I feel I should explain, I really WANTED a VW of some sort because after driving one, it is the closest thing to a BMW that I had driven. I loved the way it drove and felt. However, after this thread and talking to the three VW drivers I know, I decided against one solely because all I wanted and NEEDED was a solid totally reliable car that got good mileage AND was at least not BORING to drive. I can say at this point, the Focus has hit the mark! Of course I'll have to see how reliable it is but for the drive and econemy, it is already proven itself to me. I was pushing it again this morning down my road and left everyone behind so far they took about a minute of me sitting at the light to catch up when they normally are all on my ass to pass!