This was initially a great, fun, fuel efficient ride. After just 35,000 miles it had a massive coolant leak problem that cost thousands to repair despite the fact that it had been beautifully maintained with regular service at a certified shop. At 45,000 miles, the transmission went. This cost several thousand more dollars to repair. After that, it was all normal service (brakes, pumps, belts, etc). It was fine, if increasingly noisy, for years after this. Despite being garaged its whole life, the exterior pieces started to fall off. Then, the engine imploded on the freeway at 75,000 miles. At this point, we junked it.
exterior durability, MECHANICAL RELIABILITY (see above), no cup holders, tiny trunk even for a car this size, noisy ride, drippy seals when it rained, poor factory speakers (went through several rounds of new ones during ownership), replacement VW parts longevity in general quite poor
I bought this car wanting an inexpensive, fuel efficient yet fun and reliable car. I have had it for over 4 years and it has never broke down on me. It is the most reliable car I've ever owned and I've owned plenty, including new cars. I love this car and it's fun to drive. I drove it across country and had the time of my life. This car has required very low maintenance. Other than replacing the tires and regular oil changes, I haven't been set back at all. It's paid for itself.
It's a convertible! Top down, feels like I'm on vacation even when I'm just going to work. Fun! and RELIABLE!
seat adjustments, turning the wheel to adjust the seat is a bit of a pain.