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2003 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen GTI Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 56 reviews

  • Performance: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
  • Appearance: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
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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PROS
"power" 21 reviews
"ride" 20 reviews
"speed" 18 reviews
"fuel economy" 16 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"expensive part" 4 reviews

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Mikey writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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Pros

Fun to drive.  Great power and handling.  Beautiful interior and cute exterior

Cons

It's only a matter of luck if you get a lemon or not.  The reliability is in great question.  If you're in luck, it's the best car you'll ever drive.  If not, it's the most expansive car you'll ever drive.

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The 20th Anniversary Gti — I owned and drove the beautiful 03 20th anniversary edition GTI for 5 years. Performance: right at 3000 RPM, the turbo kicks in and the driver can feel a gush of power coming from the drive chain. With the 6 speed standard, has excellent acceleration. The braking was in perfect balance harmony with the car. Drivers with excellent footwork and braking technique will enjoy driving this car on a day to day basis. Interior: the GTi 20th Anniversary is... if not has one of the most beautiful interior... the most beautiful interior of all cars. From leather steering wheel, leather shift boots, leather E-brake cover, red trim on the seat belt, aluminum interior, racing style paddles, VW pays attention to some of the finest detail to the car's interior. Gas mileage: the 1.8T gives an out put of 180 HP. It gives a decent mileage for a car with this kind of power and weight. A full tank of 55 liter can go about 500+ KM. The GTI uses Premium gas. Build Quality: The Mk4 VW is under criticism from many car lovers and drivers alike. Its quality and reliability has been under question. Many of their products have serious drive chain problems. Many of my friends drive MK4 VW and they all have the same criticism of it, the transmission. The VW has a history of great reliable cars. Unfortunately for the MK4, their drive chain is absolutely unreliable. Worst of all, the vw warranty doesn't cover the clutch and fly wheel. The transmission has a tendency to miss its gear. Buying the GTI is really a matter of luck. The Mexican made VW could be a lemon or a great car. Drivers who consider the VW should always consider a possibility of an expensive repair bill.

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Stephen writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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5

Pros

Rock solid motor, quick and great in snow!

Cons

Expensive to buy/repair

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Golf V6 4motion — Rock Solid Motor its not a poxy gti but they never had this one on the list its the V6 4Motion 2.8 24v 205bhp tonnes of torque and 4wd. Fully loaded climate leather the lot! Fast enough 2 beat 99% off the lights and rock solid build quality best car ever owned and driven!!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Agnieszka writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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5

Pros

FUN FUN FUN!

Cons

Expensive parts :|

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German Engeneering , 'nuff Said — 180HP is ok for a fun drive, but not enough to push you into the seat. It's awesome to hear that sound of turbo, yet - going from first to second gear seems to take forever . No major repairs needed so far () , just replaced ABS sensor , that's about it. 6-year old car proves that it's worth to buy limited edition cars. They are just that much better :)

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

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Helen writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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5

Pros

great fuel economy

Cons

small electrical problems, doesn't like the cold

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Golf Gti 2003 — With studded snow tyres it sticks to the road like glue! It does have low clearence but still does great in the snow. With the 6 speed turbo, it powers up the mountain passes at 90mph easy. For a relativly small car, (in america) it has a ton of room, so stuff and people. I can get my bike in the back and skis too.

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Mohamed writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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5

Pros

performance, looks, handling

Cons

not enough room for more than 3 grown adults.

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My First Real Sports Car — Love the power, the look, the handling. Not enough room though if you want to take your friends out. I have never been disappointed when racing random people. On the highway the fuel economy is surprisingly good. I average about 28 MPG on the highway and about 24 MPG city. It has the best combination in terms of drivetrain: VR6 engine and 6-Speed Manual Transmission!! :-)

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Clayton writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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5

Pros

Good looks and great price

Cons

wish it was all wheel drive.

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Sporty Hatchback Gone Wild — The 20th Anniversary GTI has all the benefits of building a car from the Audi and VW parts bin. The car in stock form is sporty and comfortable. Small electronic items have been replaced like sensors and coilpacks. A very fun car stock but a BLAST when tuned. Mileage is 18-20mpg driven in anger and 35mpg driving miss daisy on the highway.

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Anthony writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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5

Pros

everything

Cons

nothing!

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Fun As Hell — love it.. glad i got it! perfect year, not one vw problem ever! Performance accelerates smoothly, brakes quickly and smoothly, handles awesome. Build quality has needed nothing! Apperance perfect mix Cost of ownership 33mpg! Fun factor This car is a blast to drive! will take it anywhere i go without hesitation

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Rick writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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4

Pros

Reliable, fun, quick

Cons

Build quality

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2003 20th Anniversary Gti — My 20th was quick, and with the REVO chip, it would get places in a hurry. Bigger brakes and a stiffer suspension over a regular gti were pluses, but being a hatch it liked to get light in the back end (you can fix this by stomping on the gas through a turn, feels weird at first but its all about weight transfer). Its a vw so squeaks weren't on the top of my list of concerns, and most of the problems with it were covered under warranty. It looked great and the 18s were hot, but it was still a gti to some people. Interior was amazing, with recaros wrapping you through turns and an all black interior which just looked amazing. I got about 27-30 mpg driving conservatively, but once I started to rip on it, seeing 20-23mpg was not uncommon. I had a warranty covering most of the problems, but with only 70k miles, the car already needed transmission work (not even my fault, one of the forks broke), and other minor headaches. The car was a blast, and I would not hesitate to recommend it to anyone else, but with german cars, the labor is not cheap so when something breaks, be prepared if you can't do it yourself.

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Chelsea writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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5

Pros

Speed

Cons

Highway mileage not so good...

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4.5 Stars — Heated seats, sunroof, 60/40 split rear seats, city gas mileage is great! I've put just under 40,000km on in the first year and have had the inner CV Joints replaced, new tires, the left outer CV Joint replaced and the Struts (makes you wonder what and where I drive to eh?) It's been pretty good to me so far...

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Max writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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5

Pros

Good acceleration with the VR6, handles like a missile, and in my opinion looks good while doing it...

Cons

Poor fuel economy compared to other cars in its class, and most people think its ugly...

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King Of The Hot-hatches — 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 still surprised at how well they do against cars that would seem to overpower them by a long shot. As far as front wheel drive cars go, the handling in this is about as true as it gets. Very little under steer through turns, and the ability to swing the back end out if your desire really make this thing a fun piece of machinery. To add to all those good things, its practical too! Plenty of interior space and a massive trunk are very convenient for long trips, and make this car an overall good bet.

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