2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Shattered Dreams - Poor Reliab

2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Shattered Dreams - Poor Reliability
By ahedin on


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


As a child I always dreamed of driving
a VW Golf. However, my experience with
my GTI has shattered my dreams. The
car has been in the shop four times in
less than one year. That is
unacceptable, but VW does not care
(Once the car is sold you will be lucky
to get a sorry).

The GTI feels faster than it is. The
ride is harsh and it does not go
through the corners well.

The back seats still rattle and my fear
is the catalytic converter will go next.

Best Features

I like how the golf looks. The engine teases me at 60, asks to go faster and easily does. The car feels solid and safe (it should at 3000+ pounds). If driving did not feel like a wooden roller coaster ride it would be a nice car to drive around town.

Worst Features

Reliability.... Onstar... Can anyone convince Maytag to start making cars? It is better to dream of driving the R32 than to own VW.
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