Interesting. I've never owned a VW but I've owned BMW's Audi's and one Mercedes and rarely had any problems with any of them. Very reliable. I had a lot more issues with Chevy Suburban's and Danali's, YMMV.After selling cars for over 20 years, all I can tell you is that German cars are like a high maintenance girl friend. If you love them enough they are worth the time and expense. Don't expect it to be as reliable as your Toyotas. You might want to consider a service contract.