that's why you dont buy a car without having your local mechanic take a look at it first. i almost bought a BMW from this shady dealership a few years ago, and when i took it to my mechanic it turns out that the car would have probably killed me within a month of owning it...trust me, 30 bucks for the once over will save you thousands and maybe even your life.
and yah, VW's are expensive, plus after they're about 7 or 8 years old they just start going to shit. ive got a 98 audi (made by VW) and it's just killing me right now. ill spend almost a grand getting it fixed, it'll be good for about 6 months, then it'll need another 1000 worth of fixes...
i figured i would overhaul it one last time so i could wait 6 months to get a new car, so i went last month and spent 700 bucks getting it inspected, having some parts replaced, and getting some new tires. thought for sure it'd be in good shape, then today the headlights went out...went to get it looked at, and i need a new internal headlight switch...im out another 250+ dollars.
fuck that thing, im getting a new car when i graduate in a couple weeks. the problem is, im addicted to the way that fucking car drives. i want to get another audi if i can afford a brand new one. otherwise, i think i might just have to get a new tacoma...they get decent mileage and they last longer than the sun.