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2004 Volkswagen GTI

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Information shown for entry-level Hatchback.

Fuel Economy:
City 21/Hwy 28/Comb 24 MPG
Max Seating: 5
Engine: 4-Cyl, Turbo, 1.8 Liter Transmission: Manual, 5-Spd
Country of Origin: Germany Country of Assembly: Brazil

2004 Volkswagen GTI Consumer Reviews

Overall Rating
8.7
Out of 10

Based on 267 Ratings for the 1999 - 2005 models.

Review this car
  • Value
    8.9/10
    Quality
    8.9/10
  • Reliability
    8.7/10
    Performance
    9.3/10
  • Comfort
    9.0/10
    Styling
    9.1/10

Best car I ever bought. Getting another one.

By on Tuesday, June 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 200,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "Great power, great handling, great quality."

Cons: "Plastic headlights"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"200,000 miles and still going strong. Love this car. Only thing I would change is to make the headlights glass instead of plastic people. Plastic fades after a decade."

5 people out of 11 found this review helpful

Great car no real problems after 10 years

By on Saturday, June 06, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 153,000

10 8.0
overall rating 8 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
8/10
Value
8/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
8/10

Pros: "relaibility, fun to drive,"

Cons: "engine cooling system"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is the 4th GTI I have owned. I have had several VW's over the years this is by far the best one I have owned."

5 people out of 10 found this review helpful

Like the car-Hate the problems

By on Thursday, May 21, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 86,500

10 5.0
overall rating 5 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
5/10
Value
5/10
Reliability
3/10
Quality
7/10
Performance
8/10
Styling
7/10
Comfort
6/10

Pros: "Drives & handles well"

Cons: "MONEY PIT"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 3

"I've had this car for about 10 years and in just about every one of those years, something goes wrong with it. It's my understanding that the first 2 years of the MK IV models are especially problematic, although most VW cars are anyway. Admittedly, I may have been stuck with a lemon; I've sunk more than the car's current value in misc. repairs over the years and am just about to head to the shop yet again. I love the way the car drives and handles, and it's just new enough to offer all the convenience features one would want. The build is solid (unlike the MK V models, which feel flimsy), the engine is torquey and somewhat quick and it's fun to drive, but the constant problems are a major downer. The only real complaint I have about the interior is that the seat gets uncomfortable on long trips. Problems are never anything major; the drivetrain is fine-it's generally what's tacked onto it: the water pump, power steering pump, clutch, etc. It also has random electrical gremlins, ie the engine light comes on, then goes off just as mysteriously. Sometimes opening the door or turning the dome light on causes a "boot lid open" warning to appear on the LCD dash readout. I don't mind normal maintenance, but when a car is this prone to problems, it basically makes me never want to buy another VW again, and I likely won't."

6 people out of 14 found this review helpful

It's number #3543 out of 4000 that was shipped

By on Tuesday, April 14, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 140,000

10 9.0
overall rating 9 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
9/10
Value
9/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
Not Rated

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9

"My VW has the APR-F04 turbo system, also Air cooling system, also the full HI PO Exhaust, My GTI is a rocket."

4 people out of 8 found this review helpful

love this car, recomend to others.

By on Monday, March 30, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 176,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
9/10
Quality
9/10
Performance
9/10
Styling
10/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "engine, looks, performance, reliability, fun"

Cons: "parts expensive, hard to work on."

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"Love my gti 1.8t. Its quick and handled great even when it was stock and is even better after i've modified it. It has been reliable as far as normal wear and tear on a car with 176k on the odometer and very little rust. Love the interior design. Vw deffenitly over engineered this car and it shows. Cons- hard to work on for DIY and parts can be expensive if you dont know were to look. Small back seat. Also there are alot of comon problems with this year so check the forums to know what to look for when buying. Pros- good looking, great ride and handling. The most fun car ive ever owned and even after i have modified it i still get great gas milage and use it to comute to work and college. Also there is alot of trunk space once you fold down the rear seats. This car is worth buying if it is in good condition and has been maintained, but if its in bad condtion id say keep looking for a different one. And if you are planning on buying id recomend one with the cloth recaro seat."

5 people out of 8 found this review helpful

Greatest car i have ever driven

By on Tuesday, March 10, 2015

I own this car - My approximate mileage is 145,000

10 10.0
overall rating 10 of 10rating details

Reviewer Ratings

Overall Rating
10/10
Value
10/10
Reliability
10/10
Quality
10/10
Performance
10/10
Styling
8/10
Comfort
10/10

Pros: "quick, safe, decent looking"

Cons: "no cup holders"

Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10

"This is by-far the greatest vehicle i have ever owned. it's quick, great on gas, and easy to modify. Not only do you get a great car, but you should also know that you get to be a part of a VW community who is always willing to help and better your vehicle and driving capabilities."

1 person out of 3 found this review helpful

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