We love our Weekender, and we use it hard. It tows our boat well in the
summer, and is even better in winter than our 97 Passat GLX (we live on a
pass in the White Mtn. Region with unusually extreme winter weather -
250"+ of snow per season). The brakes are fantastic, and the avoidance
handling is far better than expected for a big, clunky, top heavy bread
the 24 valve VR6, the traction control, great brakes, much better than
Greyhound handling, the weekender package.
better skid plate protection/design... I cracked an oil pan ($450) on a less
than 4WD only road. People are going to buy this to "get away", and that
can't always be accomplished while cruising comfortably along on a
paved surface - at least not for us.