Be good to it and it will be good to you
I had very few and generally minor problems with this car.
The thermostat had to be replaced at about 60,000 miles.
The cigarette lighter broke.
My engine was over heating severely- turned out all I needed was a new radiator cap.
One speaker blew, but was never replaced.
At about 150,000 miles the drivers side power window/ lock door console fell inside the door, making the driver unable to operate the windows and locks.
The black paint on my spoiler also started to oxidize and weather- and we really don't see too much severe weather here in Maryland.
I had heard about all the terrible problems I was going to encounter owning this car, but never had any real repairs done. Simple maintenance kept my car running like a top. These cars get a bad rap mainly because of the way people drive them. It is a nice looking car. Performance was definitely a little lack-luster, but could've been easily remedied by opting for the TSi turbo model. I took this car to Rhode Island (800 miles round trip) probably about 8 or 9 times in one year with out any problems at all. If I wouldn't have totalled it I would've continued to drive it until the wheels fell off.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 22nd December, 2005