I have had 5 VW's from a 1989 Jetta Wolfsberg (one of the best cars I have owned) to a 2007 GTi. I But like others, there have been a couple of misses. a 2001 Jetta I bought brand new was probably the worst of the bunch with everything from the AC compressor to the window motor to the rear brakes getting smoked in the first 10,000 miles. I still love VW's. I have had more good than bad and the good ones have been quite good. The GTI is by far my favorite and I think best bang for your buck for a "driver's" car.