2005 Volkswagen GTI Review

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Edmunds' Expert Review

  • Fun to drive, reasonably priced, lots of standard equipment, premium cabin materials, utility of hatchback design, available six-speed manual.
  • More expensive and slower than many of its peers.

The GTI may have introduced the idea of budget performance, but its aging design has been surpassed by a number of cheaper and faster competitors.

2005 Highlights

With an all-new GTI on the way next year, there are no changes to the current platform for 2005.

Consumer reviews

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4.13 out of 5 stars
Too many trips to the dealership
Qlueless,01/14/2008
1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I have taken this car to the dealership more times in 9 months than my toyota has been in 8 years. I think right now there is water leaking on the passanger side floor, and also the trunk. I have had the trunk lock fixed twice, rear washer, drivers door lock, window fell inside door, had to be towed becuase it would not start, car alarm was going off every night at 3am. Had to leave battery disconnected everytime I got out of the car or the alarm would go off. Driver's seat stuck in place. I used to be a VW mechanic years ago, and this will be the LAST VW that I ever buy.
4.63 out of 5 stars
23 years of German Hot-Hatch-History
Drew,09/27/2006
1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
I love how the GTI has German engineering. It is a car fit for the Nurburgring. Highway speed can shoot from 55-85 mph at a drop of a hat. It has a good sound when reving through higher rpm. It has styling cues of the 3-door Audi S3. I love letting onlookers hear the turbo spool up and whistle. BME 3-Series drivers won't know what just flew past them. This is truely the poor man's Porsche Boxster.
4.88 out of 5 stars
I get excited everytime i turn it on.
jrx45x,07/18/2012
1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
This car is my love. I don't like how these cars look stock though. there kinda boxy and awkward. So i lowered mine and its the most amazing thing ever i get so many looks. At first i got it with 60k miles and it needed alot of maintenance like timing belt and ignition coils. Timing belt was $1000 at dealer so i took somewhere else for $500. Beware, the dealer is expensive. I either fix stuff myself or take somewhere else. It is a reliable car if you treat it good. If you always rag on the car itll rag on your wallet. Its fast too, i wont ever sell mine, in fact when the engine goes i will swap another 1.8t into it i love it that much. Hope you like yours just as much as i do.
3.38 out of 5 stars
pricey
viadisgr,07/28/2012
1.8T 2dr Hatchback (1.8L 4cyl Turbo 5M)
Bought my Gti off a lease,was happy with it.But when my timing belt went at 70,000.Not happy with that.Spent to much money on it.

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Used 2005 Volkswagen GTI Overview

The Used 2005 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), and VR6 2dr Hatchback (2.8L 6cyl 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 2005 Volkswagen GTI comes with front wheel drive. Available transmissions include: 5-speed shiftable automatic, 5-speed manual, 6-speed manual. The Used 2005 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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Should I lease or buy a 2005 Volkswagen GTI?

Is it better to lease or buy a car? Ask most people and they'll probably tell you that car buying is the way to go. And from a financial perspective, it's true, provided you're willing to make higher monthly payments, pay off the loan in full and keep the car for a few years. Leasing, on the other hand, can be a less expensive option on a month-to-month basis. It's also good if you're someone who likes to drive a new car every three years or so.

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