2001 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Great Car - My 2nd GTi

2001 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Great Car - My 2nd GTi
By Dante on


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


I owned an '84 GTi (the original) for 12 years, then a Jetta GLi for 8 more years. After a quick stint with another vehicle, I went back to VW. I bought this car used, with 60k miles already on it. I am now very close to 100k and I absolutely love this car. Only problems I have had is: replacing the water pump (normal) and a bad coil pack (normal?). I maintain it religiously, running only synthetic oil. I honestly never have to open the hood between changes - it uses absolutely no oil, and the old oil is only moderately dirty after 5k miles. One odd issue - I have to top off the power steering fluid every 5k-6k miles and I see none of it leaking out(?)

Best Features

Acceleration in 3rd gear Comfy (heated) seats Sunroof

Worst Features

Better cup holders (big deal) Body seems to flex a bit around tight turns - maybe a sway bar or a ROLL CAGE :) Turning radius is a bit wide Tinted windows (a must with a black leather interior)
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