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Cons: lazy handlingI am 2nd owner, 1st owner did a decent job of maint, had all recalls performed at dealer. Previous GTI/GLI's were much better in handling, new car is much better on the highway. Turbo power is exciting!
Advice: step up from japanese and pay the price difference they wouldn't regret it.there's a reason it's called the pocket rocket,if you're looking for performance,safety,and solid car feel definitely this is you're car. i own a 2002 model and once i drove it for the first time i knew i just had met my match.
Advice: get oneI love this car all you have to do is put a chip and a intake and you have your self over 200hp. Its fun to drive.......I can only say get one for your self!!!German for life!!!!!V-dub
Pros: EVERYTHING...especialy the VR6
Cons: maintenance costs
Advice: buy yourself a GTIThis car is almost perfect.. from its interior fit and finish, comfort, styling, and incredible power from the VR6 engine. The car is already at 47k miles and i haven't had a single problem yet. I'm not sure why others have been experiencing so many problems with their VWs, my brother owns an '02 Jetta VR6 and is also as reiable as mine! I've added aftermarket suspension (H&R coilovers) and it makes the car handle even better then it did when it was stock. Overall performance can't be beaten by any car in its class. It's truly an outstanding car, just like the past 5 VWs we've owned.
Pros: Good low-end torque
Cons: Amplitude of repairs
Advice: Unless you inted to put time and money into it, don't get oneThe GTI 1.8 turbo is fun to drive and has good power. Torque is ample and lag is close to minimal. In a span of 70K miles, I've had to change the turbo charger 4 times! Also, the ingnition coils were changed. The car is very unreliable - probably because it was built in Mexico. I had a 99 Jetta built from Germany which I drove to 50K miles and never had a problem. I recommend not to purchase VW cars built in Mexico unless passion overrides logic and you enjoy frequently visiting the local garage.
Pros: H.P. for the $ !
Cons: Radio power cable jiggles loose- have to reset the fuse.
Advice: Make sure you fully read the manual when you buy- 1 year after my purchase I found that the sun roof Fully Opens!!Before the purchase of this GTI I was driving a 94 Prelude Si which I loved. It soon, however, was going to need a timing belt, and some other expensive items if I was going to keep it. Not to mention (although I have) the value of the car within 1.5 years would have gone from 7k-5k to zilch!-no kb value. When I drove the GTI (200) for the first time I loved the HP and the steering response. I've had the car for over a year and have not lost that attraction. Especially for the money-quality at a good price. I'd like to reduce the body roll through cornering and am looking for aftermarket parts to do so- stiffen up the springs- lower it a bit. In a word- FUN to Drive (that's three . . :))
Pros: 1.8t with 6 speed
Cons: The bulky double din radio. Make using the cup holders a problem.
Advice: This car is not for everyone. It has a stiff sporty suspension that can make long trips seem longer. Test drive the car and make sure you find a not so smooth road to see if the suspension is too much for you.The car has more pep then I expected. Comfort is excellent for a small car. The 6 speed shifts smoothly and gives the car a nicer rpm range. The only complant would be the rattle that comes from the hatch area on bumpy roads.