2009 Volkswagen GTI 2.0 turbo from North America
Fun, dependable, modest running costs
Intake manifold flapper valve failed about the 4.5 year mark. It was replaced by the dealer as a warranty item.
Comfortable, quiet, fast and enough torque. Gas mileage is about 28, premium, with 50-50 freeway / town usage.
The dealer has done some strange stuff and has been helpful too. However was told the rear shocks were leaking, they weren't, also that the turbo exhaust valve had an "oil" leak, though there is not a lot of oil in the turbo.
Both of the above issues were examined by another repair facility and dismissed as not true.
I'm not sure what to think about this as I'd like to think the service guy was sincere, but the problems were easily assessed as being non-issues. If it's the people who actually do the work that are wrong, then it's probably not a good place to go for service.
Normal maintenance intervals are 10k miles or yearly, which is more than reasonable.
Replaced the battery last week at 5/6 years and 50k miles. $170, self installed, which seemed pricey.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th November, 2015