Good vehicle in general. Drives very well, and of course, it's a VR6, so it goes where and when you point it when you want it to without question. This is my second GTI - replacing an '88 16v.
However, it is a VW made between 2001 and 2004, so it's a "lifestyle car;" meaning that your lifestyle will be based on diagnosing and repairing various electrical issues. Once you get them dialed, it s an awesome car, but I've had the car for perhaps five wks and it's been in the shop for two of those. - Cold start total ignition failure. It turned out NOT to be the coil pack (VW recalled these in the past) but rather the coolant temp sensor. - another frequently malfunctioning part.
Still, I'd get another one if given the chance, when they work properly: AWESOME.
The best all around car I've ever driven - BUY IT!
2013 Volkswagen GTI Wolfsburg Edition w/ DSG
Simply put, the GTI is a great blend of fun, maturity, practicality, and value. It has yet to disappoint in my 2 years of ownership and has proven to be equally pleasant on the highway (comfortable ride, stable feel, great mileage) and winding back roads (great handling, natural steering feel from an electric rack no less, good power). The hatchback and folding seats add great versatility, and it looks appropriately aggressive without shouting for attention (but plaid seats do get compliments).
I only have three minor complaints about the car...
- Manual headlights in lower trims
- Trip mpg in the heads up display mildly overstates fuel economy
- Manual upshifts are slightly delayed
Best do everything car made.
2015 Volkswagen GTIPaul Stoshak - Cherry Hill, NJ03/02/2016
I have driven every sport compact made and the GTI tops them all. It's amazingly comfortable for long road trips, at 6'5" I still have plenty of room and a child seat can still fit behind me. The seats are amazing and I have no issues for hours behind the wheel, the seat heaters are great and go all the way up the backrest unlike most Japanese and American cars that just do the seat bottom. Interior quality is seriously Audi quality, light years ahead of others in this class. The best thing by far about the GTI though is the power and handling... this engine is massively underrated by VW, actual power figures verified by me taking a trip to the dyno put this car at around 250HP and 280TQ. at the crank.
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