2004 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Bangin' for the Buck

2004 Volkswagen GTI - Consumer Review

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1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4-cyl. Turbo 5-speed Manual)

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Bangin' for the Buck
By DubWise on


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


I purchased my '04 in May of '04. Immediately installed a chip. Noticeable jump to 215 horses still with good gas milage. Excellent handling I take turns confidently well above the posted mph (have to know the car and its limits). K&N Also a must. Easily modifiable without going into the engine block. Was going to buy a BMW. Wife has 328 5 spd. Believe it or not I like my GTI more. May still buy a 5 series or a 3 convertible but a VW may still be in the future. I would buy VW again. Knock on wood, no mechanical failure. Did have a sun roof problem resolved and under warranty.

Best Features

Mods, great highway and commuter car. comfortable seats(6'2.5") great pickup. Better than my 90 mustang LX

Worst Features

Cheap arm rest, broke in 3 months of ownership, needs 6th gear. Needs bigger intercooler from factory. Continue to work on electrical gremlins.
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