2003 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: What a fun car

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What a fun car
By Michael E. on


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


I just bought this car a couple days
ago but here are my initial
impressions. This car is a blast to
drive. I got the 17" wheels that hug
the earth tightly and turbo zooms away
over 3000 RPM. At RPMs lower then 3000,
you'll being waiting a second for that
zoom feeling to kick in.

I was originally going to get the RSX
type S without even test-driving this
sporty hatch. In comparison, the VW
feels much a more richly refined and an
elegant machine. Be careful reading the
reviews since the new more powerful
turbo engine just came out with the
2003 model year.

Best Features

Pure German refinement

Worst Features

The cup holder is above the stereo stressing nerves that a slight spill will cost hundreds. There is a VW accessory to put a cup holder in the armrest that I’ll be looking into shortly.
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