A vehicle of good quality, let down by poor design
Alternator pulley seized, dealer could not remove pulley from alternator, so had to replace alternator (the pulley is a clutch type).
Both rear brake calipers seized. Had to be replaced.
Doors lock and unlock themselves. Cause faulty rear hatch lock solenoid.
Fuel filler flap refused to open. Wiring fault between switch and fuse. Pig of a job!
Lacquer peeling off most body panels. (Paint is original, not repaired). Seemingly a popular VW and Audi trait if you search on Google.
Exhaust heat shields broken away from mountings and rattle. Cause was dissimilar metal corrosion.
All front suspension arms replaced due to failed joints. Expensive job due to seized pinch bolts.
Tailgate rusting below rear window.
Rubber air intake hose split. Very small hose, very big price!
Reversing light switch failed (switch on top of gearbox, very difficult to get at).
Front brake calipers replaced due to unbalanced operation.
All in all, this car has been a great disappointment. My first VW and definitely my last. Okay, it is a high mileage car, and failures due to wear and tear are expected. I have previously owned high mileage BMWs and Porsches that have been totally reliable. The thing that annoys with this car is that most of the problems are down to poor design. I do my own maintenance whenever possible, and this vehicle will frustrate any DIY mechanic with its pointlessly complicated and poorly thought out design.
By far the most expensive car in terms of maintenance that I have owned. The only car I have ever owned that always needs work to pass an MOT.
If the car wasn't so economical (I can get almost 60mpg on a long journey), I would have got rid of it by now, but in any case, its days are numbered!
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 5th September, 2010