I've just read this entire thread.. pfffeeww
talking about discussing things..
My 2 cents ? Been an VW/Audi fan all my life, changed to Alfa because of the bloodchillin' design the 147 has, and I'm hooked for life..
Never had a car that gave me such pleasure. And i'm not talking about the car alone, it's everything surrounding it, like this forum for instance..
Okay ,it has his faults and glitches, but may I remind everyone that this is the first line of produkt ?!? My best friend bought the first Golf 4 there was, and he ended up with water pourring in his car on both front doors.. And what do you know, the next production years VW changed the door rubbers.. but he still has problems with his, because they can't repair it.. And his dealer stalled it for so long, that now, his warranty's no longer valid. I've driven a Volvo S40 for two days as a spare car, because mine (the VW) was in the garage, and in those two days I had severe electrical problems (no side indicators, windows wouldn't open...) and I ended up being stranded at the slip road with a broken engine. And this car only had 120.000 km's on the dial (a diesel, by the way) eek!
Conclusion ? Don't have any... Love it or leave it..it's that simple
And Nem, I'm with you... average daily used cars are NOT a good investment, no matter what mark you buy.. they degrade the day you leave the dealer's showroom.