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1997 Volkswagen GTI
|Amazing speed & handling, love it||Storage is completely lacking - none in doors, very little in console|
|Love the acceleration, manuerability when passing||It has rear seats but they are not useable.|
|Drivability - turning radius, quiet ride, handling||Stereo system is disappointing - especially considering its premium|
|Steering wheel because it feels and looks top notch||Headlights: they are reflectors. at least use projectors.|
|Handling and stability in all conditions, fun to drive||Brakes feel mushy; they should feel sporty|
|Vehicle exterior - excellent styling without being overly flashy.||Entry doors cannot lock when car is warming up!|
|Engine and transmission - very smooth, very powerful, very economical||Park position requires use of brake to avoid movement of car|
|Performance - the car has great acceleration||The ride is a little on the stiff side.|
|I like the smoothness of the gear shift and ease of clutch operation||Power seats/memory - really miss not having this with 2 drivers|
|Handling - so much fun to drive - so peppy & powerful||Navigation system is rudimentary. after market gps is much better|
The 1997 GTI is a 2-door, 5-passenger sports coupe, available in two trims, the Base and the VR6.
Upon introduction, the Base is equipped with a standard 2.0-liter, I4, 115-horsepower engine that achieves 24-mpg in the city and 31-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard, and a 4-speed automatic transmission with overdrive is optional. The VR6 is equipped with a standard 2.8-liter, V6, 172-horsepower engine that achieves 19-mpg in the city and 25-mpg on the highway. A 5-speed manual transmission with overdrive is standard.
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