This is my second Eurovan and my fifth VW van. This 2003 model has awesome performance compared to other VW vans. The pickup is outstanding and the traction control (ESP) is the best I've ever driven. Braking is excellent. The only complaint is that Ive had to replace the brake pads at thirty thousand mile intervals (using factory brake parts). Its a solid vehicle. The VR6 engine is a monster!
Traction control, acceleration, hauling, and rigid body structure.
Longer wearing brake pads would be a great asset. The brake control is setup for more evenly distributed braking on all four wheels, which in turn when the brake pads are replaced you generally have to replace both the front and rear sets of brakes.