2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: 2003 1.8t GTI 5spd

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

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2003 1.8t GTI 5spd
By mitchbo on


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


I have no complaints about this
vehicle. The 1.8t engine is a solid
performer, rated by Ward's Automotive
as one of the ten best engines for
2003. Despite somewhat long throws,
shifting is smooth and precise, and
clutch feel is far superior to the
competing Honda Civic SI. The sport
suspension is firm enough for everyday
spirited driving, but may be a bit soft
for those weekend autocrossers. Fit and
finish is on par with anything in this
class, (under $25,000 hatchback), and
the choice of interior materials and
packaging also outclasses the
competition. This car is rooted as a
sporty hatchback with excellent
performance, and ranks at the top of
its class.

Best Features

The 1.8t engine. Fast and quick to accelerate, the turbo gives a noticable kick through the lower gears. Leather interior is well done with firm, supportive seats. Base stereo, with AM/FM/CD/Cass and 8 speakers is excellent at reasonable listening levels.

Worst Features

A mechanical limited slip differential would be a nice touch, as opposed to the electronic torque limiting setup. A boost gauge should be standard with a turbocharged engine.
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