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Reliable, Great Value All-Rounder
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By boba380
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2007 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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Bought my 2007 4-door GTI as a CPO in 2009 with 35k miles. Have put about 20k miles on it in approx 2 years. Haven't had any issues with the car since owning it other than expected maintenance, also not with higher-than-normal tire-wear (even with an occasionally heavy right foot...).
Car has leather, sat-nav, sunroof, DSG, sport steering wheel with controls, factory 18" wheels. Even now, the car's very nimble, snug seats and the direct steering feedback make it exceptionally great fun to drive! The folding rear seats make it roomier than expected (hello Ikea). The DSG shifts super-fast when accelerating, but displays lag during kick-down.Bad: old nav is slow, road noise, occasional rattle.


Best Features

DSG in manual allows you to "lock" the current gear even under high revs, enabling quick acceleration out of corners and other fun things; other systems "intelligently" (read: "annoyingly") shift sooner or later. Heated sport seats are an ideal balance of snug and comfy. Driving is fun and go-kart like: steering is very responsive, accelerating is great fun, especially after spending $1000 on aftermarket ECU tuning by APR: 212 --> 252HP; 224 --> 303 lb-ft TQ; the torque makes the difference! Four doors and split-folding rear seats make the car very practical. Topping ti off, the price of this car easily makes it the best all-rounder in it's class.


Worst Features

Though only a few years old, the nav's software (or is it the hardware?) makes the system annoyingly slow and out-of-date in a Windows 95 kind of way: by today's standards, it works, but doesn't work very well. The front seats' back rests recline with the aid of a cumbersome adjuster wheel each; hope you have strong wrists. The occasional interior rattle from the hand-brake release knob and and the AC vents are annoying, but not worth repairing... making it not the least bit less of a nuisance. In the end, these flaws don't make the GTI less of a great car. With a growing family, I am looking for something bigger now, but find it difficult to part from this fantastic little car.


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Fun for a price
3 of 3 people found this review helpful
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By monkeykins
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2007 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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Bought the car used in 2010. Selling it as soon as possible. I can't afford to keep sending it to the mechanic/fixing small things on the car. I've had two tail lights burn out, both the xenon headlights go out ($80 a piece), AC compressor, electrical problems, and now it seems the coil packs need to be replaced. It's a great car, and fun to drive, but I've had to drop it off almost every other month to get work done on it. Which wouldn't be as big a deal if the parts cost less than an arm+leg.


Best Features

Ride, handling, speed (when it works).


Worst Features

Part quality. I've spent nearly the price of the car on the shop.


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dont buy a gti
3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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By lemongti
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2007 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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My 07 has less than 30,000 miles on it. Last week the transmission needed to be completely replaced luckily under warranty. Got it back and check engine light came on. Dealer said intake rotor motor needed replacing. Not under warranty and over 500 in parts and labor. The company sent an extended warranty on the camshaft because it has been found to wear out prematurely. I bought a new car in an effort to not get nickel and dimed on repairs. I guess I didn't get nickel and dimed they have all been major top dollar repairs. I will never even consider another VW or Audi or anything related.


Best Features

It is fun to drive when it is working


Worst Features

Manufacture a reliable vehicle that is deserving of the reputation German engineering has built it's reputation on.


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FUN CAR WITH WORST ELECTRICAL SYSTEM
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By saturn101
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2007 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


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first owner, do service every 5K in dealer or respected shop... 30100miles, (right after service)fuel pressure sensor died on the road 200 miles away from home on a holiday....
42000miles, power steering wheel and traction control lights on for 80% of driving time, 4 times to the dealer, 2 for diagnostics 2 for fixing, got fixed, first time for 15 mins before lights came on again, second time, better, 3 days...
50100miles, with those problems persisted, new problems came out, when those lights on, the power steering wheel would lose electricity for all buttons and pedals include signal lights, wipers...

in the dealer for 8 business days and counting... bad luck, maybe, but lesson learned


Best Features

it is a fun car to drive even it is a FWD car


Worst Features

reliability trumps anything else, stop talking about how fun to drive this car if the dealer couldn't fix a problem in almost 2 weeks


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Rally style Dunbuggy
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By Great Fast dunbuggy
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2007 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback 2dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6M)


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My Gti was the perfect car for me. I am a college student and I am more than likely always in a rush. The Gti has a great responsive clutch and the ability to grip the road better than most bmw's along side with the performance the maintenance was extremely high than most its competitives but I rarely had to take it to the shop. I drove the car from California to Georgia with no problems or issues the ride was comfortable and enjoyableI've had it for two years and the quality was good compared to others of that same year. I had little problems with the electronics like the iPod connector and the windows.


Best Features

Xenon lights, Super responsive clutch, and great handling.


Worst Features

Better iPod hookup and power seats. Heavy muffler sound similar to the Honda Si or Nissan Z


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