2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Almost there

2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By BryanH on


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


The GTI is close to being very
good...it mainly needs a suspension
that can live up to expectations. It
is too mushy to be any fun. The only
other thing would be a 4 door GTI.

The downside to VW is the dealerships
and VWoA. The simple truth is they
dont stand behind there cars and unless
its a warranty repair you would be very
well served to find a competant local
shop and NEVER go to the dealerships.

2001 to 2003 models have severe coil
pack failures and my car is one of 14
at the dealership with a failed
ignition coil and it will be several
weeks before I get a replacement.

Best Features

1.8T and the brakes!! I love the overall design of the car as its still small enough to be fun to drive but with the seats down you can fit an AMAZING amount of stuff in it.

Worst Features

The dealers/VWoA need to wake up. Tighten up the suspension or at least offer a real sports suspension as an option.
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