Unless he got a 2.0 16v I wouldnt say that the 2.8 VR6's are more reliable. The actual motor I mean, and seems like they eat axles. I know a bunch of vw owners now that I own a golf myself. A golf could be alright too Craig I havent spent much on mine at all, and its great on gas. I have spent like 2k total (including purchase price) and I have a short shifter, exhaust, k&n filter, fog lights, and some other stuff, all brand new except for the fogs.