Hey now... don't get people wrong. You have to keep in mind that a lot of the people posting problems are new owners of OLD cars that likely had issues when they bought it. However, just because many people post about their car's breaking down, it doesn't mean that they don't love them.
My Bug didn't run for almost 1.5 years.... but I still loved it. I pained me and broke my heart to watch it finally drive away from my 9 year ownership on the back of a trailer.
Another thing to consider if you're new to watercooled VWs, the early years of the Mk4 platform weren't the most... shall we say... reliable of the watercooled clan.
Regardless... I miss my bug! ...and cheers to you for your Mean Green pride!