I've had my GTI for right at 6 years now. Thus far I have only had one problem with it, and it was my fault. (I damage the clutch switch whilst I was installing an aftermarket sound system.) The car is quick - not fast, a title I reserve for vehicles that are actually fast, comfortable, and fun to drive. The leather seems to be of relatively high quality, and is quite supple. For an economical two door compact this one is great.
The auto-dimming rear mirror is so incredibly useful. I only notice it when I am driving a car that doesn't have that feature. Cup holder placement is nice. The fact that there are two sets of 6.5" component speakers associated with the sound system made the custom sound system easier to install.
Cooled seats would be a nice addition for the Florida heat. I rarely use the heated seats. A 3.5mm input jack for the sound system would be incredibly useful. The fuel cap tether broke fairly early on. It could be sturdier.
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