The 4th generation of the GTI has a cumulative PainRank™ of 0.77. That can be compared against other Volkswagen generations. Shopping for a Volkswagen? This generation is generally a good bet.
Owners of the 1997–2003 GTI model years have sent in 10 complaints on CarComplaints.com. We've listed the three most common below. Most are about the transmission (30%) followed by the interior (10%) and the clutch (10%).