2004 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: 10 cars in one!

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By clarkma5 on


2004 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)


I had a loaded 2002 GTI 1.8T Tiptronic
before that I loved, so I got
another GTI 1.8T, but this time I
skipped all the luxury stuff in an
effort to get a better performance
feel...so I have cloth, stick, no
sunroof, and 17" wheels. The result is
amazing. The engine feels so much
stronger than before, the handling is
much more neutral, with only light
understeer, and the brakes feel
positively fantastic now. Strip out
all the luxury options and you end up
with an RSX-beater for $18k, compared
to $25k for the Acura. It's more
comfortable, better looking, and more
practical, and is also the best drag
machine this side of a WRX or Mustang
GT! Perfect!

Best Features

Smooth gearshifter, gutsy turbo performance, fantastic and timeless looks

Worst Features

Maybe a bit lower (half inch from factory?) with a slightly fatter rear sway bar to combat understeer better. A little more weight reduction would be nice too. All niggles on a near- perfect car.
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