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An absolute BLAST!!!

by from Spotswood, NJ on June 4, 2007

First, I must tell you I had an inherent bias in favor of this car. See, back in '83, I owned one of the first-year GTI's, and spent more time grinning than I did at the Mel Brooks Film Festival. It w...
First, I must tell you I had an inherent bias in favor of this car. See, back in '83, I owned one of the first-year GTI's, and spent more time grinning than I did at the Mel Brooks Film Festival. It was incredible fun to drive... even though it was not massively powered. I was about due to get a new car, when I read some reviews about the 2007 GTI, saying they had recaptured, for the first time, the spirit of those magical '83's. And so, I decided to test drive one. Oh. My. God. This car is fast, fun, and absolutely responsive...and a rocket. With many cars these days, you have to plan your attack on traffic, waiting for the right moment to make a move. With the new GTI, you think it, and the sweet sensitive steering and enormously powerful engine have you where you thought about going. It is this instantaneous responsiveness that creates the driving magic. The car winds up feeling and acting like an extension of the driver, rather than a machine being operated by a driver. Then add in the Direct Shift Gearbox (DSG), which lets you play formula one with the paddle shifters, or just leave it in drive. Finally, add in Sirius Satellite Radio and an integrated iPod connector, and you cam probably drive around the world without getting bored with the entertainment. (Of course if you did, you could just shut them both off and listen to the music coming from the engine bay.) And the seats are so comfortable, (I just went round trip form central Jersey to Boston this weekend) you could drive in them for that distance and not be siff or fatigued. A few details.. the steering wheel is a gem. Leather wrapped with perfectly placed bulges to wrap your thumbs around. And, a feature I've long expected, but have seen here for the first time... power windows, with one-touch down and UP. If driving is more than just a means of getting from point A to point B, if you really enjoy driving, this car is for you. But only take one for a test drive if you are ready to buy one, because if you aren't, you'll find yourself selling the kids to get one of these babies. I bought one, and I'm incredibly happy with it.
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Great

by from Geneva, IL on October 21, 2008

Best car I have ever owned. For the price you will not find a more luxurious ride that can take you to 60 in 6.5 seconds, while the seat heaters take care of your bottom and the 10 speakers entertain ...
Best car I have ever owned. For the price you will not find a more luxurious ride that can take you to 60 in 6.5 seconds, while the seat heaters take care of your bottom and the 10 speakers entertain you.
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So fun to drive... Is that a burnt out light?

by from Calgary, AB on November 28, 2006

This car is very fun to drive. I love the fact that there is power all over the RPM range, it just takes off whatever gear you're in. It makes going through tedious traffic fun. It looks great too,...
This car is very fun to drive. I love the fact that there is power all over the RPM range, it just takes off whatever gear you're in. It makes going through tedious traffic fun. It looks great too, inside and out. I've recieved a lot of compliments on the way the car looks and rides. It is incredibly smooth. There are some issues though that a new buyer should be aware of. If you opt for the ipod adapter, the display will only show "Track 1, Track 2... ". It will also show your playlists as CD1 CD2... It gets incredibly tedious if you have more than 5 playlists and hundreds of songs. Searching for songs is very hard too, because the counter only goes up to 99, so you have to keep track of each hundred songs in order to get to the one you want. If you live in colder weather, the optional 18" wheels are not a good investment because you will have to opt for another set of winter tires. The 17" all seasons are a much better bet and much cheaper too. In the GTi, when a light is on, that means that something is turned off. Very counter-intuative. Yet not all lights that turn on mean that they are off, it actually means that it is on. I received my GTi with a scratch on the radio and dash and a scratch on the door. There was also left over glue on the ceiling where the sunroof is. Shows poor workmanship. There is this very irritating buzzing sound inside the cabin of the car which comes and goes. But it happens rarely. Bass on the radio seems to jump to the max and distort anything I am listening to, this happens at random intervals at random lengths of time. Finally, one LED light in the center console does not turn on, it never has. All the problems above (with the exception of the scratches and light) were not fixed by the dealership because I need to prove that it is happening. So I have a camera in my car waiting to record these problems. Great customer service. The LED light has no part number and hence it's been 1 month since I've had my car and still no light. Owning this car is a love/hate relationship. I now have to say that I didn't buy a VW for the reliability, I bought it because it is a riot to drive. Therefore I won't own it for more than 2 years.
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Best Vehicle I've ever owned

by from Los Angeles, CA on February 6, 2014

This car is so great gas, its a very cute car, and I never any issues engine wise, not to mention this car will last forever. My friends and I love my GTI, it is a fun car but its also a great everyda...
This car is so great gas, its a very cute car, and I never any issues engine wise, not to mention this car will last forever. My friends and I love my GTI, it is a fun car but its also a great everyday car as well
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2007 GTI -

by from Wisconsin on July 8, 2013

A fun little daily driver that gets nice mileage on the highway and has the looks and performance to match. Nice styling. Interior instrument cluster was a high point - multiple displays showing mpg, ...
A fun little daily driver that gets nice mileage on the highway and has the looks and performance to match. Nice styling. Interior instrument cluster was a high point - multiple displays showing mpg, average mpg, miles to empty, stereo stations, etc. Easy to drive, good shift. The 2.0T turbo really has a lot of pull and opens up nicely in 2nd and 3rd gear around 2100 rpm. Already considering upgrading the intake and ecu to get a little more pull. Definitely a fun and reliable choice. No regrets thus far. My first VW seems to be a winner.
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Perfect car for every day...

by from Eleanor, WV on April 14, 2007

Pros: Amazing interior, solid feel, great room for passengers, peppy direct injection 2.0L, smooth 6MT, performance when you want it, great fuel economy when you want it, plaid seats. Cons: Stereo co...
Pros: Amazing interior, solid feel, great room for passengers, peppy direct injection 2.0L, smooth 6MT, performance when you want it, great fuel economy when you want it, plaid seats. Cons: Stereo could be better, Euro springs should have been fitted standard, climate control and heated seats bundled w/ leather interior. This car is simply an amazing daily driver. The car has a split personality. The 2.0L pulls from way down at 1800 rpm added to the tall 6th gear means that you get excellent gas mileage. Twisty roads beg you to drop a gear and mash on the accelorator. I regularly see 30mpg + in mixed driving but the car still pulls like a freight train for highway passes and interstate onramps. The standard interior w/ the plaid seats is the most attractive interior you can buy for under $30k. The seats themselves hug the driver and live up to the Recaro seats found in the MKII GTI/GLI. All the interior materials are top notch. The small, flat bottom steering wheels has amazing feel w/ a quick ratio. The extra small features (Multi-function display, for example) really separate the GTI as value/$ from competitors such as the Subaru WRX. In the end, it was the little extras that turned this Subaru diehard to the dark side. The 18" BBS made wheels ride great and the stock all-season rubber (if equipped instead of summer rubber) are very high quality. The bright red disk brakes feel and look great. They react perfectly to driver input. The factory aero kit really makes the car stand out without being obnoxious. The car gives up a little performance to some of the competition (WRX, MS3), but the great interior design, practical hatchback, and unparalleled economy make it a great choice for those who want a true jack of all trades. If all out performance is your requirement, I'd look elsewhere. If you want a car that is fun to drive through the twisties or on a 6 hr roadtrip, the GTI will not let you down. You get entry luxury car amenities and hot hatch performance for a great price. *note: reliability was set at 3 stars because I only have 2800 miles. No issues to date.
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Great Car & Blast to Drive!

by from Denver, CO on December 13, 2010

My primary uses for my GTI have been commuting to school and work and for having fun. This is my first car; I've been driving it for nearly a year now and it's been a blast. We've had no major problem...
My primary uses for my GTI have been commuting to school and work and for having fun. This is my first car; I've been driving it for nearly a year now and it's been a blast. We've had no major problems or complaints with the car to date. So far it's been very reliable and has done what's been asked of it. Pros: -A boat load of fun to drive -Handles great around corners -Seats are very supportive and keep you in place when going through turns quickly -Launch control -Relatively good stock sound system -Virtually no turbo lag -Excellent steering wheel design Cons: -A/C and heat take a while to get hot/cold, which can be very annoying. -Transmission has to think for a second when you downshift in tiptronic and can take over a second to do so. -DSG has a very costly maintenance at 40,000 miles -Some parts of the car are cheap and rattle frequently and loudly, but it's honestly not too bad -You feel every little bump you go over due to the sport tuned suspension, but that should be known and expected if you're looking at this car Overall this is a fantastic little car. Very enjoyable to drive, great engine/transmission, great looks, and fast!
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Most fun car you'll ever own

by from Kent, WA on November 18, 2010

I've owned 8 VWs in my life including 3 different GTIs and I can say, without a doubt, this is the most fun car I've ever owned. The rear independent suspension really improves handling over the MK4 p...
I've owned 8 VWs in my life including 3 different GTIs and I can say, without a doubt, this is the most fun car I've ever owned. The rear independent suspension really improves handling over the MK4 platform and the interior feels worlds better than any other car even close to its class. The engine is amazingly quick and OEM turbo spool is virtually non-existent. With upgrades to hardware and software you can have a $30K supercar for the most part. My car makes over 400HP and puts a smile on my face every time I see it, get in it, and drive it!
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A car for those who love to drive

by from MA on November 8, 2010

When you buy a car, wouldnt it make sense to get the brand that gives you everything in the standard model. I love the fact that VW has heated seats, traction control, 12 airbags, primeium floor mats,...
When you buy a car, wouldnt it make sense to get the brand that gives you everything in the standard model. I love the fact that VW has heated seats, traction control, 12 airbags, primeium floor mats, 3 way adjustable seats, xeon lights and more standard. I wanted to fall in love with the car I bought. When I drove the GTI, I did just that.
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Love my 4-door GTI!!

by from Chicago, IL on October 26, 2010

I replaced a flawless Lexus GS430 w/64k miles w/ a fully loaded 07 4door GTI, and could not be happier! I think that speaks for itself! My kids love the 4 door model "plenty of space for a family of 4...
I replaced a flawless Lexus GS430 w/64k miles w/ a fully loaded 07 4door GTI, and could not be happier! I think that speaks for itself! My kids love the 4 door model "plenty of space for a family of 4", I love the fun of driving again, especially the DSG gearbox, and my wife just loves the car in general. I honestly look forward to the commutes with this marvel of a car. Build quality is very good (not a Lexus though, but not much is). No rattles (41k miles), no problems. True, you do have to keep up with the maintenance on these cars if you want longevity, but that shouldn't surprise anyone. Buying a CPO model is a fantastic way to go! Used car price with new car coverage (and reconditioning as part of CPO process). Go drive one, you'll be hooked instantly!
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