2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T

Yes, the Mk.4 GTI ushered in a more bloated body, subdued styling, increased safety, and a lot more weight. But, it also brought with it a lot more choice. While the VR6 continued over into early models largely unchanged, though a more potent 24-valve version emerged later. But the big news was the entrance of the turbocharged 1.8T into the lineup for me. More in keeping with the character of the original model, the peaky and punchy 1.8Ts grew in power over the production run, and they also offered the basis for a few special models; the European-market 25th Anniversary model, the 2002 337 Edition, and the 2003 20th Anniversary Edition.

Today’s car is none of those special models, but it carries a large amount of the same DNA in a more discrete standard package. It’s also got only 75,000 miles and is claimed to have lived with just one owner, and it’s completely stock. This might be the rarest GTI of them all.

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Year: 2003
Model: GTI 1.8T
VIN: 9BWDE61J734025199
Engine: 1.8 liter turbocharged inline-4
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Mileage: 75,000 mi
Location: Orlando, Florida
Price: No Reserve Auction

2003 Volkswagen GTI
1.8L 4 Cyl Engine
TURBO
5 Speed Manual
75,000 Original Low Miles
2 Door
Air Conditioning
Power Windows
Power Locks
Power Mirrors
Cruise Control
Remote Keyless Entry
Aluminum Wheels
Roof Rack (Original Volkswagen Equipment)

Up for sale is a very low mileage Volkswagen GTI. The engine and transmission are perfect and very smooth. The interior is in good shape and not worn out. Tires are new all around. Paint is faded a bit on the top and there are some dings in the 1/4 panel. Clean carfax no accidents reported one owner vehicle.

The car drives strong and smooth through all gears. I’ve driven the car extensively in all conditions and have not found any reason why it would not be a good car for someone. Front door panels are excellent, the rear backseat passenger panels are a bit loose. I have one remote for the car and one regular key.

ABSOLUTELY SOLD AS IS NO WARRANTY. LOOK AT PHOTOS CLOSELY, PHOTOS ARE AN EXTENSION OF WRITTEN DESCRIPTION CONDITION REPORT.

This is NOT A NEW TRUCK! Do not expect a NEW CAR! I do NOT guarantee this vehicle will pass your state inspection or any inspection. I’ve had a lot of buyers on eBay not seem to understand these are nearly 20 year old vehicles, they are not new car with warranties. I’ve driven this car long distance city and highway, it has never given me problems and I get compliments on it every time I drive it.

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Call / Text: 407-233-1838

FLORIDA BUYERS:

If you are planning on registering in Florida then you have to pay me the sales tax. I’m a licensed Florida dealer, there is no way around this. You are responsible for paying the title transfer fee is $78.75. You are responsible for buying a new license plate $225. You are responsible for paying for the registration which is $65. If you have a valid license plate in your name that isn’t expired then you don’t have to pay for a new tag and registration.

THE CAR HAS A CLEAN TITLE

ALL BUYERS

The deposit MUST be paid within 24 hours. I prefer you pay at the end of auction close. I’d like the car paid for within 3 days. This means you can send a check, money order, pay cash in person, venmo, zelle, cash app anything EXCEPT no credit cards no paypal.

CAR PICK UP:
The car needs to be picked up within 7 days, past that we would need to agree and you need to coordinate with me.

This is a no reserve auction, meaning you are bidding to buy not bidding to look at the car. $500 is due within 24 hours of auction close. Deposit is NOT REFUNDABLE.

If you want to have the car shipped you can choose to have the title put in the glove box, or if you want it mailed you must pay the $20.00 mailing cost

The good? Well, as I mentioned in the A4 listing recently, the 1.8T has proven to be a reliable power plant. It’s not without fault, mind you, but it’s also a pretty fun package. The interior and exterior generally look pretty good on this one; not perfect, though, as there’s a sizeable dent on the right-rear quarter panel, but it’s reasonably presentable. The sport seats appear to be in good shape and in line with the claimed 75k miles. Even underneath looks reasonably well kept, especially for having lived in New Jersey since new.

The dealer hasn’t presented much in terms of maintenance, but overall this looks like a pretty reasonable example that, as I mentioned, it very rare to find with lower mileage and in original form these days. While it’ll likely never have the appeal of the first few generations of GTIs, the standard Mk.4 1.8T is a fun driver that’s affordable and easy to fix.

-Carter

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  1. “Do not expect a NEW CAR! Or one with a RADIO!!!”

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