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2002 Volkswagen GTI - VR6 (EOP 9/16/01) (M5)
Pros: The VR6 Engine
Cons: Entry to the backseat is a bit weird
Advice: Wait for the 2002 version which is supposedly going to have even more horsesTraded in my $35,000 (96 prices) 3-series BMW for a 2001 GTI and this car kicks the BMW's ass. Have had the GTI for just over a year now and have had zero problems with the car and it is still a blast to drive. Quality, performance, comfort, style, and features are comparable or beat cars that are much more expensive.
2002 Volkswagen GTI - L (M5)
Pros: INTERIOR ROOM
Cons: Outside mirrors should be enlarged
Advice: Buy it before the price goes upKudos to VW for making a compact and roomy auto that is fun to drive. I am 6'3' tall and I have plenty of head, sholder and leg room. The car has plenty of cargo room. Acceleration and handeling performance are outstanding for any vehicle, particularly one priced less than $25,000. I have never owned a VW befor, so long as VW continues to provide this kind of quality and value, I will be a loyal customer!
2002 Volkswagen Passat - GLS (M5) FWD Sedan
Pros: tightness of the car
Cons: Turbo noise from the engine
Advice: Drive it on an open road to check out the noise levelIt's a great car...just too noisy. The turbo makes the engine sound loud.
2002 Volkswagen Cabrio - GL (M5)
Pros: exterior looks
Cons: performance, safety, drurability, everything!
Advice: Don't buy it!I purchased a 2001 Cabrio, automatic, and all I have had is problems with this car. My air bags don't function properly. My air bag lights keep on coming on indicating that there are problems with the car. The gas mileage is horrible and the a/c is not cold at all. I took it in and they say that it is normal when other cars, by far, have much colder ac. I had a saturn before this and it drove wonderfully! Don't buy this car. It is the cheapest convertible out there but it is not worth it!