Originally Posted by PlaneCrazy
When the Lupo is 15 years old though, it will be legal to import one into Canada. Should be easy to find a clean, low-mileage European Lupo. Mind you I think I'd prefer the Polo, a little more right-sized for me.
Don't bet on it. Not many were made (bad market timing, I think), and now they're in high demand. Especially the diesel ones. They're a hit also with hot-hatch tuners, the TDI can be chipped and the car's low weight makes it quite quick.
But if it's true that you can import 15 years old cars into Canada, you have other options. Polos have been coming with diesel engines forever and they tend to hold together well even after 15 years.
Early Fabias are turning 12, but the 1.4 TDI only came from 2003, so you'd have to wait a while.
Maybe in 11 years' time, I'll ship mine over to you
Don't think I'll give it up much sooner, I just got 71mpg (US) on a recent 150 mile trip, without really making any special effort to save fuel (I even used the aircon for part of the trip).
You can also service any of these at any mechanic that knows VWs.