Love the Euro-feel of the car, hate the owner experience...only two weeks in and already proving to be what I feared it would be. Flywheel was defective and the car has 600 miles on it. Sitting outside at the dealer in the rain with the transmission out. Waiting for VW parts.
Not encouraging, especially given that I've already been down a negative road with VW/Audi in the past. If this one lemons out, it will be the 3rd out of 4 cars that VW is going to buy back.
1995 Golf (my first ever new car)
- bought back by VW with engine and wheel bearing issues (1,200 miles)
2000 Audi A4
- great, never had a problem
2004 Audi Allroad
- bought back by VW/Audi with electrical issues
2012 GTI - TBD
Solid feel, creature comforts, fun to drive, relative bang for the buck
Quality control, get rid of dual mass flywheels and stop outsourcing to 3rd world parts manufacturers!