2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: VW Reliability

2003 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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By mwestbrook on


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


Since my last review...the ignition coil has
gone bad (while I was driving it)...and Today,
after driving to a couple of places (running
errands) my terrific and reliable (sarcasm)
GTI decides it doesn't want to start...my car
is stranded, blocking traffic! I have VW
roadside assistance come out...they give me a
jump and also state that the battery is just
fine...turn off the car and guess what? It
doesn't want to start again!!!! The clock
defaults back to 1200/the trip mileage
counter sets back to zero...I am guessing it's
an electrical problem...have to wait until
Monday...because VW service and customer
service are closed on Weekends!

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I have lost all confidence in this car...the sad thing is, I haven't even had it a year. Don't purchase a VW, quality and reliability doesn't mean anything to them...I should have stayed with a Japanese carmaker that starts with a "T"
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