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2003 Volkswagen Golf - A little spice in the morning drive

EV
Centre Hall, Pennsylvania
Overall
5.0
Value
5.0
Performance
2.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
3.0
When I first sat in the '03 VW Golf, I was greeted with a simplistic dash - one that wasn't over complicated, yet wasn't underwhelmingly simple. The model I'm in has a 5 Speed manual linked to the 1.8 Litre inline 4. Though it's not a big engine, it had more than enough power to shuttle me around town. However, where the Golf really shines is on the curvy back roads. The ability to dive into corners, even on a thin street tire, was impressive to say the least. Even though Front-Wheel Drive cars are very commonly known for under steer, the Golf managed power distribution perfectly to eliminate torque under steer. All in all, whether it's for a daily commute or for back road carving, the Golf will get you there.
Story
My girlfriend and I go out every sunday to our favorite curvy mountain road for a drive in the Golf since we've bought it.
Pros
Transmission has a satisfying clunk when put in gear. Even with my base model that quality is amazing. Despite being a two door, there's plenty of leg room and trunk room. The gas mileage is impressive.
Cons
Motor is high maintenance.

2003 Volkswagen Golf - My baby!

Billy B
Lawrenceville, Georgia
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
5.0
How do I love this car, let me count the ways! This car has been with me for a very long time. I am its only owner. I had another VW before this one, but by far have had this one the longest. This car has been reliable and never given me any problems at all. It makes me a little sad to say that after 13 years she is starting to show some slight signs of age, but only in appearance, she still rides like the day I got her!
Story
Taking work related road trips. I've had a lot of great drives in this car.
Pros
Drives great. Gets great gas mileage. For a 4-cylinder car has a lot of pep. Corners well. Easy maintenance. For a base model still has a lot of good options included.
Cons
Not a lot of frills. Stereo could have better speakers. Paint starting to slightly fade, but this is after 13 years.