2001 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Ups and Downs

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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By JT on


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


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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