2002 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: You get what you pay for. An O

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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You get what you pay for. An Ok vehicle
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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Initially I liked the vehicle a lot.
However after a while it developped a
number of problems and needed 3 visits
to the dealership for variouse non
maintenance warranty items in the first
year of ownership ($200-$400 each if
out of warranty). Rattles are
everywhere. VW dealerships have a very
bad reputation in general. 1 week to
get an appointment is considered
excellent. So far the wehicle barely
meets my expectations. Based on the
service, reliability and rattles I will
not buy a VW again. And to top it off I
did not even mentioned the ignition
coils debacle going on.

Best Features

Exterior and interior design (excluding the rattles) + 1.8T (excluding the poor parts quality like coils, MAFs, etc.)

Worst Features

VW needs to seriously focus on the parts quality and the dialership network quality.
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