2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: The first 5K in a '02 GTI

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The first 5K in a '02 GTI
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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


GTI has proven a competent commuter.
The 1.8T provides decent acceleration.
At highway speeds the 1.8T easily moves
thru traffic, providing a very smooth,
comfortable ride(for a 2-door).
Handling is capable, but not inspiring.
Push the limits and the body roll is
obvious. The 5-spd started life buttery
smooth. It has since become notchy and
3rd requires your full attention. The
interior is a mix of quality plastics
and rubber. Unfortunately the build
quality is sub par. I have begun to
notice a large number of annoying
rattles/creaks. Excellent
passenger/cargo room.

Best Features

Simple,clean styling; German- engineering; fuel economy; comfortability; utlility; aftermarket potential.

Worst Features

Poor Brazilian manufacturing, they need to put it all together MUCH better. Odd roof mounted radio antennas; useless cupholders.
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