Used Car of the Day: 2003 Volkswagen GTI 20th Anniversary

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
used car of the day 2003 volkswagen gti 20th anniversary

Our first used car of the day comes from Maryland -- a 20th Anniversary 2003 Volkswagen GTI 1.8T.

Offered for $3,200, this one has a manual transmission and 160,000 miles on the clock. It also needs a bit of love and care -- that's obvious from the photos, and the seller says so, as well. The car DOES have a salvage title.

However, a whole bunch of parts have less than 5,000 miles on them.

This could be a perfect project for a VW fan, especially if you're looking for a starter car on a budget.

Take a look, especially if you're in the mid-Atlantic area.

[Image: Seller]

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  • DenverMike DenverMike on Nov 01, 2022

    Why would he replace only the left bearing? Is the right magical? There’s too many telling things and no doubt most of those miles are a 1/4 mile at a time.

    Scrap value. If he’s smart he already stepped up to 4.6 V8 Mustang, bone stock, some street/strip gears and drag radials.

  • SPPPP SPPPP on Nov 01, 2022

    I own a E90 BMW ... it is amazing how many ways the German car industry can find to make things complex. They are ingenious, I will give them that. And when stuff works, it works great. But when it goes wrong, it can be quite a puzzle.

    • Theflyersfan Theflyersfan on Nov 01, 2022

      We had a 1998 M-B C280 in the family, purchased new at the time. And it gave us a rock solid 80,000 or so miles with only scheduled maintenance needed, including the eye watering expensive oil changes. And then it was like a mileage trigger was hit where it just seemed like a bunch of tiny, cheap things started breaking, clogging, or falling off. They (the latest German cars/CUVs) seem to be built for the lease period so they are perfect for the doctor, dentist, lawyer, business owner, CEO's business expense ownership period...and then screw the next owner or God help you, the third owner. How many 2005-2011 era BMW 7-series do you still see? Too expensive to fix.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Nov 02, 2022

    Did I sleep through 6 months and it's actually April 1st... April Fools Day? Back to back clapped out high mileage VW products ready to bankrupt their next owner and leave them high and dry on every two-lane road they traverse. VW's are great... when they're under warranty. Out of warranty, avoid them like Dr. Fauci at a cocktail party.

  • Zerofoo Zerofoo on Nov 28, 2022

    Ugh - a MKIV VW. Heavy, slow and terrible interior durability to boot. The 1.8t in these things had awful lag, and was made worse by owners swapping K03 for K04 turbos.

    No Thanks.