I bought my 2002 GTI back in 2006 with 39k miles on it.
I decided, despite the car having a MIL light on (check engine light) that it would be worth the purchase because of its factory warranty..
This car has been an absolute nightmare starting within the first 2 weeks of ownership.
List of things I have replaced over the years: MAF sensor, clutch (at 40k), 3 (YES THREE) throttle bodies of the course of 6 years, Coolant temp. sensor, hazard switch, ignition switch, two sets of coil packs, large engine cooling fan, upper and lower control arm bushings, struts are bad (at 130k miles..) the list goes on!!
Know what you're getting into with this model year! I still have this car though.
I love my car despite all the money put into it and issues I have had.
90% of my car troubles were covered by warranty.
The car is fun to drive and especially fun to modify!
Silly love, but the red and black interior is my favorite feature!