I've been driving a leased US VW Jetta VR6 for two years...I used to drive a leased Golf GTI two years ago before the lease ran out. I think it's really less about quality issue between american cars and external competiters because both my Jetta has had no issues in the toll of two years while the Golf GTI was a POS. If it were not for the warenty I would be poor right now. I think we should judge each car by their quality record recorded by consumer agencies that do such things ...only then will people realize that forigen car companies only have a good reputation, in reality their build quality varie from model to model just like their cars. Personally I bought VWs because I think they look great and feels great to me... and I can appreciate the artistic way that they are crafted. For $26,230, I only got a 2.8 liter 200hp VR6 engine...which gets around 21mpg locally (european cars are overated in their gas frugality). In fact I think I'm going back to american made cars when my lease comes up (in 8 month) because in two years time american automakers have realized the need for adding style in to their design and have accomplished such. There is no way im going to lease another VW because they are definately not worth they money you pay for. The new Jetta VR 6 does not wow me, in fact it feels like anyother car and the interior that looked good in 2002 when comparabed to american car interiors of that time, but now there are so many better options for a more reasonable price. The next lease that I will get will most probably be the Mazada 6s ...for a little less 25,000 I could lease a car with a 220 hp engine and a damn better looking exterior and interior -not the same plain jane VW Jetta interior (they aren't fooling anyone with those new visual cue...) Or a turbo charged Saab 9-3 Aero for only $21,000 (my dad gets A-Plan Discount because he works at GM) Do you guys have anyother Great US cars to recommend? I was tricked by the rice culture propaganda in highschool in to buying a euro car along with many of my friends who also bought japense or european cars before realizing that you're not getting more for the same money. Infact the quality is the same on some models, better on some and inferior on others when compared to american cars. So, recommendations anyone?