Clutch went at 300 000k.
Dash lights went out one day, never found out why.
Headliner was falling down.
Sunroof leaked and healed itself at random.
I absolutely loved it, I found it to be very reliable and took it on 600k+ drives on a regular basis.
The engine had a performance cam in it and it had a lot of power (a lot!!), with the tuned exhaust was a real head turner for a Golf.
It had strange problems that came and went at random, such as a couple times I would be driving down the road and the car would misfire wildly and would not have enough power to continue driving. However if you pulled over, shut the car off and fired it again, this would not happen for 4 more months. Hmm?
The car, even with the wheels aligned properly, would chew through a good set of tires in a couple months of driving. What the?
I found the car to have some strange issues, none that ever left me stranded, but weird never the less. I loved the car. I was proud to drive it and wish that certain someone wouldn't have wrecked it, it was a blast to drive on windy open roads. I loved my GTI!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 1st November, 2009