You're right, SA - I've heard the horror stories too often (there's forums full of disappointed VW owners). In Australia here, Hyundai offer a 5yr/unlimited Ks warranty ..... that fact alone just about sealed the deal. It's true Hyundais used to be a bit ordinary quality-wise but I suppose to be fair, they were a cheap, mass-production car aimed at a demographic of 'teenagers just getting their licence and owning their first car'. I think you guys had the 'Pony' over there - we had it released as the Excel. It was a cheap little coupe. Strangely, 20 years after their release here, I still see them everywhere (in varying condition) - but they're still driving around, eh ?
I think the VeeDubs are a very nice car - especially their Scirocco Type R .... drool-fest stuff, that one. But the thought of rebuilding the gearbox in a NEW car is enough to terrify anyone, as you said of your co-workers. Not to mention the fact that each one of us here saved a huge amount of money by NOT buying Euro .... makes sense.