This is a follow up review of a positng I did in 2002. EV now has 38K on it and I have not had a problem. Suspension is still great. Had engine replaced at 17K as my father hit a drainage grate that was sticking up on the a new section of the I-5 freeway and took out the oil pan, which damaged the motor - thanks WSDOT ! I don't drive this much as I am overseas for 4 1/2 months/year, but every time I return it starts up just fine. Only needs routine maintenance. The resale value is very high in my area as well.
Spacious interior, performance, styling and very easy to drive.
OEM tires, like on most vehicles are not good. Replaced at 25K with Nokians which are excellent. Higher ratio overdrive or 5 speed, but the van is heavy and pushes a lot of air so I suppose that VW sacrficed MPG for longivety of the transmission. Tilt and telescopic wheel would have been nice.