But they don't. You need to be around the cars and the people for a long time. My husband grew up around VWs (both of his parents have had VWs over the years) and working on them. I've loved them since I was a kid. I've been in the scene for a good 9-10 years now. My husband's first car was awful, but he also got it at almost 200k and it hadn't had some known issues taken care of by the PO. Its now going strong at 330k in his second set of hands since my husband. We have 3 VWs in the driveway, I'm on my second one, as is he. We have an old project VW (a turbo diesel, that gets over 50mpg and there are a lot of VWs of this gen well over 500k). It was neglected but was a strong car even with that. There are problems across the board, not just the NB. But they also make some really great cars. VW doesn't suck. All car companies have their faults and their cars that are problem children, not just VW. And all car companies plan for breakage and obsolescence. Its just not about decade long reliability anymore, and that's across the board. Mercedes used to give badges to owners every 250k they hit...I've seen a few with the million mile badges. Now, 250k to most car owners is absolutely ridiculous, regardless of brand loyalty.