I have my '05 T5 (FWD) since day one - just a hair over 9 years now (and is an auto transmission, but somehow not an option here).
I still love getting in to it twice a day for a 30 mile commute.
The fuel economy is tough to beat, averaging 32MPG.
However, it is fussy and likes to be babied to avoid issues.
My fuel pressure sensor failed, causing tremendous ride issues, but no error code was generated, therefore the dealer threw up their hands at the issue, and wanted $450 parts/labor to replace it.
The part is $50 on Amazon.com, and takes 1 hour to install.
If you feel the car lose power or otherwise ride rough, look into changing this sensor!
Peppy turbo engine.
Smooth, quiet ride.
Small turning radius.
Some exterior trim does not do well under harsh sun/heat exposure.
Common faults are lower-control arm bushings ($$$), sway bar bushings ($$), PEM sensor failure (quiet warranty), fuel-pressure sensor failur ($ DYI, $$$ dealer).