We bought it after our 01 passat starting having problems (bottom pan fell off while on the hwy). The car is great when you do not have any issues. Our passat has been in service for repairs 12 times or more in 3 years. 4 of them I needed to be towed. Had fuel system problems, a/c went out twice (we live in Texas), check engine light blinked several times totally disabling the car (once over x-mas holiday), replaced rear axle beam due to old one bending, & now the oil pressure light came on and showing signs of sludging (found out that sludging is a big problem with the 1.8T engines) and might have to replace engine. We have drove across USA with it and it is unreliable on any type of trip.
Good handling, sporty, fast, and feels great @ high speeds. Just do not trust it after the mfg warranty expires. Definitely but extended warranty if you buy one, it will save you thousands of dollars. Gas mileage very good, I get 28-33 mpg/hwy. City 20-24 mpg. VW does care about you after you sign!
VW needs to be responsible for all the ongoing problems with the 1.8t engine an no play stupid when the issues occur. They are well aware of all the problems these engines have.