So, I finally picked my whip up today...only 2 months since the accident. There were quite a few parts on backorder, including the SRS module, the rear lift gate and a couple of other minor items. The only non-VW part is the A/C condenser...not too sure why, though. The only 'major' bodywork necessary was a the front unibody horn that the front bumper support bolts to was slightly bent. This required welding a new front piece to it. Also, there was a tailpiece under the rear bumper that was slightly indented, which required drilling out and a new piece welded on. It also required a new serp belt, intercooler and radiator, A/C condensor, front and rear bumper covers and supports, headlights/tailights, supports and then all the painting, etc. Code clears and alignment cost another $1,100. After all is said and done they probably could have totaled it.
My only minor issues are with the passenger front quarter and hood gap, which is slightly larger than the other side and there's a slightly larger gap between the front bumper cover and the driver quarter panel. I'm not sure how much they could tighten these gaps up, but I'l give it a week or two, see if it still bothers me and, if so, see if they can tighten the gaps a little. The passenger quarter was replaced while the driver quarter was repaired. Overall, I'm happy to have the car back and plan to keep it for a while. I took such a big hit (as all new car owners do) in the first year of ownership that it makes no sense to sell/trade it now. I might as well drive it until the depreciation levels off. Heck, by that time Audi will have a TDI wagon in the states, so I'll probably jsut step into one of those. Now to install my mirrors, lower it, 18s and all the other stuff that I want to do.