Stay away from VW unless you are a mechanic and are able to fix cars yourself
Cost estimate is parts + labor, and work was never done at stealerships.
1. Almost hoses were falling apart, which needed to be replaced periodically. After market hoses are much better in quality than stock ones. $500.
2. A few of the stock plastic connectors, resulting in massive coolant leak. $200.
3. Expensive oil leak in the engine due to faulty gaskets and sealants. Fixed for $400.
4. PCV valve and a few other types of valves and connectors. $400.
5. Windshield wiper motor. $300.
6. Coolant temperature sensor. $100.
7. O2 lambda sensor. $200.
8. MAF sensor. $150.
9. One of the rear brake calipers seized while a front one broke apart while driving. $500.
10. Plastic impeller blades of water pump failed, causing major heating of the engine. Replaced by after market water pump. $700.
11. Both head lights failed along with a few brake lights. $100.
12. Trunk lock failed. $100.
13. Driver side door lock sensor (part of the door lock) failed. $350.
14. Preventative timing belt replacement. $600.
I got the car in 2007 and I was under impression that VWs make excellent cars. I was wrong. The only things good about VWs is that they look good, are a joy to drive (when they work), have an amazing zing to them (turbo) and their paint job is excellent if it was metallic.
VW cars are highly unreliable, expensive to maintain and poorly designed. The quality of their parts and components is extremely poor! As a result, they have one of the worst warranties, 3 years - 30,000 miles, which only cover very few and the most basic issues, which does not get transferred when one buys a used VW, even if the car was under warranty.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 4th November, 2012