So before I begin I've been driving my 2003 Wolfsburg edition Jetta since I was 17, love the car and have only had to do repairs once (ECU crapped out). Now, my wife has had a 2003 R53 Cooper S for about a year now and it has been nothing but a problem. I've spent more money fixing it than we have on gas driving it. Last night the car shut off on her while driving, so she had it towed to a shop, etc... I'm sure you can guess the rest. A friend of ours parts, builds, and tunes MK4's, and had an 02' GLS up for sale or trade so she contacted him and we picked it up today. $1500 out the door, the car has no issues engine/drivetrain wise. The issues it does have are small things like the passenger side window motor, hood latch, glove compartment latch, and the sunroof cover is off track. It handles amazingly, the suspension rides like the car is brand new, power steering is very light and responsive, brakes stop the car on a dime, and oddly enough the engine bay is CLEAN for an 02. It has one code for an airbag module that was just replaced and never got coded in the ECU,and but that's simple to do using VCDS. She couldn't be happier with it, and for $1500 it was a steal.
well built sedan-excellant handling, braking visibility-great stereo-cruise all day a 85mph-great for avoiding pot holes,back seat is for dogs or small people -I am 6'4" tall so not great for long rides behind the driver-just enough electronics as to not to act as a distraction
This car was one of the worst purchases i have ever done. It worked for maybe 2k miles just fine then after that weekly now i have to fix something with this car and the value of this car is so low that even fixing the smallest thing on it could cost you more then the car is even worth. its not worth it do not buy this car because the number one thing that will i guarantee go out is the transmission just take a second to look around because i can promise you even if you bought this car brand new it still would go bad in a snap.