VW did well with the 20th AE GTI by raiding the Audi parts bin. It uses TT brakes, trans, and 1.8t engine. Simply the GTI that should have been produced in the first place. I dig the car tremendously, and has been every bit as entertaining as more expensive German sports cars that I've owned. Its a somewhat simple machine designed to simply be fast. Got mine in Black Magic Pearl, murdered out completely. It scares small children. You will not be disappointed.
Recaro seats, traditional golf ball shifter, black headliner (rare on a Vdubb) oh god, the noises with a blow off valve & intake. well worth the small investment. I chose this car over a TT and an R32. Better value than both.
A limited slip would be nice. Car uses a torsion beam rear suspension set up. would have liked an independent one but hell, its $25 stacks - but this is the box o' complaining after all. };)