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Pros: the car is the best gti ever hands down
Advice: go look elsewhere if you want quality, decent service or dealers...this company suckshere is my list of problems with my new car with less than 100 miles; Radio volume hunts scufs on door panel, seat trim chips, scratches on paint paint flaws wrong radio on delivery dealer purposely withheld window sticker sunroof rattle sunroof liner tight(hard to close) trunk doesn't seem to unlock steering wheel has rugh edges(flaws in leather that catch hands like grit) poor radio fm reception horns sound loose when used (blow the horn and it vibrates the whole car) remotes don't work too well(if at all) windsheild has a 3' scratch and will need replacement rattle from center dash alarm honks when it feels like it when you lock up grease (under coat?)is dripping from the sills in my driveway car dings all the time (i know rtfm) car had oils at delivery...but no washer fluid 1 spring spacer out, other i took out dash doesn't seem to fit al that well around base of windsheild did not see any wheel lock key (i better not have locks...did not look) the interior fabrics although the same, oddly seem different no way is the speedo accurate shifter boot isn't flush with console antenna isn't straight(it isn't aligned straight to center of car) had car not start when i turned the key...infact it didn't do anything I am completely and absoluetly disgusted with VW. I have to wait for a zone rep(30 days) to appove repairs on a car that was driven home from the dealer and once to my job.
Pros: more upscale than its competition, great balance of performance and comfort
Cons: no foglights, small back hatch handle, some German ergonomic quirks
Advice: get with manual transmission only for best driveabilityA great all around sports car with German character, which stands out from its newer but lesser competition. Got mine used with low miles, no issues so far. It's loaded with leather, sunroof, ESP, 17-inch rims, Monsoon stereo -- altogether a great blend of performance and luxury. For its class the suspension is a bit soft and the car a bit heavy, but overall it is comfortable and powerful from stoplight to stoplight, or on long drives. The 1.8 turbo is a honey of an engine and fun to rev. Interior materials are typical Audi/VW high quality. Not the most trendy exterior around nowadays, but very practical and roomy hatchback design. And it seems to stand out from all the generic Civic/Focus/Celica hot hatchbacks you see everywhere.
Pros: Poloarized Dimmer
Cons: defrost control and re circulation botton are always hard to find
Advice: Trust your experience of the ride. Talk with a mechanic about its reliability and what types of reapairs he's seen on it.I drove a 2003 Golf for a few months and then traded up to the 2004 VR6 GTI. This car is clearly the most exciting and responsive car I've owned. It brakes wonerfully, accelerates like a rocket, and rounds turns like it's on a rail. The controls and interior are top grade, and the little extras, like the huge sun roof, infared wiper detection, monsoon stereo, and cool polarized dimmer on rear view. What a beauty.
Pros: The 24V engine's power and torque.
Cons: Not aggressive looking enough like the R32 or 20th anniv edition
Advice: None. Just buy or lease it, and ENJOY the drive!The GTI is an automotive legend, going back all the way to it's VW Rabbit lineage. It is a 'drivers car' respected worldwide. It has singlehandedly brought to our shores, and popularized the peformance 'hot hatch' niche. The 2003 GTI 24V VR6 is simply awesome in so many respects, and will put a smile on your face, as it has for me over the past 2 years! This very well engineered car pulls hard, but smooth in all gears, and has more than ample horsepower and torque such that shifting can be minimized if you so desire. Of course, many drivers will want to utilize each gear to normally revved levels and beyond, and this is when you are rewarded with sports car-like acceleration and a throaty growl from the double pipe exhaust, which will put a cheshire cat smile on your face. Fit and finish is superb, and the interior cockpit is Audi or BMW like in amenities and ergonomics. The 17 inch rims give great handling for a front heavy six, and the car tracks well. Best of all, I have not had any problems with it mechanically. None whatsoever! All in all, a GREAT, fast, reliable car!
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: 5 speed standard transmission
Cons: defrost could be a little better
Advice: the early fall is the best time to get the best dealTraded in my 2003 Jetta , v-6 automatic for a 2004 GTI and I am extremely happy with my new car. The 5 speed standard is very fast from second to forth gear and I have no problem crusing on the N,J.Turnpike at 80 mph.When you need the power the Turbo kicks in and the cars get smaller and smaller in your rear view mirror !
Pros: overall quality feel
Cons: the fold-down rear seats are a nuisance; can't do it quickly.
Advice: go for it - you'll love it.We tested the VW GTI, the Mazda 3 5-door, the Honda Civic SI and the Ford SVT Focus. It came down to the GTI and the Mazda 3, and the GTI won on it's styling and higher hp. But you wouldn't go wrong with the Mazda either. The Focus & Civic can't compete. I was a little bit leery of VW because my brother bought a '91 Passat that was a lemon, but after reading the good GTI reviews we decided that they had improved their quality control over the last 3 years. So far (1 month) we're very happy with every aspect of this car. The turbo roars, it presses you back into the seat and leaves the other cars at the light. The quality of the interior rivals our Nissan Maxima. I've gotten a few dirty looks from my wife when young girls have waved at the car as we passed by. It's a hot item, and I highly recommend it... so far.