2002 Volkswagen GTI 1.8 turbo from North America
A superb death trap
Driver's side seat frame broke at 3000 miles.
Transmission started acting up around 3000 miles. Impossible to quick shift, hard to get into 1st, 2nd, 3rd is crunchy. Sometimes hard to get in reverse. Suspecting shot synchronizers and maybe 1st gear. Dealer tried adjusting the shift cables, but no luck.
Turbo sometimes cuts out in 1st around 3000 rpm. Car feels sluggish even with the turbo on, not the same feel as when I first bought it.
Engine misses at idle.
Exhaust makes popping noises in the morning when cold. Supposedly OK (according to one technician) and worse in VR6 models.
Steering column clicks if at a stop sign and you jiggle the wheel a little. Took in for service, replaced under wheel shelf (whatever that is) and tightened something. Problem subsided for 2 days... it's back.
Superb interior, great power (when it works), good handling. Reliability however is the worst in the market. Stay clear of this company, the cars are no longer German.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 24th April, 2003