While there are some things to dislike about the car overall, for the price (just 25k (base model) new, and can be purchased for 17-22k used), it is really a steal. If you ever wanted the experience sports care ownership at a realistic price this is your chance. Obviously, the suspension is not something you are going to care about being "too tight" if you are already set on buying a faster car, I say buy it and enjoy years of hassle free ownership (VW customer service is excellent) and the car's borderline addictive handling characteristics.
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2012 Volkswagen GTI Ratings, Reviews and Analysis
Ratings & Reviews
Great Overall Car, Pros outweigh the Cons.
Safety Ratings and Recalls
2012 Volkswagen GTI
2012 Volkswagen GTI (8/4/2015)
Campaign Number: 15V483000
Component Name: AIR BAGS:FRONTAL
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc. (Volkswagen) is recalling certain model year 2010-2014 Volkswagen CC, and Passat, 2010-2013 Eos, 2011-2014 Golf, GTI, Jetta, and Tiguan, and 2012-2014 Jetta Sportwagen vehicles. In the affected vehicles, debris may contaminate the air bag clock spring, a spiral wound, flat cable that keeps the air bag powered while the steering wheel is being turned. This contamination may tear the cable and result in a loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag.
Defect: A loss of electrical connection to the driver's frontal air bag will prevent the air bag from deploying in the event of a vehicle crash, increasing the risk of injury.
Corrective Action: Volkswagen will notify owners, and dealers will install a protective cover over the steering wheel clock spring if the air bag light is off. If the airbag light is on and the steering wheel clock spring requires replacement, dealers will install a new steering wheel clock spring. These repairs will be performed free of charge. The recall began on January 15, 2016. Owners may contact Volkswagen customer service at 1-800-822-8987.