We've had four VW/Audi cars over the years:
A 1972 "Super" Beetle that was a blast to drive, but needed quite a bit of tinkering and love to keep it running. I sold it to my uncle, who fully restored it, rebuilt the engine, and drove it to work everyday.
A 2002 Audi TT, which was my awesome little "status" car. It drove like a dream, cornered better than my cousin's Corvette, but had the typical VW electrical issues, most of which were covered under recall. I regretfully traded it in for something with hauling capacity, plus keeping good tires on it ate me alive. Plus, it was conspicuous. I would get texts from people, "I see you're at Target!" Creepy. Plus, girls all wanted rides, and guys wanted to drive it and burn it up.
A 2002 Jetta, which was my husband's daily driver for years. He finally traded it in when the clear coat peeled off the hood, the headliner fell out, and the police started profiling him as a punk. Mechanically, it was a very sound car, but at 160K miles, was starting to show signs of age.
A 2006 Touareg, which was my "hauling capicity" car. I HATED HATED HATED this car 5 minutes after driving it off the lot. Shit broke on this car that shouldn't break on a vehicle in this price range. The sunroof switch fell out of the ceiling. One headlight flickered and fluttered, even after changing the bulb. It got 13 MPG on a good day, coasting downhill at 40 with the A/C off. Oh, and I couldn't haul what I wanted to with it because it was about an inch too short in each direction for what I wanted to haul.
We finally traded our VWs off and bought domestic cars. I got a small Chevy sedan, and he has a Jeep Wrangler. We love our cars. They're not as glamorous or agile as the VWs were but they come with warranties, cheap financing, and the social peace of mind that they were assembled by UAW workers in Ohio.
Have fun with your Golf! They're awesome little cars, and Golf owners love tricking them out with gadgets and doo-dads.