A driving pleasure - if looked after
New Front Shocks.
Rear brake calipers.
Usual seat wear and some smaller bits and bobs.
First off never underestimate a VW with 200000+ miles on the clock! If looked after these cars are excellent with crisp handling, still respectable hot-hatch performance and good understated looks (if kept standard) I highly recommend the the 16v engined over the 8v because once you've learnt to use its top heavy power band you won't be disappointed - plenty of rolling roads have proved the lower end torque advantage on the 8v to be a myth (in standard form anyway!) and they do handle better. I also think once you've built up some muscles the non-powered steering offers better road feedback. Even after driving more powerful cars (also got a BMW 535 and wife's Corrado G60) I miss the feel of real driving and light weight precision of this car. I can see why so many are still popular on the Neubeuring as they make good track cars.
Looking to get a lower mileage 2.0 16v Corrado engine in it at some point (if this engine will ever die!)
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th June, 2006