too
many reliability issues. It fits my needs perfectly -- it's sporty, practical, and
luxurious all at once. In the GLX level, it feels like an Audi hatchback would
feel if they sold one in the U.S. But in the two years I have owned it, I have
had to have the driver's side airbag replaced, the airbag wiring harness
replaced, the driver's side door realigned twice, a speaker replaced twice, the
driver's side window regulator replaced twice, and the engine mass air flow
sensor replaced.

Best Features

The engine! Lots of torque, and smooth. Only BMW makes a nicer six-cylinder engine. The interior feels like it belongs in an Audi.

Worst Features

BUILD QUALITY! Shifter is a little notchy, handling is a little soft. The rear seats are a major pain in the rear to fold down.
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