I purchased my '04 in May of '04. Immediately installed a chip. Noticeable jump to 215 horses still with good gas milage. Excellent handling I take turns confidently well above the posted mph (have to know the car and its limits). K&N Also a must. Easily modifiable without going into the engine block. Was going to buy a BMW. Wife has 328 5 spd. Believe it or not I like my GTI more. May still buy a 5 series or a 3 convertible but a VW may still be in the future. I would buy VW again. Knock on wood, no mechanical failure. Did have a sun roof problem resolved and under warranty.
Mods, great highway and commuter car. comfortable seats(6'2.5") great pickup. Better than my 90 mustang LX
Cheap arm rest, broke in 3 months of ownership, needs 6th gear. Needs bigger intercooler from factory. Continue to work on electrical gremlins.