2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: '03 GTI 1.8T vs. ex'00 Jetta 1

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'03 GTI 1.8T vs. ex'00 Jetta 1.8T
By exJetta1.8Towner on


2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


Having sold my '00 Jetta 1.8T, I
couldn't imagine what car would ever
give me that same "whooosh" feeling for
the same money. So with that in mind,
I started the process looking for a
new '03 Jetta 1.8T, having not yet
driven a 1.8T GTI. Once round the
block in the GTI and I was sold. With
the 17" wheels/sport package, it
handled so much better than my old
Jetta. Slight roll, but way better.
Huge improvement in the seat dept. The
extra 30 HP doesn't hurt either. One
of the main reasons I sold my Jetta was
because the warranty was coming to an
end...something I won't have to worry
about for a while.

Best Features

Stiffer handling, better wheels, faster!!! Love the bigger dual exhaust pipes.

Worst Features

Disappointed to learn that VW no longer offered free maintanence. Good trade off with the longer warranty.
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