2008 Volkswagen Gti
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Sporty and Fuel efficient

by from Michigan on August 7, 2017

THe best thing about this car and the reason I bought it: when you give it some gas the turbo kicks in and gives great boost and fun. However, cruising down the highway at 70 with cruise control on yo...
THe best thing about this car and the reason I bought it: when you give it some gas the turbo kicks in and gives great boost and fun. However, cruising down the highway at 70 with cruise control on you get 33 MPG. This car is fun to drive, the dash looks amazing at night and handles like a dream.
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Sporty but well-rounded

by from NC, USA on May 14, 2017

I owned this for 7 years and would have held onto it longer if I hadn't moved out of the country. The MkV platform was a complete return to form for the VW hot hatch. It looked the part without being ...
I owned this for 7 years and would have held onto it longer if I hadn't moved out of the country. The MkV platform was a complete return to form for the VW hot hatch. It looked the part without being obnoxious or boy-racer, was comfortable for daily driving, and felt fantastic when pushing through twisty back roads. Buying one now means you'll be giving up the modern technologies and creature comforts you can get from newer cars, like bluetooth, but if you want something simple, solid, and fun, I don't think you'll find anything better for the price.
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Nice little car with some pep

by from Hillsboro, OR on May 7, 2017

Great little car. Has some pep with the 2.0l turbo. Inside is spacious for a two door, lots of room for four people. Used prices are a little high with the high demand. Owning a pickup, the car is a l...
Great little car. Has some pep with the 2.0l turbo. Inside is spacious for a two door, lots of room for four people. Used prices are a little high with the high demand. Owning a pickup, the car is a little tougher to get into as it's low to the ground and with the racing style seats, the constant rubbing on the edge of the seat? wears it out faster.
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Best compromise of flexibility and performance

by from Stroudsburg on May 7, 2017

We've loved our 4-door GTI (2008, 5 generation model). We had a 2004 before it and only got rid of it because a rock at the side of the road took out the transmission. Both were 4 doors, which is wh...
We've loved our 4-door GTI (2008, 5 generation model). We had a 2004 before it and only got rid of it because a rock at the side of the road took out the transmission. Both were 4 doors, which is what is so special about the GTI models. GTI's are the only real high-performance hatchback that you can get with 4 doors. Normally having that first child means jettisoning fun from your life, but with a 4-door GTI you can still have joy on the drive to work, and take the family to the movies on the weekend. VW's get a bad rap for reliability issues. But when you look into it, it's only the ones that the racer-boys have modded that have problems. Keep it stock, don't change the factory tune or suspension, and they are rock solid cars.
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Fully serviced and ready to go

by from Clearwater, FL on May 2, 2017

Lots of fun to drive, super fast turbo charged engine with a DSG transmission which is very smooth and with the option of manual shift from steering wheel. This GTI is also great on gas.
Lots of fun to drive, super fast turbo charged engine with a DSG transmission which is very smooth and with the option of manual shift from steering wheel. This GTI is also great on gas.
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The Only Car You'll Ever Need

by from Chicago, IL on March 28, 2017

The car does it all. It's subtle and decently comfortable when you just need to get around, but will liven up when you're ready to carve the twisties and add some caffeine to your commute. I have the ...
The car does it all. It's subtle and decently comfortable when you just need to get around, but will liven up when you're ready to carve the twisties and add some caffeine to your commute. I have the 2 door version which makes it a tad difficult for back passengers but that's their problem. Fits 5 and luggage with ease, sips fuel like a miser and does everything I've asked of it 365 days a year. I've owned the car since new and can't think of anything that could replace it.
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What a car!

by from New Bedford, MA on August 7, 2013

Every time I drive this car, I just can't help thinking any car of this price range should have no right to be this good. In some ways, it's more amazing than the best supercars. PZEV engine is epic, ...
Every time I drive this car, I just can't help thinking any car of this price range should have no right to be this good. In some ways, it's more amazing than the best supercars. PZEV engine is epic, steering is sublime, chassis absolutely competent, and build quality?, it's been absolutely impeccable! And the best thing about this car is nothing from outside or inside, or even the driving experience that scream how good it really is. Everything Is just so sublime that you almost forget how good everything is in this car. Thought engine has been praised many many times, it is an absolute gem. It's powerful, responsive, torquey, smooth, quite, too, while it makes great noise. The steering is odd thing of beauty. It's light, almost overly so at the beginning, and somewhat feel free, or so one may think. But drive just so, it weights up nicely, and becomes quite chatty. It usually is quiet because it has not much to tell, that's the level of sophistication of its chassis. When needed, it does communicate all you need to know, nothing more and nothing less. Okay, it's not a Porsche 911 sharp, of course, but I must say, it's probably the best in the class. And speaking of chassis...it's so understated, like everything about this car. It's incredibly stiff without feeling harsh, ride is again, more comfortable than the car like this has any right to be. Build quality is absolutely impeccable, which is surprising considering the reputations of VW. Over 70k miles and absolutely no issue whatsoever, and everything feels as solid as the day it has left the dealership. It's pretty darn useful, too, I often haul lumbers and tools in it as well. It's almost so perfect that it almost hurts! If you just have to live with one car, I'm hard pressed to think any other cars that's as good. Which brings me to my slight problem...because it's so good and all-rounded, I found myself sometimes craving for something that's a bit nuttier - don't mean a bit more character or anything, just a bit nuttier, that's all.
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The best car I've ever owned

by from Wadsworth, Oh on July 8, 2013

This is a beautiful car. It drives like a dream and has power. Fun! You can't go wrong with a GTI. I've owned this car in the past and currently drive one. If it's a fun and reliable car you're lookin...
This is a beautiful car. It drives like a dream and has power. Fun! You can't go wrong with a GTI. I've owned this car in the past and currently drive one. If it's a fun and reliable car you're looking for this is it.
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Love it.

by from Los Angeles on March 20, 2013

"For those poeple who complain on the power: Take it to the freeway or somewhere safe and PRESS on the pedal!!! then come back and talk to me! When utilized Turbo adds 1/3 of your listed HP which mean...
"For those poeple who complain on the power: Take it to the freeway or somewhere safe and PRESS on the pedal!!! then come back and talk to me! When utilized Turbo adds 1/3 of your listed HP which means that you can smoke a 2012 Porche Boxter with your GTI (first hand experience). I have 49k on the DSG transmission with no issues and the car flies. Change the oil on time. 5k for me (including transmission oil every 40k or less). You can fit anything and everything in the back. I brought home a Queen size bed (in pieces but still). Love the lights because when you hit the turbo people need to know you're coming! Not that the engine won't let them know!! The car is a perfect combination of fun and convinient. I am not planning on selling this baby ever. Hopefully will never have to."
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All Around Best Sport/Practical Car

by from Millbrook, NY on January 28, 2013

I've owned a number of VW Golf's and I keep going back to them. I'm partial to the GTI due to the performance and interior design, although a TDI would also be attractive. For the price you are drivin...
I've owned a number of VW Golf's and I keep going back to them. I'm partial to the GTI due to the performance and interior design, although a TDI would also be attractive. For the price you are driving a true high performance car, the car that repeatedly sets the standard for fun and looks. If you're fairly conservative and don't need rear airfoils and scoops, but want to lay low and out drive most sports cars, this is the car to own. I have always followed the VW manual for service and rarely had a problem. Most issues are covered by VW. Keep your eye on it and you should have few if any issues. Too many buy these cars and don't realize that cost of ownership is higher as it's a VW and these cars are far m ore complex that an econobox.
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