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Pros: The way it drives!
Cons: If I'm outside the vehicle I have to use the remote entry to access the rear hatch.
Advice: This vehicle matched my requirements plus it is a great pleasure to drive. You should give it a serious test drive. My adult daughter offered that this was a 'young man's car' but this old guy loves it anyway.I've had this car 1 month and it is a total blast! Tremendous acceleration and handling that compares very favorably with my SLK 230 and at less then half the price. I would recommend the 17' wheels both from an appearance and performance perspective. The Monsoon sound system is outstanding. The ride is quiet, very responsive, and I always have a feeling that the vehicle is firmly planted. This vehicle replaced my old Explorer and my original intention was to go with a small SUV. The GTI has more then enough cargo capacity and with the front wheel drive, I can handle most of the snow conditions I'm willing to drive in. In addition, I get better gas mileage then a mini-SUV with the added benefit of enjoying a 'pocket rocket's' attributes. I got all the options except the leather seats but that was a personal preference. Even loaded, the GTI was thousands less then a comparably equipped 4X2 Escape. I owned and enjoyed a VW Rabbit in 1977 and that car was why I considered a Golf/GTI. If my old Rabbit was the Clark Kent version, my GTI is definitely the Superman version and I'm really glad I've returned to the VW family.
Pros: Heated Seats
Cons: No door lock on passagner side
Advice: great little car, good mileage. Light in back on snow.(Keep full tank of gas, for weight)I have owned my Bug for 18 months. This winter I had two different accidents. The first accident a deer ran into the drivers door. The deer broke off my door handle, this caused me to be locked out of my car when I got out to inspect the damage. Reason being the doors lock when you drive a certin speed. You need to have the doors unlock when the car stops, or put a key entry on passagner side. My purse and cell phone were inside the car, and I had left the car running when I got out. My husband came with the valet key but we still could not get in. 2nd accident: I rolled my Bug over in the snow 4 times, Witnesses said I rolled very easy but caused NO damage as I rolled like a cue ball, drove car home afterwards and have drove it for a month since. Deer accident did more damage than roll over. Police said reason for no damage was the shape of the car.
Pros: 1.8 L Turbo engine.
Cons: Back seat access.
Advice: Get the luxury package and 17 inch wheels.The 1.8 L Turbo has some get up and go. I purchased mine from the largest volume VW dealer in the US. It's a great car to say the least. Leather, sunroof, monsoon 200 watt radio with 8 speakers, sports suspension with 17 inch wheels. If you want a car that's sporty, quick and economical, you can't go wrong here. Once the turbo winds up, this car moves. It's quicker than the 2001 and 1st generation 2002 VR6 until the 200 hp model comes out later this month, but with better gas mileage. Sporty with some class to boot.
Pros: Quality of fit and finish
Cons: Limited availability of 1.8T wagons
Advice: Get the 1.8T GLS, 6 cylinder is a waste of money and gasI have been a Toyota owner for the past twenty years. If there is one European car company that can give Toyota,Honda,Nissan a run for their money it is Volkswagen. It is one the finest automobiles I have every owned
Pros: smooth VR6 engine
Cons: all the rest
Advice: buy a previous generation- they had less quality issuesEngine is fabulous except in the first year spent in the dealership more time than on the road because of every possible electrical problem.All the window motors burnt without chance of replacing for lack of spares in the US; ECU was eventually replaced; all anti-corrosion wax melted and ended down on the road; leather seats have no side-bolstering; seat memory never worked; passenger side mirror has a mind of its own; rear view mirror does not automatically dim( I miss a normal mirror).Car is going thru its 3rd battery, for its original capacity is too low for a car with a million of power features.Engine heats up very fast on hot days running AC. Requires Premium gas for normal ride.Original air filter must be thrown away after signing purchase papers-it sufficates the engine from 2500 rpm( replace it with a K&N unit).1st gear engages very ruffly in any situation. Cupholders over the CD tray-Duh!!! Autoclimate controls are too small and too close to a shiftstick, eventually they start sticking to each other. Wood trim though of good quality- was an afterthought by fitment.Outside mirrors should be %10 larger for this size of a car.
Pros: heated leather seats, the backseat folds to double trunk space
Cons: I do'nt know you tell me
Advice: buy the 1.8T plenty of power if do not pull a trailor get the full packageWe bought our Passat in November 2001 with all the options. The response is awsome. No trouble. The dealer's mechanic told us to use 87 octane especially in cold weather. We switch between regular & super no trouble. My wife likes the automatic and I use the Triptonic on ocasion.All in all a sports car with limousine features at a reasonable price.
Pros: Diesel engine, 5 speed transmission, and stereo
Cons: Seats - velour catches lint and adjustments are a chore
Advice: Do not get a sunroof if you need headroom in the rear seats.I Love my car! The gear shifting in the 5 speed is sweet. The diesel has only 90 hp, but it makes up for it with 149 ft-lb torque. Acceleration is strong and quick, and it gets unbeatable gas mileage of 50 mph.