Fun to drive, reasonably priced, lots of standard goodies, premium cabin materials, utility of hatchback design, available six-speed manual.
Not really suited for at-the-limit driving, dated styling.
Need a sport coupe for the real world? This is it.
VW's stability control system (ESP), which includes BrakeAssist, is now optional on the 1.8T model and standard on the VR6. A leather-wrapped three-spoke steering wheel, shift knob and hand brake are standard on both. Minor changes include increased padding for the head curtain airbags, backlighting for the buttons on the standard-issue stereo head unit, pinch protection for the sunroof's tilt function and upgraded wipers. Silverstone Gray replaces Matchstick Red on the exterior color list. Finally, it turns out that last year's special-edition 337 model was indeed special -- it's history for 2003.
Read what other owners think about the Used 2003 Volkswagen GTI.
i have this car since 05 and
now has 175k never had any issues if u take good care will take good care of you. this is very good quality vehicle best one so far i owned and i had few BMW's Mercedes but nothing compares to this baby.parts are same price as for any other vehicle if not cheaper now if u do some basic stuff your self will save you money.
4.63 out of 5 stars
2002.5 GTI VR6 6 speed
VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M)
Fun car. Bought it from VW in 2002 and have love every mile in it. I installed a set of Eibach sport srings shortly after purchase and that improved the handling and stance. Great gas mileage (if you're driving like Miss Daisy) about 29 mpg, however if you haven fun it drops quick. Lots of power and broad range of torque. Stereo sounds good for a stock setup. Interior in good, but the plastic or rubber on some of the panels are rubbing off. With some suspension mods and really good tires this car will handle better than anything out there. As far as the engine- Is good for front wheel drive. Rated at 201 hp stock. anything over 300 hp is too much for this car. TIRES SPIN
Looked at several cars in this class
and finally settled on this instead of
a Dodge SRT-4 because i felt that the
interior of the SRT-4 was sooooooooo
junk and the overall its still a riced
out neon. This car is quick, fun,
cheap on insurance (for me) and gets
great gas mileage.
4.75 out of 5 stars
Just bought a '03 VW GTI VR6...
VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M)
Well I just purchased a 2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 and I must say so far this is the best car I've ever owned. I just bought it Tuesday of this week and have only driven it for two days but before this car I was driving a 2000 VW Golf and other than the engine and the 6th gear it's pretty much the same car as I had before(with a bunch more power!!!). I honestly plan on keeping this car for a very long time like my Golf (which met it's untimely demise when a Harley ran a red light a totaled it). Excellent car all around.
The Used 2003 Volkswagen GTI is offered in the following submodels: GTI Hatchback. Available styles include 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5A), 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M), VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 6M), and 20th Anniversary Edition 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 6M).
Pre-owned Volkswagen GTI models are available with a 1.8 L-liter gas engine or a 2.8 L-liter gas engine, with output up to 200 hp, depending on engine type.
The Used 2003 Volkswagen GTI comes with front wheel drive.
Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic, 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual.
The Used 2003 Volkswagen GTI comes with a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. basic warranty, a 4 yr./ 50000 mi. roadside warranty, and a 5 yr./ 60000 mi. powertrain warranty.
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