I have 58,000 miles on my 07 Rabbit and I have not had to make a single repair. For its size, the car rides well. Engine noise is noticeable and often enjoyable. I find the 6 speed automatic quite smooth. No problems with brakes, bass flare, weird electronics or any of the stuff I read here. I have a 48 inch rack and put 4 kayaks on it! What a car!
It is a bunch of fun to drive - cornering, acceleration, etc. Stereo is great, seats very comfy and heated, like the interior lights. . . .
Ipod jack in the glove box is dumb. Find an independent mechanic who works on VWs. Parts are very expensive.