2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Perfect car for a second child

2003 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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

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Perfect car for a second childhood
By josjaws on


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


When the time came to replace a
1966 Mustang I'd used as a daily driver
for eight years, I had all but signed
the dotted line to order a new Mini
Cooper when I discovered the GTI. A
weekend spent comparing the two cars
quickly showed the Mini couldn't hold a
candle to the Volkswagen in terms of
build quality, handling and just-plain-
fun. Now that I've had the GTI for
just over a year, I've had no reason to
regret my decision. My wife and I
recently completed a trip from Denver
to Dallas [910 miles] in one fifteen
hour drive. Neither of us felt beat up
or exhausted. Great seats!

Best Features

Seats; seat heaters; hatchback swallows a lot of stuff. TipperTronic transmission is lots of fun in the mountains-once you get the hang of it, it's faster than a standard.

Worst Features

Foglights! My daughter's 1999 Cabrio has them-my wife's Alero does too. Lose the cupholders.
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