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Almost there
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By clarkma5
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2002 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

When I first got this car, it was a bit
of a love-hate relationship. On one
hand, I loved the engine and the
interior, but I hated the transmission
and the handling. Now that I've had
this car for awhile I realize that the
transmission does a decent job, and,
despite the body roll, this thing
sticks in corners quite well. The
interior's just as good as day one,
too, and the engine's still smooth and
powerful. There were a couple squeaks
and rattles in the first few months
that have since disappeared. I got
past the window reg and coilpack
recalls without a hitch...overall, my
thoughts on VW's reliability and dealer
service is higher than most people's.


Best Features

Torquey turbo, excellent steering feel, fantastic interior, top-notch stereo, holds all the stuff you'll every want it to (stuff and 4 adults!), strong brakes


Worst Features

Less body roll, tiptronic gets confused a bit too easily, more back seat legroom


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Nice ride!
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By Devin Gabriel
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2002 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


Review

Previously I owned a 98 Jetta GLX VR6:
the new A4 platform has signifigant
improvements in quality, comfort,
performance (handling/power), & such.
It's been a blast to drive. I've had
minor problems with the driver side
window making too much noise while
rolling up & down, but otherwise, I've
been satisfied.


Best Features

Good low end torque, suspension handles torque steer much better, nice 17" wheels, A/C & heat kick in very fast.


Worst Features

VW should get rid of Monsoon and return to Bose! My 98 Jetta GLX's Bose system/speakers was far more powerful than the crappy 200W Monsoon system/speakers. Also, I miss having an additional cup holder for the back seats (as was in the A3 series).


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i love gti's
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By vw
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2002 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 5M)


Review

i love this car


Best Features

fast!


Worst Features

make an engine that can handle 300 hp!


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Fun to drive, but a few problems
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By wiggum21
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2002 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

I fully enjoy my GTI when it doesn't
have it's problems. All of the recall
problems have occured.... window regs
and ignition coils. I also had a
faulty battery as well and currently
dealing with a possible bearing
probelm. I know cars have their
problems, but when you pay the $$ you
do not expect to have so many in under
a year's time. Overall, the car is a
blast, but I do not feel it has been
very reliable to date. Hopefully the
problems disappear and I can continue
to blast around.


Best Features

Fun to zip around in.


Worst Features

Realiabity and more quality interior parts


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Fun car to own
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By John Rupp
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2002 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Review

The GTI is fast it handles like a go
cart. It holds the road but will smoke
the tires. When I first got the car I
had just bought a Harley- Davidson
sportster sport. At the time I could
not decide which one was more fun to
drive.One year later I still can't
decide. So if your looking for a car
that you will have fun driving the GTI
is for you. I have the tritronic
automatic 5 speed I love it.


Best Features

The tritronic transmission I highly recomend. I always bought manuals before but this transmission was 1st seen in Porches and gives you the best of both automatic and manual transmissions.The stereo system is great too. Also the security and remote keyless locking systems are nice.


Worst Features

Move cup holder away from the CD slot and change the volume nob so that its not the on -off switch, because alot of times when changing the volume you end up turning it off if you push the nob to hard


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