2005 Volkswagen GTI User Reviews

2005 Volkswagen GTI Review Ratings

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  • Performance:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 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:4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5
  • Overall: 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

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"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 8 reviews
"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"interior" 6 reviews
"speed" 5 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"fwd" 2 reviews

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pruster1 writes:
2005 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T Review
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5

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Simple, Sporty, Reliable

Cons

Getting up there in the years, feeling a little creaky these days

pruster1
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Great Mix Of Reliability And Sportiness — Title says it all. If you can find a low mileage MK4 GTI, I say scoop it up. No hesitation to recommend this vehicle. It's great on gas, engaging to drive, and feels all around solid. Handling is not the best.

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

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Anthony writes:
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good and sporty car

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2005 Gti Review — the volkswagon GTI is the most compact and sporty car in its class. you would zooom through the highway in tight corners the GTI has good handling and acceleration. the car is fun to drive on several occasions. it has to 2 door look with 2 seats in the front ant 2 more seats in the back i would truly suggest this car for younger people looking for speed at a low cost. you could hook up the car in many ways. the best car to buy!

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rhinothatflies writes:
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Small on the outside.  Big on the inside. Jack of all trades.  Great daily driver.  FUN to drive.  Practical with interior size and accessibility of space due to hatch and flat folding seats.  Good power, definitely a hot hatch.  Fuel economy has held up all these uears.  Well equipped and executed interior.

Cons

Ugly.  Jack of all trades, master of none.  Maintenance costs are higher than average due to it's European heritage but not as high as othrr European brands.  Lot's of electrical gremlins (charcteristic of all VAG models).  Stiff ride.

rhinothatflies
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Fun To Drive Semi-premium Daily Driver That Ages Gracefully Into A Great Beater. — Single college student who owned this car for seven years and REALLY put it through its paces. Get a newer Volkswagen GTI with four doors. Never buy another car again. It's a sharp swiss army knife. It can do small sports car, hatchback, wagon, and sedan; all that with a premium feel. It can be your daily driver, beater, distance driver, weekend toy, and small load hauler all at once. Great car to have in a city. Don't try to haul anything big with it. Higher than average maintenance cost that can be countered with proper upkeep. Enthusiasts in any one of the above mentioned categories will be less impressed...but Volkswagen stands for 'people's car' and this car tickles the different fancies and needs of EVERY person just right, just enough.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Robert writes:
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Good gas mileage, and this car looks sexy!

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Can't really think of any.  It is small on the inside if you have alot of people in it.

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German Engineering Is Pretty Good — Well the fact that I smashed it into a snow bank a few years ago, and now it needs new shocks kinda sucks. I been putting it off but it could really use some new ones. Oh and also I been wanting to put a new race clutch in it, but just havent quite got that done yet! VROOM VROOOM. Oh yea don't forget about the cold-air intake to!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Pat writes:
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Fun, tuneing possibilities, or your like for small cars

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you like bigger cars/engines, you want a cruiser, or you dont like tuneing

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Love It — For the performance of the Mk 4 Gti i have to give it a four because like with any car there is always that little somthing to be desired. For the things id ad would be give the front suspention a little more strength, Ive only put about 1g into the cars performance and already ive notice a big change. If i totally let it out in first the entire front end will somtimes bounce on me which is horrible so thatll be the next thing that i up grade. For the build quality i put a four simply because their are some parts on the car that if your not carful theyll easily break, like the clip for the armrest comartment, or the seatbelt bolt cover or even little parts under the hood. For all the majo parts however it is a solid build. For the apperence id have to give it a five though, other than lowering the car there isnt much you can do to it to make it look any sexier than it does. Sure you can get new wheels for it and pait your beauty but even without all that stuff and the stock wheels the mk4 just looks mean to me. I had enough money to go with the Mk 5 if i had wanted to but just somthing about the looks matched with the endlist tuneing of the 1.8t just made me want the mk4 more. Overall id have to give the Mk4 Gti a 4 out of 5. Its not the fastest or most agile car right of the lot but with a little love and a lot of dedication it can do almost anthing you want it to .

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

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VWDizzle2011 writes:
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Pros

love the heated seats. Great small project car. Has tons of room for potential. Great stock sound system. Fun to drive.

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window seals seem to give off some sort of black residue. Have ruined a couple good shirts by sticking my arm out the window on those great summer days.

VWDizzle2011
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A Great Starter Car — This is a great car for someone just starting to drive or someone who is looking to start/refresh their automotive maintenance skills. This car seems to start losing points in the fuel economy area, once you begin to travel over 70 MPH. Not sure if that's due to the high-running RPM's of the engine at that speed or just my driving habits.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Ben writes:
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Interior appointments, 1.8T acceleration, heated cloth sport seats, Monsoon Sound, Practicality Due to Hatchback configuration, interior Blue and red guages lit at night.

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Electrical gremlins, boxy and sedate styling, Golf styling, Golf Platform, FWD.

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The Orginal Pocket Rocket. — The GTI is based of the fourth generation golf platform. Main differences include: Sport Suspension, the availability of higher output engines (1.8T, VR6), Monsoon Sound, Moonroof, Sport Seats, Alloy Wheels and smoked tailights. The fourth generation GTI 1.8T is good vehicle, sporty, yet not harsh riding. It is very praticial due to its hatchback configurations. Backseats may be folded to extend cargo even further. One of the best traits of the vehicle is its 1.8T engine which has been awarded Ward's 10 best engines in previous years. This engine pulls strong from Idle to 5500RPM, output is 180HP and 173lbs ft of torque. This engine pushes passengers in back of their seats. It's that good. It also returns excellent gas mileage for a turbo engine. Mid 20s MPG. Nevertheless, the GTI does have some downfalls which include numerous electrical problems, mostly radio and working around the engine bay is very tight, resulting in scraps and cuts around fingers and hands. It also looks like a GOLF. There are no real appearance differences to differientate the GTI and GOLF. So the GTI in some cases falls below the attractive radar.

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Kevin writes:
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Build quality, ride, performance, brakes, handling, the lot.

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Nothing.

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Excellent Entry Sports Car. — Absolutely brilliant build quality that only the Germans can offer. Loads of torque from the turbocharged straight-4. Shiftable automatic gearbox with five forward speed. Sometimes I feel the it could benefit from a sixth gear, but being that it is tuned for performance, it will naturally have shorter gears. Very fast car, and will get to 155MPH easily. And when your doing that speed, you don't worry cause the handing is very good.

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

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Tyler writes:
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Heated Seats

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Front wheel drive has its limits in a sports car

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2005 Gti — Well put together car.Tranny is smooth as silk, which is rare in a manual 4cyl. Gas mileage is respectable. Turbo spools quickly and gets the car moving at a good pace. Over-all drive is fun. Interior quality is excellent for the price. BMW type feel.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Jody writes:
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the interior design and it's  turbo charged

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fuel consumption

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Survive Your Drive In A G5 — car handles well, has all the extras you would want in a car with good performance to go with it. it is stylish yet it still has that race apeal giving you the best of both worlds on the track as well as on the road.

Primary Use: Family transportation

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