2003 Volkswagen GTI Overview


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4.65 stars

Based on 58 reviews

Best Car Ever by mrbliss72
 — I love this car just as much as I did the day I drove it off the lot. In fact, I feel just as "cool" driving it today at age 34 as I did when I bought it at age 24. This car is simply beautiful. I ... Read More
King Of The Hot-hatches by Max
 — This car was, at the time i first drove it, my dream car. The 6 Speed manual just felt so good, and really accented the 200HP VR6 motor nicely. I was amazed at truly how fast this thing was, and am ... Read More
Happy Anniversary by Mike
 — I would have to say, this car is about as close to perfect as is possible w/ stepping on Audi toes. The seating is sporty as all get-out without being un-livable in the day-to-day; the ride is tau... Read More

2003 Volkswagen GTI Overview

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2003 Volkswagen GTI

Minor upgrades were made to the Volkswagen GTI models for 2003. The steering wheel, hand brake, and shift knob were wrapped in leather, for instance, and the side-curtain airbags got extra padding.

The GTI lineup consisted of two trim packages. The base model was the 1.8T, which was equipped with a turbocharged 180-horsepower, 1.8-liter 4-cylinder engine that was linked to a five-speed manual transmission (a five-speed automatic was optional). Kicking things up a notch was the GTI VR6, which came with a 2.8-liter six-cylinder engine that generated 200 horsepower. It was linked to a six-speed manual transmission.

Standard features included anti-lock brakes, a CD player, air conditioning, power windows, power door locks, cruise control, a tilt/telescopic steering column, keyless remote entry, and an anti-trap device in the trunk. Options included a power sunroof, heated front seats, and a CD changer. The 1.8T also came with traction control, while the VR6 was equipped with a stability control system with electronic brake assistance. A power sunroof, heated front seats, and a CD changer were among the options.

The GTI's acceleration, handling, styling, and safety features were cited as positive points by drivers. However, reliability issues were noted by a few drivers.


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