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2002 Volkswagen Golf GTI Buyer's Guide

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2 Reviews
Overall
3.5
Value
4.0
Performance
4.5
Style
4.5
Comfort
4.5
Fuel Economy
3.5
Reliability
2.5

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Golf GTI Owner
Salem, Oregon
Overall
4.0
Value
4.0
Performance
4.0
Style
4.0
Comfort
4.0
Fuel Economy
3.0
Reliability
3.0
The fourth generation Volkswagen GTI is not going to compete with modern race cars but with a quite torquey six cylinder naturally aspirated engine it will get you up and off the line quick. The GTI is no sloth. The Germans got it right with an advanced engine for it's time, fast 0 to 60 times, and a nice spotty hatchback appearance with a large aftermarket following. The car shifts well between it's six gears, another nice touch by Volkswagen, which puts the 200 horsepower tot he road quite well. The rear suspension is lackluster but handles decently. You'll find a single beam holding the two wheels together instead of independent rear suspension. The oil pan is aluminum and many have been easily cracked spewing oil all over the ground. The paint is decent and the interior nice with h... (more)
Story
I take this car everywhere as I turned it into my little minimalist RV complete with a rack mounted solar panel. I just got back from a 4000 mile national park your where I did photography. Every night I would open the hatch and stare out at the stars while cooking my meals on a propane stove.
Pros
My favorite feature is the removable rear seats which I have permanently removed in favor of a platform I built to allow me to travel for photography. The car is perfect size for stealth camping. The heated seats are a life saver for long night drives on mountain roads where this vehicle shines.
Cons
The worst parts about the GTI is how low the car is and the fact he oil pan barely sits below the subframe inviting you to give it open on a rock or curb. The plastic parts inside have a weird finish that runs off over time leaving an unsightly appearance. The tan leather can get dirty quite easily.

2002 Volkswagen Golf GTI - Loved it, hated it.

Jackie
20023
Overall
3.0
Value
4.0
Performance
5.0
Style
5.0
Comfort
5.0
Fuel Economy
4.0
Reliability
2.0
I loved having this car. It was an overwhelming beast. It had racing seats so it am was super comfortable. It was quick and exciting to drive. And a true representation of me in my youth. I bought it used. The owner before was not kind to it and I paid for it in the long run. I lost a lot of money trying to fix it. That's the one bummer about these cars. The $$$ for repairs. I'm a musician and with the fold down seats in the back, I had plenty of room for all my gear.
Story
The day the car died. A tree hit it. I did not hit a tree. A tree hit my car. A dead pine on the side of my house decided to uproot itself one day and fall on my car bringing it to its doom.
Pros
Comfort, speed, storage space, decent gas mileage were all a plus. Weirdly enough, the blue glow of the dash lights were also.
Cons
The cost to fix it $$$ I've found that you either get a stud or a dud with VW. But when you get a good one, it'll never die

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