Most reliable car I've ever owned
Paint chipped a bit after two years, but not bad.
Had to replace the back hatch lift handle/light TWICE. It's just plastic, and if your hatch starts sticking at any point, you tend to put more pressure lifting it, and the handle starts to loosen until it finally breaks (I've noticed this on several tC's on the road).
Seats stain quickly, along with interior door panels.
This car is great for the money.
Had no major problems at all.
Replaced battery at 5 years (typical).
Replaced the head light lamps twice the first year, but then never again.
Replaced tires about every 35k miles.
Gave it regular oil changes and tire rotation every 5k miles.
Absolutely no mechanical problems.
The tC comes with a timing chain, not belt, so that's expected to last the life of the car.
Other than the hatch lift breaking twice and the hatch handle literally melting off from Texas heat, have had no major issues.
I just surrendered title to the insurance company from a total loss in a non-fault collision :( I went this weekend to clean out my belongings, and I sat behind the wheel to reminisce. I turned the ignition switch one last time and she cranked right up (sounded great)... she was one tough cookie, with an awesome look.
Going to go buy another one this weekend. You can't top its reliability.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2011