It is a very fun car to drive, I have had it for more than 8 years, and 145,000 miles, still on original clutch. Never take the car to dealers, always work with local VW mechanic. Maintenance is a little bit high, but it is worth it. I have changed the ECU to after market, the car goes 20% faster and save more gas.
1.8 Turbo with ABT ECU is really awesome, the car is fast and a gas savior. Suspension is a bit weak, but still enjoyable and
Interior needs to be improved, after 5 years, all started making noise, and all the protection starts to wear off.