I just got the GTI and I am THRILLED. I traded in my 1999 Dodge Intrepid for it. This is faster than my 200hp intrepid, and handles like a little porsche. I put about 400 miles on it since I got it Friday. It's monday as I write this.
My favorite part is the performance. Unbelievable for a vcar this size.
This car is all around perfect. The only way I could better future VW owners would be to allow them to have the 100k warranty in 2002 and later models.