It sounds like you got a bad one. I wouldn’t necessarily blame that on vw and maybe more on the previous owner. These cars do require a lot of maintenance or they will break, I think. I bought a 2007 Rabbit recently. The maintenance records were good, but it still needs some work. It is the nature of the beast I think. I dropped 1400 into it after buying it and think I will do more DIY from here on out. I do love driving it.