A year to the day after I purchased the car, it didn't start. The pre-owned VW warranty paid for a trip on a flat bed truck to the dealership where they inspected the vehichle and found that the ignition coil was defective. This was replaced free of charge as it had been a VW recall.
Other issues include an annoying ticking which was solved by fixing a defective crankshaft oil seal. At the same time they (VW) replaced the timing belt for me. I was concerned about the age of it and they charged me for the part ONLY!
I've had a knock sensor replaced (150100 km), front brakes (158342 km), and the exhaust had to be replaced at 186000 km. A previous owner had already replaced the exhast system once, but did a very poor job of it, thus I had to do it again.
The annoying things are not fun, but come with living in Canada- rust, frozen locks, and disappearing molding. Otherwise it is a great car for winter. It heats up really quickly and plows through the snow with ease.
I'm currently dealing with some strange transmission issues with no solution in sight. The car seems to stick in second gear. Any suggestions would be appreciated.