Pros: "Fun to drive, handles well, excellent power"
Cons: "Plastic parts tend to break with age"
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 10
"I drove this car off the lot in February 2000 and have never regretted buying it. After 16 years in a Honda I was ready for something more exciting and the VR6 engine provided that. Engine and auto. trans. are well matched for weight of car and suspension is well tuned. At 104,000 miles body is tight with no leaks or rattles. Just had the a/c recharged, Climate Control works fine. 19 city/26 hwy on regular. Seats are lumbar adjustable and provide excellent support; both electrically controlled with seat heaters. My one main complaint is the plastics used under hood and interior become brittle and are expensive to replace. Problems associated with cooling system, glove box hinges, and console cover latch. I'm giving car to my nephew and will be sorry to see it go. The upside is my fall-back is my 2009 Sportwagen which I enjoy even more but that's for another review."
"Engine has only 80,000 mi.-Replaced 3 years ago at aprox. 75,000 mi.inc.new clutch,timing belt and water pump.Has new rear calipers,front brake rotors,middle and rear exhaust sections and
"owned since new, shines like new, paint perfect. No drive train problems ever, 55+ on the road 45 around town never burned a drop of oil
Only work ever required has been
timing belt at 80,000. glow plugs twice, alternator pulley, rear pass power window (warranty covered), rear brakes at 95,000, 3rd set of tires, current issues headliner and 2 door panels starting to sag. tinted windows starting to peel at bottom"
"I miss this car sooo much. It was fun to drive, it was dependable, it was fast and it was sooo fun to drive. I had the car for 9 years and I regret selling it. It never gave me any issues and was only in the shop for regular maintenance. It was six speeds of highway bliss. It made me better looking. It made me funnier. It made me sexy."
Pros: "Reliable, economical fuel efficiency, long life"
Cons: "TDIs are too expensive to buy new."
Likely to recommend this car? (1-10): 9
"The diesel engine was the most reliable and efficient I've ever had.
I regularly got between 47 and 52 miles per gallon (I always measured).
The body and suspension went way before the engine did. I finally got rid of the car after owning it for 15 years and going 463,000 miles because the suspension needed major repairs but, the engine was still going strong. You can't beat a TDI. If only VW would lower their prices on TDI models..."