"The only flaw that his car has is the cloth on the cieling. It would be rubber not cloth.
Other than that your getting a lot of bang for your buck. I am convinced this car is truely is a poor man's BMW. It is great."
"I can easily take another 10 grand and get a better car, but the better car would still not get the gas mileage my 2.8 liter VR6 gets so whats better, really the truth is this car is perfect ive went head to head with so called faster cars and left them in the dust do to the perfect torque sweet spot! if you have drivin one enough you would know stand still to highway driving its perfect. There is not that much difference between a VW and an Audi and thats the beauty of it I feel that VW is stuck in between economy and luxury whitch is perfect for me pay a little bit more and get just what I want and keep it for longer im a car guy which is a problem for me until I found my cure ive owned her for three years and if if the engine blows 300,000 miles from now I will replace it because I have found my car for life...."
"this car rocks. when i first bought it i was looking for a fast, good looking, reliable car. and i certainly found it. i have had the gti for over a year and have never had a single problem with anything. of course there is the regular rutine keep up, oil changes, tiers. ect. but that is a must with any car. i've put over 20,000 miles on this car since i've had it and i still have had NO problems."
"I bought this car new and have had it for almost 6 years. As far as reliablility is concerned, this car is the best I have ever owned. I have not had a single problem with this car. No squeaks, no engine problems, no broken off plastic bits, nothing at all...and this car has over 85000 miles! All I do is take it in for its scheduled maintenance and it rewards me with rock solid dependability.
Engine (VR6) is smooth and can move the car quickly when needed. Always sufficient power on tap. Fun car to drive around in.
Interior is elegant and durable. Dash/window sills are still as black as it was when I first bought the car, leather has stayed nice and is of high quality.
If I must find fault with this car...
There might be legroom problems if you happen to be on the tall side. I, however, am 6'3" but don't mind the tight space because I prefer a very forward and upright driving position. Not everyone finds this a comfortable position though.
There are three areas where the car has begun to wear: 1)steering wheel leather has lost its luster 2)side bulster has worn from rubbing when exiting car 3)driver side door handle is peeling a bit from use.
Clutch is a little rubbery and takes a little more effort to shift than other cars (eg Acura), but it's an adjustment that can be easily made after a little time with the car.
Minor problems in my book, and probably common to all cars driven over 85000 miles."
"I love the way it looks, but it had a few recall issues the power windows (fell into the doors 3 times). Had problems with the coils (recall) Had problems twice with the air conditoner not working. The plastic trim around the dash and on the inside doors peels away a top layer. The moon roof drains stopped up and flooded the carpet and ceiling liner."
"I bought this car 2 yrs. ago for ten grand. Since then I have replaced (due to failure) the alternator, battery, serpentine belt, window reset on track, pulley tensioner, and had two front shocks rebuilt (see below). The guy who owned the car prior to my purchase installed 17" BBS wheels, Michelin Pilot Sport tires, HID headlights, 2 chassis rollbars (and one across the trunk), a cold air intake, and a set of 4 Bilstein PSS9 coilover fully adjustable shocks (2 grand for the set).
Ever since I purchased the vehicle, the check engine light was always on. My mechanic said it was nothing major. I recently purchased a Bosch 80 month battery that exceeds the stock CCA's, and, miraculously, the check engine light has not come back on since (one month now).
Beauty inside and out. The bright blue gauges stand out and are easy to see behind the steering wheel. Black leather/dash/mats is nice. When clean this car looks hot ! Mine is red and I find myself staring her down every time I get out. Both the front and back seats are comfortable. Entry/exit is easy and unobtrusive. A real horn ! 6 way front seat adjustability. 1 touch window control. (Small) Sunglass holder on driver side and grab bar for passenger.
Performance has been great. With this suspension setup, the car turns on rails, with nary a chirp from the tires. Unfortunately, the redline kicks in (6500rpm) RIGHT after the peak in the powerband (6250 rpm). The car will rev to 7 grand before cutoff, but I try not to do that very often. Third gear is the strongest. Running through the 1st few gears will net a non-economic 17-19 mpg, but baby shift to fifth and cruise at 35-45 mph and you will be rewarded with 27-30mpg. Not bad for 174 HP. Just don't discount the fact that she only drinks Dom Perignon at the pump (premium only!).
Performance add-ons are abundant for this car. Ten grand will bump it up to 500 HP, but you can tack on another 75 HP for about 700 bucks.
All weather ? Yes ! Slap some rain-x on the windshield and some nice ultra-high performance all season tires (runnin' Continental Extreme right now), and you will find yourself blowing by all other drivers in the hardest of rainfall (just be sure to avoid deep water with the cold air intake!). Rain sensing wipers insure you don't EVER have to adjust them. Heated sideview mirrors melt away frozen rain in the winter, and the heated seats allow me to keep the sunroof open practically all year long. She is heavy enough (never thought I'd say that), that she plows through snow, and stays glued on course. Make sure you put vaseline on the top of the windows in the winter (freezing rain will freeze them shut and 1 touch of the button will drop the track, so when it thaws, BAM! the window will drop into the door).
If I had to purchase another brand new car tomorrow, my choices for 20k (not in order) would be GTI, Lancer , or Mazda3. Just be sure to always go with a 5 yr. warranty. I couldn't due to the mods ! My total cost in repairs thus far - 2 grand."
Cons: "MPG, requires high test gas, poor low beams"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I have owned six GTI's in the past and my '03 VR6 24v is my favorite of the bunch. The car is silly fast and I believe the GTI (2 door) is the best out there for the money. The 6 speed is sharp and crisp, the torque is amazing. While you can't mod it like a 1.8T, the VR6 is better in real world driving as the car pulls in just about any gear.
The lines are the best of any GTI in my opinion, the quality of the build is top notch. The interior is comfy, AC is cold and the sound system is better than I need. The sport seats are great and offer great support. On long trips they aren't as good as I would hope, but the car is also 10 years old. The hatchback is a feature I will never be without again. The car is small, but it can hold just about anything with the seat down. I have never had any major maintenance concerns with the car. I run Amsoil in the car and it has never burned a drop. The body still looks amazing with no rust and the paint has held up very well. I have a set of snow tires for the winter and the car is increible in the snow, I don't know why people buy AWD cars. A good set of snows is all you need! I keep saying I am going to go buy a new GTI, but I just can't justify it because I continue to love the VR6 24v.
The bad: The gas mileage is AWFUL for a small car. I am lucky to get 25 MPG on the highway and 22 around town. The car also runs high test gas, which I wouldn't mind if it go better mileage. The struts/shocks wore out quickly. Probably because there is so much weight from the VR6 over the front tires."
"I had one of these for over two years. It was a great car, when it worked. I got it cheap because there was a few things wrong with it but wound up putting almost as much as I paid for it into it. With the VR6 motor it sounded great and ran strong. The 5 speed was great but not the best on gas. I loved the look of the car, inside and out and also for the year it had options some cars now still dont have. The only problem was mechanically. In the two years I had it I had to replace 4 wheel bearings, brake booster and master, shifter linkage, e-brake cables, serpentine belt and tensioner, both rear bar bushings, the ignition coil, hood latch, and I could keep going. Being a german car repair was not cheap either. All in all I loved it when it worked and went broke when it didnt."
Pros: "a blast to drive! only 4,000 of these cars made!"
Cons: "keep up with maintnance and take good care of it."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"the only downside is that maintnance is critical! but if you take care of it you wont have any real issues outside of normal wear and tear as any vehicle would. i drive mine as hard as possible everyday! and never even had to put a clutch in. with a stage 1 tune and few other small modifications this little 4 cylinder can and does out run most V8's on the road. runs about a 9.4 in the 1/8th mile. and handles amazing around tight corners and curvey roads! and there's still room for the groceries!!! i doubt that i will ever sell mine, its to cheap and to fun to get rid of! the few times that i have drove it right i got about 29mpg and 22mpg when i have it slammed to the floor leaving rubber behind. cant beat it especially for it to be as fast as it is. but i honestly thought the value would be higher. it has factory Recaro Racing seats, big performance brakes, lowered suspension, 18" O.Z. racing wheels and more all from the factory. not to mention the impressive number plate on the dash surounded by brushed aluminum trim.."
Pros: "fast, fun to drive, thousands of possible modifications, attractive"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"There are few other cars with the potential the Volkswagen gti has. It is already considered a high performance car, which fits perfectly. If your not into performance the car is still very safe and reliable.
Yes repairs are expensive. look under the hood of a Volkswagen. almost every part has an Audi crest. look under a Porsche, Audi crests. If you want a cheap car go buy a Honda civic."
"i bought this car new in 2001. initially this car performed great. i have had repeated repairs on the engine due to a mysterious engine light that keeps coming on. i also had the drain channels from the sun roof plug up and cause serious leaking into the cab. All of these repairs are very expensive. the latest costing $3600 parts and labor all done at the dealer."
"Have owned this baby since 2004, and put about 40K miles on it. Still as solid and entertaining as my old 240Z, and the sheet metal is thicker. My only knock? No arm rest for the driver's right arm, but you're supposed to have both hands on the wheel anyways, right? The interior has so many other nice touches, like the accent stitching on the steering wheel and e-brake handle. Best brakes I've ever experienced, and even better than my '07 GTI. It will climb the Cajon Pass at 80 mph in 6th gear, and have plenty of reserve. VW did an awesome job of equipping the 337, and the day I had it chipped and the exhaust downpiped, the owner of the tuner shop showed me exactly what it could do. I guess my kids are right. I do drive like a grandma. Oh well, I pay for the gas and tires."
"The VW GTI has a quality feel to it that similarly grouped sport compacts (i.e Civic Si, Sentra Spec V, Focus SVT, etc.) just can't come close to matching. Comfort and styling are top notch. I am 6'5" and people routinely ask me how I drive such a small car. They can't believe when I tell them it is easily the most comfortable car I have ever driven, and I've driven MANY different cars over the years. Power and handling are more than sufficent for all but the most hard-core. The mid-range toque makes it feel like a big 6 cyl (I have the 1.8t) which is especially noticable in city and traffic driving. 75+ WOT acceleration leaves a little to be desired, but you shouldn't be driving that fast anyway! :) Reliability has been good overall. People talk trash about volkswagen reliability, but other than regualr maintenance I've spent a total of 105$ on repairs in 3 1/2 years. It's no Corolla in the maintenance dept., but that's not what this car is about. Utility is pretty good for a small car, too. The hatch is bigger than it looks and if you need more room just fold the backseat down. I once fit a 27" TV in the box in the back and was still able to close the hatch. I would recommend this car to just about anyone from the kid who just got his license to my grandmother."
"Had alot of problems when i first got car, but needed some simple maintenance and some love and shes reliable and handsdown the best car ive had. Ive come to realize volkswagen are reliable, you just cant neglect doing maintenance like some other car brands, hit your oil changes on time and you wont have a problem. Car is very comfortable, its fast, good gas mileage if your not hitting the boost from the turbo, if you are then expect to burn quite a bit. not as great on gas as other 4 cylinders, but definitely one of the fastest cars on the road a given times. I love it. wont ever sell mine"
"My wife & I have owned our '03 gti 1.8t (tiptronic trans) for 2.5 yrs. now and it's a fun car but can be super expensive to fix if something goes wrong w/ them. Right after we got the car, the water pump took a dump at the 45k miles mark (VW did step up to the plate & fixed that for free; but talked us into getting the timing belt done along w/ it to save us some money down the road... so the belt change was $300 or so). Then 6 months later the alternator went out & left my wife sitting on the side of the hiqhway (that repair was $750 I think... we have an aftermarket warranty that covered most of that though). Last week at the 65.5k miles mark the engine check light kept coming on & off... VW said we needed all new cooling fans and a new Thermostat; $1,250 fix!! OUCH... we had to shell out $600 since the warranty didn't cover all of the costs like the therm. & it's labor (which is a wear & tear item). So, basically it's a super fun car that is comfortable, fast, nimble beyond belief and does get some looks. I suggest you purchase an aftermarket warranty to go along w/ it when you buy one of these mexican made cars used!! My 20 yr old VW Corrado is 10 times more reliable then than this car......"
"...is the maintenance cost. (This applies to VWs in general.) This car takes premium gas only and every time there's a problem with it, you're going to spend hundreds of dollars on repairs and parts. Those parts are expensive! Sport tires, which this car requires, don't last as long as regular tires, and are more expensive.
That said, it's a reliable, safe car and fun to drive. I've had mine over four years."
"I've had this case 8 years and absolutely love it. It is a little high maintenance due to the need for premium gas and synthetic oil but it's worth it. Mines been a normal 've, with odd quirks. The engine light never gone off lol, but there's nothing wrong with the car. It's been the most reliable car I all conditions, even a paper rout driving 4 hours a day and doing 100 miles a day. I have thought about selling it a couple times for something newer but I work never get the same speed and power for the cost and talk myself out of it every time. It destroys civics, unless they have 5000$ worth of mods. It even keeps up with the majority of muscle cars. It's perfect for the modding types, but really doesn't need anything other then stock power."
"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."
"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."
"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."