2008 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 turbo gasoline from North America
Fantastic but flawed
A/C switch failed - A/C would not blow cold (warranty).
Door lock assembly on driver's side failed (warranty).
PCV valve failed - check engine light and bouncy idle (recall).
Intake manifold flap/motor failed - check engine light (recall).
Two coil packs failed - flashing check engine light/car towed (not warranty).
Thermostat failed - (not warranty).
Both outer CV boots torn.
Rear shocks worn.
The car burns a LOT of oil.
I have ALWAYS been a huge German car fan, and for years have exclusively driven and spoken great words about them, Volkswagens in particular.
That said, I've read many places that VWs tend to fall apart around 5/6 years, and unfortunately, given my experience as well as the experiences of other family members who have owned Volkswagens, it is an unfortunate truth.
I love the way my car drives, I love the way my car looks, and I quite honestly would prefer nothing more than to drive it into the ground. The fuel economy, the handling, the styling, the interior design (roomy AND well made), and the general "sense" of quality are top notch. However, the quality appears to be only skin deep.
However - everything on the car costs money - oil changes are almost 100 bucks (and it burns it anyway), timing belt changes are 1000-1400, and my thermostat alone cost $450 to replace. Germans can make cars that drive like no other, but if you really really want to drive one, you have two options - lease one and that way you'll avoid repairs, or buy one and roll the dice, because even independent shops will charge a lot to fix these cars. All of the engineering required to make them drive as nice as they do costs money, and honestly - I'm just not willing to pay it anymore. I've been quite up-to-date on the maintenance on this car - and it hasn't rewarded me back - so Subaru or Mazda, here I come.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 9th June, 2014