Bought in 2000 when 2 years old.
Problems with the turbo, dealer replaced
for free even though I am the third
owner. Consistently get 50 mpg +/- 1 mpg
winter, summer, city or highway. Lots of
torque; I do not use first gear.
Handling very good, and the car is
balanced so that it sometimes tricks me
into thinking it is a rear-wheel drive
car in the winter, and I slide past a
turn when I downshift to slow down.
Only negatives are that one door is
stuck shut (due to handle?). Can't VW
fix this after two decades? Also, stock
shocks/struts are junk; KYB improved
Torque, mileage, handling
Make oil changes easier. Make door
handle/hardware more reliable.