"Bought in 2003 w/5K miles. Runs like a top. Lots of fun, easy to drive, parks on a dime. Heated leather seats are a luxurious touch. No power surge, disappointed that there was no "deal" on gas mileage, but it was not designed to be. No leaks, few sensor issues, wish I could keep it. Has 59K miles now, must sell it to leave country. It was my 4th VW, have always trusted them!"
"Have had my 2002 for almost 4 years. Cruise control only works when it wants to. I had a problem with the power windows too, especially if I turned on the rear defroster, but after constantly replacing a #10 fuse, I replaced it with a #15, and haven't had any trouble since. I really think the thing has too many bells and whistles for the electrical system to handle long term. Check Engine light stays on now, and it has leaked around the driver's side window @ the roof line since I bought it. BUT, no major mechanical trouble, great gas mileage, and a darn sweet ride in the summer with the top down! Front seats are comfortable...back seat...not so much. I MIGHT recommend it to a friend, but only as a second vehicle."
"Living in upstate NY, the car is stored in winter. However, when we get our sunny times (about 6 months out of the year), I take this car out and use it for my daily drive. It makes commuting to and from work a mini-vacation. It handles like a sports car and sips gas like an ecnono-model. I love it!"