2003 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

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Helen writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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great fuel economy

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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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Pureevil81 writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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4

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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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Mikey writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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Fun to drive.  Great power and handling.  Beautiful interior and cute exterior

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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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mrbliss72 writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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5

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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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Darla writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary Edition Review
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Speedy, looks nice, guaranteed to get many looks on the road.

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Can't think of one reason not to buy it!

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Happy Anniversary! — This car is awesome... but there's always room for improvement. As far as performance goes, it's really nice. The car drives really well, it's super zippy (thanks to a small but effective turbo) and picks up really nicely. As far as the appearance, I think it's beautiful. However, it'd look better with a different grille. It also looks very smooth with the spoiler (as opposed to other models that come without them - they look somehow incomplete). And the quality! The GTI is built in a way that makes perfect sense. A lot of people discourage the purchase of German cars because repairs are complicated and/or expensive... I haven't had any problems with unaffordable repairs or things we're unable to fix without a mechanic's help. All in all, it's a smart buy and a fun drive.

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

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Tyler writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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Fun to drive, Hot hatch looks, Nice and solid build quality

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Excessive body lean in fast turns, expensive to maintain

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Great Car! — This car is AWESOME! It does burn outs for days, and it looks cool in a german understated sort of way. The interior with the 5 speed, leather seats, sun roof, and Monsoon stereo made it feel like a luxo German yaht, but it drove like a F1 car. It also gets pretty good gas mileage for a turbo, with the 1.8. However, when you need to get it fixed, it'll usually cost a pretty penny to get you back on the road.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Paul writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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4

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Quick, more room than you think (for family/friends), reliable motor if taken care of. I don't want to call it a luxary car but it's smooth and comfortable.

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If you're looking to race, look around for a different car. Don't get me wrong now. This car is quick and with a few bucks and some mods this car will smoke alot of things, but VW is all about easy driving. Don't hurt this car and race it too much. Take care of it, and it will take care of you :)

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Good Vehicle. I Would Recommend To Those Possibly Looking Into The Car. — The performance is remarkable for the car that it is. It's small and lightweight so the hp/weight ratio is awesome. The build quality is alright. There are some things that i don't like about the body that I don't like but only for repair reasons. It still has a quaint sporty look to it. Exterior paint is in pristine condition. Few scratches but only if you're really looking for them. There is a "slight" dent in the rear fender but it's LITERALLY nothing. Interior is a two tone red/black cloth seats. Not a single tear. It's always kept up. Gas mileage is awesome. I ride anywhere I want and I don't use that much gas at all. It's incredible. Is this car fun to drive? Oh my gosh, yes. In fact last weekend me and Wild picked up some honeys one night in it but that's besides the point. So would I recommend this car to people? Yes! Absolutely :)

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Jaymie writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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5

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its manual

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too expensive to maintain

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Turbooo — kinda slow. but you can always makee it faster. it also needs to be lowered. and im putting strobes in. what i dislike is the fact its so expensive to maintiain. its such a fun car to drive when your on an open road.

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Max writes:
2003 Volkswagen GTI VR6 Review
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5

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

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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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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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