My wife and I (mostly my wife, because I don't drive) are looking at a new car. We were leaning towards a Subaru Impreza 2.5 TS because of a number of factors, not the least of which was the very favorable finance rate for the '03s and the low-ish price. Well, the place she was going to buy the '03 from turned out to have no '03s left by the time the deal was put together, and all they have to offer us now are '04s for more money and a much worse rate. Meanwhile, we had looked at a VW Golf TDI while car shopping, and had decided it was a little too much money for us (but my wife loved driving it and it was extra-comfy inside). So, just as we find out that we can't get the Subaru, we get a call from the VW dealership to offer us the '03 VW Golf TDI GLS with the luxury package at a better finance rate than Subaru '04 and for only $1000 more once all taxes and discounts and whatevers are counted. Seems like a no-brainer, right? So here are my VW questions. 1) we heard that repairs are expensive. True? Do they hold up well, or do they fall apart after a few years? 2) do they hold their value particularly well? 3) any reason we should or should not consider this car? Seems like a very good deal, and the worst thing (as far as we can see) about it is that the car we're being offered is not in our favourite colour: it's the silver one, and we'd rather have the black or the blue.