2008 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Review: Expensive to own!

2008 Volkswagen GTI Hatchback - Consumer Review

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Expensive to own!
By pbesong on


2008 Volkswagen GTI 4dr Hatchback (2.0L 4cyl Turbo 6AM)


Expensive to own and operate! It takes premium gas only, so while everyone else is paying $2.60 per gallon, you're paying $3.00 a gallon. It takes a special oil, too, which at Pep Boys costs $8.00 per bottle and you'll need 5 bottles. The oil filter from the dealer costs $28, but you can get it from NAPA for a mere $16 (still expensive if you ask me). And you need to change it every 5k miles. It's not a straight-forward oil change either. A bit more complicated. Xenon headlights cost $150 to replace and since the daytime running lights are on all the time, you're sure to burn through quite a few. I'm not keeping mine long enough to find out how many. transmission can have mechatronic unit problem.

Best Features

Interior and exterior styling is great. The leather seats are wonderful. I like that the back seats fold down 60/40 with a pass-through in the center. Kicking in the turbo is great for accelerating onto the highway.

Worst Features

Stock tires pretty poor in snow. You'll need real winter tires if you live in snow states, so an extra set of wheels would be in order. Seems to have electric voodoo problems at times. Something like rear wiper or cruise won't work one day, but will work the next day. Hard to diagnose.
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