Bought it in 2011 with 6800 miles on it. Planning on keeping it for another 5 years. Most experts recommend meticulous maintenance with VWs, which I've tried to do. No issues except for the CEL coming on a couple of times...dealer corrected at no cost. Dealer service outstanding (Bud Brown VW). My favorite car ever!
After combing through the small car segment - I stumbled upon the Golf, and my decision was made. The combination of economy, styling, quality and driving characteristics were top in its class. My biggest decision was going TDI or EPV. TDI was my first choice, however decided the extra costs weren't worth it.. After owning the car for 5 months I'm still pleased with my choice. The car ride is solid, not a single issue so far. Fuel economy, despite being the gasoline engine - has been excellent. Am averaging 35-38mpg on my daily 12mile commute, and have averaged as high as 43mpg on longer distances. Would buy it again..