I purchased my first VW for $300 in college. I was the third owner of 1990 Golf with 164,000 miles. I drove it on the highway while red-lining, never changed the oil, rode the clutch and NEVER had problems. I got nervous around 180,000 miles and changed the clutch. The mechanic said the clutch still had about 2,000 miles left! Fast forward to 2002: I purchased a new 2002 GTI 1.8T in August. Before the end of 2003 I was in the dealer countless times. There were three separate recalls plus countless other problems (ignition coils, dead battery, two broken control arms, driver-side window fell into the door panel). I love the car; hate the reliability.
this car is fun to drive. It delivers decent speed. I love passing Hondas with annoying coffee can tailpipes. I wish I had the speed to pass WRXs.
Lose the turbo lag. Lose the bells and whistles and go back to making worry-free cars that are fun to drive and last forever.