My Golf 2.0 (2004) Automatic 2 Dr. Hatchback is the best little car I have every owned.
I bought the car with only 3000 miles on it--it now has 36,000 and still purrs.
It rides clean and very quiet--the interior is pretty--the exterior sporty.
NOTHING HAS EVER GONE WRONG WITH MY LITTLE BABY GOLF.
I put the gas mileage at around 38 MPG/on HWY-little less in city (I don't do city though)
The only item that needed to be replaced from 3000-36,000 miles was my battery because I drive the car from the Pacific Northwest to Arizona at least 3-4 times a year. In AZ the battery gets sucked dry fast in the heat and humidity.
Only other car that compares to the Golf was my Honda Odyssey.
The engine is so darn quiet.
Cup holders and gadgets just seem to be in the right places.
Great gas mileage.
It is a cute looking little car.