2003 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

2003 Volkswagen GTI Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 58 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
"ride" 22 reviews
"power" 22 reviews
"speed" 19 reviews
"fuel economy" 17 reviews
"handling" 10 reviews
CONS
"power" 5 reviews
"fuel economy" 4 reviews
"expensive car" 4 reviews
"expensive part" 4 reviews
"ride" 4 reviews

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2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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5

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great fuel economy,fast,realiable and sporty.

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not for a family...lol

dblbcb
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Best Little Car I Have Owned — This car never let me down...great commuter car with awesome fuel econ and fun to drive. Very sporty and fun. Fast and sharp. Would drive this car to the end of the earth and back...handles well. If performance and realiability are what you are in need of ...VW has done it with this one.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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Very fun, enjoyable car.  Fit and finish is fantastic.

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Can be unrealiable at times.

Pureevil81
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Fun And Fast. — Actively searched for this model and year. The engine is fantastic, as I mainly use this for track/autocross use. Car can take the abuse and the engine is able to hold at least double the factory HP, with just a few mods.

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

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2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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Everything.  Looks, power, handling - this car has it all.

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It's really hard to get my 2 month old in and out of the back seat..

mrbliss72
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Best Car Ever — 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 still get stopped by people almost every time I go out because they comment on the color or the "like new" look of my GTI. I've never seen another car this color. VWs Jazz Blue is simply stunning... At the age of 10, I still can catch a wheel in 3rd gear, beat most of these idiot teenagers off the line, and get up to 120 mph on the highway if I want to and she feels the same as she did when she was 1. Most of my friends are buying BMWs and "Dad Cars", but I want to keep this forever. I only have a 2 car garage though..hopefully I can make that mil real soon, get a house with a 3 car garage, car cover this baby and keep her forever..

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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breedawg4 writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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Fun little car.  Great for VW enthusiasts.  Car styling is great.  1.8t engine very reliable

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small

breedawg4
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20ae — This car is a great little commuter car for the enthusiast. Came with sport body kit, sport wheels, suspension, brakes and interior trim. Car is fun and quick. Just very small, but you want a GTI you know what youre getting. 150k miles and still going strong.

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

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Serpicowasright writes:
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Quick car with low good end power. Good MPG

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Parts can be expensive and issues begin at 100,000 miles. Expect to replace various parts after 100,000 (Timing belt, fuel pump, fuel filter, coilpacks, coolant temp sensor, oildipstick tube, etc.)

Serpicowasright
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The 2003 Vw Gti — Overall this car is a nice peppy ride, it's quick but I would'nt say it's fast. It's a great young person car as it get's good gas mileage and has plenty of space with the hatchback and fold down seats to pack a fair amount of stuff. The handling is good for a FWD econo car with a little more pep then your average hatchback in America. Problems do begin at the higher miles due to wear and tear, expect additional problems with the automatic versions.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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McKay writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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Most fun to drive / best-looking combo in this price range

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Not a Porsche, super-stiff suspension not so good for bad concrete or old people

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Hot Looks Plus Super-fun To Drive Is A One-two Punch Ko — Best-looking hatchback on the market, in my opinion. Better design than Audi, Lexus or any other hatchback you can buy. Love the interior trim as well. I really wish VW would go back to this look for their brand new GTIs -- the new GTIs still look slightly Japanese. And nobody wants them -- witness VW's 0% APR financing offers for their new cars. That's why older models are more valuable, in my opinion.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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konokate writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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Speed, Handling, Looks, reliability

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A little Heavy

konokate
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Vr6 Is Awesome — Great Car. Never let me down. tons of power. Leather has held up great. Six Speed is great for having options in lower RPM. Always Amaze me how mcuh I can fit into this car. I wish it was a little lighter and it would take off like a demon.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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zina writes:
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perfect handling and power as well as fuel economy.

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expensive parts.

zina
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Pocket Rocket. — one of the best in it's class you would ever experience while you are still feeling young. german solid built, european quality in every detail. hard rock chasis and small yet strong engine, perfect size for a single driver. a lot of extras and luxury in an affordable sport car. last long 300k miles. enjoy .

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fast car

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doesnt have 4 doors

fanda94
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Excellent For Sport Car — this car is very confort to drive short or long distance. the GTI is very fast on need to get awaanger very safe on the road excellent for every day use or for fun days execellent for a single person

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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