I have had this car for 10.5 years since new and still enjoy driving it.
Just coming up to 70K so low mileage. I do almost all the work on my car so the maintenance is not bad.
Repairs that have been needed to date are: coolant temp. sensor $30.00, MAF sensor ($190) and now just need to replace the O2 sensor ($76.00). New front end bushings need so installed new front control arms and tie rod assembly with alignment ($1,000). Replaced original brakes at 32k(front) and 34K (rear) and now have about 10K left on 2nd set so have drilled Zimmermann brakes and EBC pads to go on.
Tune up easy to do. Most important service is to change transmission fluid per service manual
Resale value. Fun to drive and tons of room. Performance good for close to a full size van.
No rattles or squeaks.
Running 17" wheels during summer improves the stance. Handles excellent in snow with Nokian WR2 snow tires.
Not really suggested improvement but rather a wish list of what the car could have been.
A five speed transmission would have been great (better mileage). If the tranny ever goes out I would try and replace with a 4 motion if possible to modify.
For styling it would have helped to have side skirts to hide the visible unibody frame welds.
Wish the MV rear facing seats were in a track like in Europe so they could be switched around so driver's seat more comfortable on longer trips.
Finally, that VW bring over the T5 (modern version) of the van to the US.