Very capacitive family car, and one of the cheapest cars to maintain
Engine: the only thing I had to replace was pistons' rubber bands (which cost $10, and $30 to replace) (in VW service it would cost $120 rubber bands, and $100 to replace). So VW dealers are poor at their service.
Some minor suspension tweaks, and maintenance. General to all cars over 10 years.
Clutch fluid cylinder broke. The one above the transmission box. (at 194k km).
Finally fluids from the steering system started to leak, due to some wear outs of the whole system.
Extremely capacitive family car. But it was not for me, a 20 years old guy, with one girlfriend.
Good on road and off road.
Suspension is wacky, good at huge bumps, but very poor at small road changes, and small bumps. Very poor handling at sporty driving (have in mind it GT variant).
Impressive torque (1st and 2nd gear), with average fuel consumption.
The interior would rattle all the time, so it is really not stereo friendly. Also noise level are high, both from road and the engine.
The car had very comfortable seating, load of room for all passengers. Also huge trunk. However for long distances it is noisy and has poor suspension (but this might be my car specific, even though shock absorbers worked well).
And the car is extremely cheap to maintain. Parts are cheaper than cheap, plus you can find them everywhere.
Another thing, if you know how to maintain and repair your bike, you can do it with this car. It is so simple, and easy, you can do the maintenance, and parts replacement on your own.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th March, 2006