I owned several Golfs and GTIs and it is a great car when it is working but it breaks down so often it makes you question the quality of the product. If you don't have warranty on a VW you can find yourself spending thousands and thousands to get if fixed. Plus if you are not a demanding customer they always try to get you, even if your car is eligible for warranty repair. http://tradeinqualityindex.com
check this link and you will know how bad they are.