2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: So Disappointing - No Joke

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So Disappointing - No Joke
By Michael on


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


Bought June 2002. Yes, it's refined inside, build quality above average & overall car is fun to drive. But reliability is worst I've experienced. My 4th car. 1. 3 separate power window probs that left me with window sunk in door. Fun in winter. NOT 2. 2 separate seat probs. 1st was when the seat actually moved beneath me with each turn. 2nd occurred when lever to raise/lower broke 3. Ignition Coils *UGH* 4. 4 separate coolant probs. 1 prob left me stranded on road (2 year old car at the time) 5. 1 dashboard lighting prob, many MIL engine light probs 6. Car *almost* failed start in 50 deg. weather. VW found no prob. Inexplicable. Just waiting for more... I'll never buy VW again...

Best Features

Nicely refined inside. Very fun to drive.

Worst Features

Horrible reliability. Premium monsoon isn't all that premium sounding. Too bright, too muddy sounding. Did I say horrible reliability? Do not buy.
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