2002 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

2002 Volkswagen GTI Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars4.5 out of 5 stars 4.5 / 5
  • Appearance:4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars4.7 out of 5 stars 4.7 / 5

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"ride" 19 reviews
"power" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 14 reviews
"speed" 12 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
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"expensive car" 7 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"suspension" 3 reviews
"speed" 3 reviews
"headliner" 2 reviews

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Sean writes:
2002 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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It is all around an enjoyable car.

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Volkswagen electronics are going to fail.

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Amazing — This car is my baby. I love it. I has a great balance of performance and comfort without costing me tons of money. The car is very responsive. It handles great, smooth gear box and it is very quick. I would recommend this car to anyone who is looking for their first sports car.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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look great, power and tons of parts to tuned

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steering response

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'02 Gti 1.8t Boost 17psi — bad sterring response, need better suspension, tires and alignement, everything else is hot! powerful when chipped, hard metal, good places for the speakers. dealer parts are not so expensive, fun to drive, no rattle, little road noise. great option not on base model.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Nick writes:
2002 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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Power, styling, excelent transmission.

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Has some blind spots and being used to and AWD car or rear engine/RWD car the FWD powertrain is intimidating.

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The Verdict's Not Yet In. — This is a new car to me and as it is my first FWD car I am very much trying to get used to it, I think it has potential but it also scares me to push it hard. I'm expecting that this coming summers Street X season should help get me a little more comfortable with a high hp ff layout handling wise. In a straight line the car is great, plenty of pull, the 6 sp is one of the best shifting transmissions I have ever used. After participating in 2 street-x events so far this season I would say I am more comfortable with this car. first event I took 2nd place in my class (street touring fwd) and second event I took first place. it does have a tendency to understeer if the tires are cold and under heavy braking. however once the tires are warm it grips well even lifting the rear inner tire through turns causing a mild oversteer. The upgraded brakes are amazing. I am happier with this car than I first thought I would be but in my overall oppinion it still dosn't touch on RWD or AWD in terms of what I am used to. After my 3rd and last auto-x for the 2013 season I am no longer fighting the car, driver modification was what was needed. I will be keeping this car for a long time to come with plenty more power and performance mods to come.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Michael writes:
2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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i <3 VW&turbos

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if you cant afford it loll

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Wouldnt Trade It For A Ferrari — i love my car, lol. the only thing i hate is the little things. for example, i cant just replace the one control arm bushing i have to replace the whole control arm. the first thing you wanna do is delete the pvc system and secondary air pump, get a decent reflash and you'll never want anything else haha.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Raymond writes:
2002 Volkswagen GTI 337 Review
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Fast, safe, handles amazing, powerful

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No subwoofer.... yet...

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Its A 337!!!! — It's a 337 limited edition... nuff said! tat means bbs rims and recaros Shawn Vanneer built it, solid man builds solid cars. Kinetic's turbo kit with CAI and FMI at 21psi Bosch 640 cc injectors Forged internals and a 20v head with titanium springs Audi brakes (big) with racing pads Depo and hella smoked lenses and hid Body is immaculate, wax it weekly! Great on gas if you drive it easy, and sometimes you wonder if something ripped your gas tank after you rip/race it hard for a while... Bilstein and neuspeed racing cupkit Custom double rear sway bar AHHHHH WORDS CAN'T DISCRIBE MY BABE!!! Its a very very enjoyable car. Rather have this than an m3 or a porsche 911 (cuz its faster than them too) One down side, oil changes every 3000km, but only cuz i love her. She deserves the best of the best!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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David writes:
2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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Balance between performance and function

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Speeding Tickets

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Gti's Are Amazing Cars, Definitely One Of The Better Cars In The Hot Hatch Market — The 1.8 turbo is a phenomenal motor, a nice balance between power and fuel economy. I avg 25-28mpg in mixed driving. The car handles great in the twisties, it's light, nimble, and the Anti-Slip Regulation allows me to drive in the rain with confidence, wheel spin isn't a big issue. It's also got a lot of creature comforts, When u lock the car from the remote the sunroof and the windows come up. Both windows go down all the way or up all the way with the lightest push of a button. Also the build quality is solid, the interior is roomy, I will definitely have this car for a while

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Charlie1208 writes:
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Acceleration, handling, smooth gear shifts, cargo space, mileage (28 city/31 hwy)

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Back seats can hold adults but not for long rides.

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Street-legal Rally Car. — Nothing to dislike. Interior is typical VW quality. It's just fun to drive! Great acceleration! Takes some getting used to the turbo kick. Handles very well. Corners like it's on rails. Shifting is smooth and allows power to flow without hesitation. Plenty of cargo space, especially when rear seats are folded down.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Lulama writes:
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4

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speed, comfort , nice family car although its old but it holds its own ground against 'newer' cars ...very fun to drive ,nimble

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front suspension, turbo lag

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Gti Forever — handle it with care ,, it will definitely take care of you . First time I own a GTI with this one and its definitley not the last GTI in my sights. GTI 35 edition next. Gas consumption depends on your diving style , but its good. Not costly to own but the front suspension is weak man , ball joints,shocks have a short lifespan.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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Garrett_VR6 writes:
2002 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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Cornering and handling, ride is actually very comfortable, will beat a car seven years newer of the same caliber, looks great, the sound system is extremely satisfying, and it will make you a VW freak.

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juuuussstttt a tiny boring sheet metal, doesn't rev to nine like the Si, gotta manipulate the clutch to make it jump right off the line.

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Best Car I've Owned, Looks A Bit Like A Sleeper, And Really Is A Killer. — I am a person who came from the normal car, ya know, the guy in the old yukon on his way to work. My best friend has a brand new Civic Si, and I drive it regularly. I wanted to buy a car that would compete, and I have to say, its the best car ive ever owned, and I'll never buy anything but a Volkswagen again. my 2002 will out-accelerate his 2009 Civic Si, it will out-maneuver it, and its better in braking. true, the Civic feels like you're driving a spaceship, but I hate the harsh ride and crude suspension and seats. the build quality is great. no squeaks, no rattles, no cheap pieces falling off, VW even thought out the feeling of the key. The exterior looks simple, and mean at the same time. I gladly set it in front of my house without worrying about baddies bashing it with bats & such. what I mean is, its not brash enough where people will hate you for owning one. The gas milage is actually very good out of a car that can move like this. Its like an athelete who always seems to not be thirsty til the whole thing is over. But honestly, I am a huge car guy, and there are very few vehicles I've driven that are this much fun. the Corvette Z06 is one of them.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Daniel writes:
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Feel, performance, handling, looks.

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High-maintenance, not many shops work on VWs.

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Best Car I've Ever Had. — You probably won't understand a VW unless you've actually owned one. The commercials that say "Once you get into a Volkswagen, it gets into you" are spot on. If you've ever owned a modern-day VW, you may understand that. One of the best things about VWs is the way they feel. You get in, and its like everything is right where it's supposed to be, there isn't anything loose, nothing out of place, and everything works together perfectly. That's the best way I know how to describe it. One of the worst things about VWs is that they are a different animal when it comes to working on them. I personally love working on mine, but most mechanics (automotive technicians) won't touch them.

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1983 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

Awesome By Alex

Great fun car if you like your classic hot hatches. Well worth searching for a good example as there are a few old dogs out there (fine if your looking for a project). Certainly a head turner and gr... Read More

A 30 Years Love Affair By Dimitri

The definitive hot hatch still cuts it, it's light, agile even though the brakes have never been one of its strongest points. Safe, fast, small, airy, a real delight to drive it on B roads. 2 more at ... Read More

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1984 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

Das Auto!! By Dave

was just a cool gti!!quick and agile and loved the way it cocked a wheel when cornering really hard,it was the sort of car that never looked like it was fast but loved its overall handling,performance... Read More

84 Gti By Sheb

love the car, its lightweight, decent power, and really nimble. great for autocross, ice racing, or just carving up the local roads. lots of potential for mods as well, from oem+ to full blown scc... Read More

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1985 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

Love It, Will Drive It Until It Explodes! By Flash728

This car is GREAT! It's very quick, light, and it handles like a go-cart! The only issues I've encountered is (with age) little things start falling apart, such as the sunroof no longer seals pro... Read More

1985 Gti By Will

Performance- 8 sec. 0-60, typical braking, impressively quick in turns. Build quality- The car is a great low maintenance performer. Cost of owner ship- Great gas milage about 35 mpg. Fun factor- Th... Read More

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1986 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

Fun, Awesome Fuel Mileage, Wicked In The Snow... By Brent

There's really nothing I don't like about this car... It's the MOST FUN car I've owned... Handles gravel and snow and ice covered roads like a hot knife through butter... Would love to convert mine to... Read More

Great If You Know How To Work On Them. I Have Alot Of Good Memories In This Car. By gsidley

a little under power but can beat alot of cars through 3rd gear. handels like it is on rails. i have been driving this gti for ten years. i love it will never get rid of it! it's a blast Read More

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1987 Volkswagen GTI Reviews

Get One You Will Fall In Love With Vw By Omar

great little car very roomy for a hatch nack very quick and agil used by many enthusiast for rally, cirquit,drag and more it has always been one of my all time favorites and is still in production ... Read More

Handles Great, Loud And Low By Kevin

Build Quality: Alternator bracket likes to loosen itself up Car Comparisons: Its a VW nothing else compared to it Performance: It got angry on the dyno and decided to leak coolant everywhere, but it... Read More

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