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Average User Score
4.7 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 42 reviews
2002 Volkswagen GTI Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 42 reviews
A quick look at the 2002 Volkswagen GTI will tell you much that you need to know about this car. The GTI looks fun and fast, and that was its main appeal for many passionate drivers who raved about the car. The styling was clean and sleek, and the car sat low to the ground, giving it a streamlined appearance. It practically begged to be driven hard, and in many cases, it was.
Drivers who preferred performance over gas mileage tended to opt for the higher-end GTI VR6 trim package, which came with a 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generated 174 horsepower (boosted to 200 horsepower mid-year). It was linked to a six-speed manual overdrive transmission. Those who wanted to dial the juice back slightly, save a bit of gas, and pay less at the showroom went with the GTI 1.8T, with its turbocharged 180-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine and five-speed manual transmission (a five-speed automatic was optional).
And those who wanted something truly unique waited until mid-year, when a limited edition GTI 337 was introduced. It came with the turbocharged 180-horsepower 4-cylinder engine and an upgraded package that included larger 18-inch wheels, a leather-wrapped steering wheel equipped with audio and climate controls, Recaro sport seats, and special red accents.
Standard features for the GTI included anti-lock brakes, a CD player, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, a tilt/telescopic steering column, side curtain airbags, keyless remote entry, traction control, and an anti-trap device in the trunk. Options included a power sunroof, heated front seats, and a CD changer.
There were no disagreements among drivers that the GTI drove and handled well, and delivered power when needed. The car's safety features were also noted by drivers. But some commented that the car had reliability issues and needed frustrating repairs.
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how much torque for a apr stage 1 chipped 2002 gti?
Thanks, but I already saw that post on changing the taillight. I thought it would work for me but no luck -- I am having trouble locating the second nut to remove the taillight. If anyone has pictur...
How Do I Replace The Reverse Lights?
Having trouble getting to the left reverse light on my GTI. Do I have to take out the entire tail light? How does one do this? The other bulbs are easily accessible. Thanks! --Joe (magnotti@email....