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Pros: The VR6 Engine
Cons: Entry to the backseat is a bit weird
Advice: Wait for the 2002 version which is supposedly going to have even more horsesTraded in my $35,000 (96 prices) 3-series BMW for a 2001 GTI and this car kicks the BMW's ass. Have had the GTI for just over a year now and have had zero problems with the car and it is still a blast to drive. Quality, performance, comfort, style, and features are comparable or beat cars that are much more expensive.
Pros: AWD with tons of torque
Cons: Vehicle seems less stable @ +110mph due - could be solved w/suspension upgrade
Advice: Skip carbon fiber trim and get the suspension upgrade + performance mufflerI replaced my 1998 Honda Prelude Type SH with this vehicle and never looked back. The straight line acceleration is incredible with minimal engine noise (unlike the Prelude VTEC)...and the AWD allows me an additional 10-20 mph cornering speed on my favorite roads. It is also a very friendly day-to-day driver...easy to get in and out of, 4 doors, large trunk, etc. Acquire one if you have the means. I cannot wait to drive it everyday!!
Pros: The moonroof and cruise control (a must have for me)
Cons: The small-car
Advice: Do your online research first.This car handles very well. The ride is rougher than I was used to but then I was currently driving a larger car and used to a smoother ride. However, I enjoyed the test drive so much I bought it!
Pros: INTERIOR ROOM
Cons: Outside mirrors should be enlarged
Advice: Buy it before the price goes upKudos to VW for making a compact and roomy auto that is fun to drive. I am 6'3' tall and I have plenty of head, sholder and leg room. The car has plenty of cargo room. Acceleration and handeling performance are outstanding for any vehicle, particularly one priced less than $25,000. I have never owned a VW befor, so long as VW continues to provide this kind of quality and value, I will be a loyal customer!
Pros: THE SUNROOF, you have to see it to believe it.
Cons: Rear styling could be better.
Advice: Get the Pan. sunroof and leather (C5 pakage)I am a diehard Volkswagon nut. However when I first saw this car I feel in love. Plain and simple, It was just fun to drive. I had to have it. The one thing I don't like about it is the wait to own one. If you order the leather, which is the only way to go, be prepared to wait, and wait, and wait.
Pros: Luxury dealer
Cons: Harsh Ride
Advice: Perfect small coupeGreat small car. Handles very well. Lots of scoot. A bit too much road noise comes in thru the chassis. Ride is a bit harsh, but for a sporty car it's OK. Great automatic climate control. Great stereo. Not at all 'buzzy' for a four-banger.
Pros: scrolling dash information, safety features
Cons: smallish engine
Advice: Ask about all the features and prices before you end negotiationsSafe and stylish. Everything you expect from a Mercedes.