I've owned my '03 Golf for over 3.5 years now, and bought it at 190k miles from the original owner. I just did a "mini" loop here in California through the Sierra, and this car handled it like a dream. Went up to 8k+ feet over many mountain passes on highway 395 and others (highway 88 near Kirkwood resort had an 8500 ft pass), even went to a trailhead that started at 10k ft and my Golf handled it like a dream. It's so great to drive, and it even passed the 250k mile mark when I was heading back down to SoCal! This car has had its small headaches at times (one being I had to change out the DMF a month after I got it), but overall it's been great so far, and the fact that I was able to bring it with that high of mileage across the Sierra Nevada and it run no problem tells how well it's designed. That's all!