Just sold our silver one in the DFW area (Sep 2011). A couple of months out of mfg time with 35+K. Fun little car. Mechanics of the top worked flawlessly. Drove almost always with top down, irritating blind spot with top up. Performance wise it was a blast. Had chosen the 3.2 over the 2.0T for superior acceleration and no annoying turbo lag. Never regretted the choice. Cornered and hugged better after sticking Michelins on it. Select shift had occasional odd shift glitches until a VW recall changed something in the transmission. Paddles were akward except on straight road, easier to use the shifter. Had to replace coils twice (mfg warrantee) before a recall changed them all out. Both times were local, otherwise would have left us stuck somewhere. Fit and finnish was fair. Great in city play car, but seats get very hard very quickly on the road. We kept the windscreen in it all the time, basically turning it into a 2 seater with extra storage (that was needed for trips most of the trunk space is for the retractable roof). Too much wind in the back seats to make riding with the top down practical anyway, but great in front with only two. VW GPS system stunk in the DFW area... and very awkward to enter data. Plugged in my Garmin if I really need one. The iPod hook up was very selective about which versions it would work with at all, most with only partial functions. Most disappointing part was interior fabric pieces of headliner, inside the moon roof, and leatherette of door panels developed multiple problems that had to be repaired (again covered by VW up to the near point of sale). This was a pampered vehicle and should not have had materials giving out with normal use. This was an extra vehicle for fun in the sun. Don't think it would hold up well to full time use. Glad that we owned it... glad that we sold it before regrets. Will likely be the last VW that I purchase (both of my kids have had Jettas with similar experiences across normal aging).
Great car. Have driven sport cars most of my life. Mostly two seaters. Though this is a two plus two with very little room for anyone in the rear seats it is still a great car as long as you don't plan on having any passengers in the back seats. Lots of power and torgue. Handles well, with plenty of luxury features one would only expect in much more expensive cars. The dual roofs (sun roof and convertible hard top) are definitely a bonus! Only regret - it took me so long to discover this car. Unfortunately this will be the last year VW will manufacture this vehicle. So sad (sniffle, sniffle, sniffle)!
It drives great. it is so much fun with the convertible top and full working sun roof. the gas mileage is great. it is adorable (I did put a lot of rhinestones on mine also so it is cuter than any other!). It is small enough to fit in small parking spaces but comfortable for me to ride in. I love all the perks: Xm radio, 6 cd player, a/c, sunroof and convertible (only car that does both), Just wonderful.