Well, I might as well jump on the anti-VW bandwagon with a little story of my own...
A friend of mine was going back to TO from Ottawa and decided to stop in (we went to high school together, but I don't see him too often since I don't live in TO anymore). He was driving his mom's 99 Jetta... over the course of the weekend, the AC compressor broke down (making a strange gutteral sound at idle) and the passenger-side mirror broke off when his mom TOUCHED it (she didn't even put any weight on it apparently). After he left my place, I took the sea-doo out and came back to find out that he was back in my driveway with the front passenger door in pieces... turns out that the motor for the passenger-side power window failed, followed in rapid succession by the mechanical failure of the linkage from the motor to the window, causing the window to plummet into the door. We tried to temporarily rig it closed, but VW in their infinite wisdom makes their doors completely closed in with sheet metal so you can't even access the window! Needless to say, he ended up having to make the 3+ hour trip with the passenger-side window wide open
It makes me wonder why in the hell he's now looking at buying a VW... I hope after that comedy of errors, he'll reconsider.