Based on 261 Ratings for the 1999 - 2005 models.Review this car
By jacques tootite on Saturday, October 25, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 99,000overall rating 8 of 10rating details
Pros: "fun to drive, very comfy seats"
Cons: "gas mileage could be better"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 8
"My 2005 GTI has been a good vehicle. It is comfortable and fun to drive. It is quite fast and handles well. I would be more enthusiastic if I had not owned a Honda CRX Si previously. The GTI is both faster and more comfortable but the Honda due to its lighter weight was much more fun. And it got 30 MPG. The GTI regularly turns in 20 MPG which is not bad for a performance car but again I was spoiled by the Honda. I bought it used with 35,000 miles on it and it now is close to 100,000. I have replaced the tires, battery and brakes but I consider that to be routine maintenance. I also had to replace the catalytic converter not long ago. I have never had to do that on any other car but I figure once you are over 90,000 miles pretty much anything can and will break. I will be doing the timing chain when I bring it in for servicing again. But although this is an expensive repair it is part of routine maintenance. All in all it is a very good budget sports car that is well disguised. The earlier models do not have any flashy red badges so they look like a regular car (unless you pay attention to the larger wide tires.) I have gotten out of a ticket once or twice by incredulously looking at the policeman who had clocked me and saying "In a Volkswagen Golf? Are you sure that thing is working properly?" If I did not miss my CRX (hands down the greatest most fun car I have ever driven) my ratings would be much higher"
3 people out of 16 found this review helpful
By VWorNothing on Sunday, October 12, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 184,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Hot hatch handles on rails!"
Cons: "neglect maint. and it will punish you!"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Take care of her and she will take care of you. I've seen these roll up to 600K YES SIX HUNDRED THOUSAND MILES ON THE ORIGINAL ENGINE!"
3 people out of 4 found this review helpful
By Jacko on Wednesday, April 23, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 190,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"Done regular service and still running with original engine (heads/values); transmission and clutch - only replaced water pumps; serpentine belts, brake pads and air filters. Utterly, the most reliable car we've owned - with a big plus on the entertainment side - good and comfortable driver."
13 people out of 23 found this review helpful
By Charlie mireles on Saturday, February 15, 2014
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 101,000overall rating 10 of 10rating details
Pros: "Great car"
Cons: "Needs trany work"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 7
"Until some hit me needs trany work. It's all ready out. Has new transaxle new rear end and front end has no hood must sell"
11 people out of 19 found this review helpful
By hackrebel on Thursday, December 05, 2013
I own this car - My approximate mileage is 85,000overall rating 5 of 10rating details
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 1
"i bought this in jan of 2013 at 74K ... within 6 months, i had to replace the exhaust (about $400). ok, stuff happens. at november of the same year, i was driving on the highway and, without warning, the timing belt blew. that was at 84k+ ... was told, over the period of a few days, little by little, that i now needed a new engine as the timing belt blowout scarred the valves and ruined the motor. that bill came to $4500 ... i'm in the process of waiting to get it back from repair, but now i'm already anxious to drive it. i love the car, it's fun to drive and looks great, and is the perfect size for me and my needs. but now who knows? i've read online that there was a class action lawsuit in early 2000 re: bad timing belts going without warning and before the required checkup. just a word of warning to those looking to buy: make sure the timing belt is checked, as that will wreak serious havoc on your engine and finances."
13 people out of 25 found this review helpful