Originally Posted by SourKraut
My 2003 Passat was flawless for the 74K miles I owned it from new but I traded it in on a 2010 Subaru that was a disaster of a lemon. Subaru replaced the 2010 lemon with a 2011 lemon and I went back to VW. You never know what you're going to get....
This is definitely not typical.
I've never personally owned a Subaru but I've had 8 or 9 VWs, the last one was a 96 with <100K 5 or 6 yrs ago and it wasn't nearly as good of a car as my Old 70s and 80s A1 & A2 Golfs and Sciroccos. I definitely agree that the German cars are the way to go, the Mexican ones are real trash, they seem to succumb to rust much faster than the German ones and break down more often. If anyone is shopping used the easiest way to tell is the VIN, WVW = Germany 3VW = Mexico.
I'd still advise anyone looking at any VW or Audi more than 5 years old and with 100K+ on the Odo to take a serious look at something else.