Very good car, just maintain it properly!!
Clutch at 140,000 miles.
Injection pump at 239,000 miles.
One of my friends bought this car new, and has had it until I bought it off him recently. I love it. The 1.9 turbo diesel engine only has 90 HP, but 155 pounds of torque. It moves reasonably quick, I don't have trouble keeping up with anybody. This car has had no major problems, and is in perfect running condition.
One word of caution... DO NOT GO TO A VW DEALER FOR SERVICE... Go to a private TDI guru, especially for timing belts. They do it right. And cheaper.
Handles like a German car should. Very crisp and tight, while being somewhat forgiving as well. Steering with one finger is very easy to do.
The 5 speed manual transmission shifts super smooth into each gear, and the clutch is very predictable and forgiving. Great car to learn how to drive stick. A good tip is to avoid the automatic transmission like the plague. Do some research on that. You won't believe the failure rates.
A/C, heat, cruise, everything works as it should. I knew the previous owner very well since he bought the car new, and there have been NONE of the major problems that every other VW owner claims to have had. I believe they fail to maintain it properly. For instance: timing belt at the first 60,000 miles (replaced with a belt that lasts 100,000 miles), fuel filter every 10-20,000 miles. Oil change with Shell Rotella t6 5w40 every 10,000 miles.
These diesel engines are very quiet, clean, and efficient. I frequently get 45+ MPG, even driving aggressively. Driving like Grandma Moses gets me into the 50+ range. Getting 750 miles on 14 gallons of diesel is simply astounding. No smoke either (for all you diesel haters).
Great car. Just do your homework!!!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know
Review Date: 25th February, 2014