"You can haul 5 adults, 30 cubic feet of stuff, 200 lbs. on the roof, and 2000 in tow, while still making well over 30 to the gallon! You'll make well over 40 if you are going solo without the gear! Handles like a European car and has acceleration which can burn rubber in the first 2 gears. Like the old ads say, "Volkswagen does it again.""
"quick wagon. replaced rear pads and rotors (kind of a pain). no engine problems execpt service engine light is on. mechanic says its an emission problem, but will not affect driveability. gets 29-30mpg with 5 speed, minimal rust for a 97. at 6'2", PLENTY of room!! definetly would buy another, maybe 2002 or newer."
"Bought new and now has 101,000. A couple minor issues when only 2-3 years old, but nothing since other than a wheel bearing at <$275. Other than changing the oil, it's been nearly maintenance free. Original stainless exhaust still in good shape too, and brakes hold up well - this car does stop on a dime like no American car can and handles great. Backseat and trunk space is great, seems cars that are bigger today have much less space. The GLX comes standard with so much, antilock, trac control, then throw in heated leather and sunroof and it's been a great value car for $22k new. We've had people (that are maybe not knowledgeable about cars) ask if we got a "new" car when they see it (yes, thinking brand new), not realizing it's 11 years old...it's held up well and the styling isn't that out of date."