I bought a GTI in mid 2011 with 13k miles on it, here i am in 2019 with 200k miles on it and still running like a champ. I strongly believe if you keep up with the routine maintenance any car should last long time without any hassle. There were very few things that had went out and replaced with my car. The first thing went bad was the clutch at 70k miles, i was little surprised just because of the low miles at the time. Secondly, the turbo went out around 150k miles. I took a bite and replaced it with APR KO4 turbo which will put a big smile on your face it's awesome. Once the KO4 turbo had been installed i had to replace few more parts intake manifold, water pump, throttle body very minor things which were supposed to go out a while back according to some people. I recently did some major maintenance on the car at 200k timing chain, serpentine belt, rear main seal, and camcover reseal. Apparently these cars are notorious with jumping time due to failed tensioner, i was lucky enough to never had this issue and at 200k finally redid the timing chain. The car runs amazing with the recent maintenance done hoping it will last me for another 100k miles.