I understand that VW has always been a bit "quirky" as I have owned three. This particular car has been somewhat of a nightmare. From the second day of ownership, the car was in the shop for 7 weeks because of incorrect engine assembly. After it was returned it was fine for the first 6 months. From that point on I have been through 3 sets of brakes on the back only! (The front are still at 40% and considered normal by the dealership) 2 transmissions(auto), 1 sunroof motor, 5 oxygen sensors, 1 a/c compressor, 3 sets of glowplugs(and I live in PHOENIX!), NUMEROUS window mechanisms and motors and several front door latches and alarm sensors!!! The horn has been replaced 5times (still won't work!
For it's size and price it is extremely quiet on the freeway. The mileage is AMAZING!(50+) and the car FEELS(?) solid.
Honestly if the reliability were there it would be a spectacular car. I think mine happened to roll in the factory at 4:55pm on friday and out by 5:01pm the same day!!!!!!