I'm looking to add another vehicle to the fleet in the next few months. I currently have a supercharged BMW and a motorcycle (the fun toys). The wife has the practical vehicle, i.e. a Merc ML320.
The Merc has 106k miles now and we want to just keep it for winter driving and hauling stuff. We're not going to sell it since we wouldn't get much for it anyway and the car still has plenty of life left.
Anyway, we're looking to add a daily driver, which will be the wife's main car. Something reliable, fun and has good gas mileage. I was thinking about Mazda 3, Audi A3 2.0T or VW GTI (want a hatch). I like the classy look of the A3 but love the sportiness and retro interior of the GTI. Since it has to be an auto (wife can't drive a manual), the manu-auto of the Golf GTI seems a good option (so, it's still somewhat fun for me as well ). Oh yeah, I'm also considering the Mazda 3 since it is a fun car and reliable but the heart is really with the two Germans...
* Is the reliability of the A3 and GTI very comparable?
* What are the main things that break down on the GTI?
I tend to keep my vehicles for an extended period of time, so if it is a problem car, probably not the best idea.
Any other thoughts? I really like on in Candy White btw...
Modified by luciano136 at 10:15 PM 2-2-2009