2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Excellent design; OK execution

2002 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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

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Excellent design; OK execution
By BradyCLT on


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


Love the driving dynamics of the car;
all aspects of its design related to
the driving experience are excellent
(powertrain, suspension, brakes, etc).
However, after owning a long series of
Japanese cars I'm disappointed in the
interior build quality. At only 5K
miles I have multiple squeaks/rattles
in the dash and center console and a
rarely used leather seat with a seam
coming undone. Really tarnishes the
ownership experience of an otherwise
excellent car.

Best Features

Handling, brakes, acceleration; uncluttered/clean exterior & interior design; fuel ecomony vs. power output; utility

Worst Features

Rear side windows should have flip-out hinges (curtain airbag may prevent this?); dipstick should be some other color than black(?); screw/glue/sew the interior together tighter, PLEASE
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