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How is the reliability of Volkswagen these days?

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VW is offering some serious discounts on its vehicles these days for obvious reasons, making them very tempting. VW, at least in the U.S., has been dogged with a reputation of unreliability and expensive repair bills. Mention VW and the first thing out of my sister-in-law's mouth is the story of her friend's VW that basically committed suicide one part at a time.

Has it gotten better in recent years? I realize every car company has its lemons and these horror stories are the ones you're going to hear about but if there are a lot of them, you have to worry.