Originally Posted by lyonsroar
The DSG (automated manual) option for the GTI is the performance option.
It is faster than the conventional manual.
It is more reliable than the conventional manual.
It can handle FAR more power than the conventional manual.
I wouldn't have bought my GTI had it been a conventional manual honestly...
It's one thing to prefer an automatic (which you obviously do), but quite another to be confused into thinking that makes it a more reliable, powerful unit especially when you also mentioned the recall, several replacements and the jerky starts you don't mind putting up with.
But at least your 6 speed wet clutch version is much more reliable than the newer 7 speed DSD7 (global) dry clutch version, which seems to have lots of problems.
Perhaps you'd be interested in what the pros have to say in comparing the two:
The DSG has its advantages, but reliability, operating costs, maintenance intervals, fuel efficiency and driving control are not among them (compared with a manual). Agreed that is is better and more fun than a conventional auto though. I'm not knocking the product, just its over inflated attributes. IMO, for someone who enjoys the road, a stick offers a much more complete interactive driving experience!