Great engine.... but the gearbox from a tractor!
Added: 9th of September 2020
Brought this car second hand from a main dealer with 19000 miles on the clock, 5 years later it ha 82,000 and still doing well (ish). Repairs so far, two sets of front discs (first new set had warped after 13 months) new clutch (clutch pedal rides very high and apparently there is nothing you can do to rectify this, hydraulic clutch pedal) and a new cam belt at 55,000 miles. All other repairs have been the usual repair/replacement you'd have with any other car. Gearbox!!! I think the VW designers have thrown a spare spanner in there just in case you need it.... after an oil change its nice and quiet..... by the time you are home again the tractor sounds are back, only thing that spoils this little car... Heat shield.... tin foil. if you hear rattling from under the car its probably the heat shield that has come loose! I repaired mine with a bake bean tin lid and its done me well for well over 30k Would I buy another, probably not... but I need a bigger car for longer trips, if you want this for nipping to the shops or to see family, if would be fine.