Like many I have been told for years to stay away from German cars.
However my average repair on an American car was always $750. So how bad could it be?
I bought a 99 V6 Passat in Nov of 07 with 112K on it.
I was the 3rd owner.
I have had to fix the ECU, Control Arm and Power steering pump.
But with the car this age and miles that did not seem bad to me.
Also, if you have a German car and you need a part!
LOOK ON LINE for it and save!
Example, the ECU traction control computer dealer and private shop cost, 1K4-1.5K$.
To buy new with 1 year warrantee, 600$.
To take it out myself, have it sent to a company that fixes it and ships it back with a 3 year warrantee, $168.00 DO YOU SEE MY POINT!
I would trust this car to get into it right now and drive to Alaska!
Get the 2.8