You are absolutely correct. My son started college this past September, he wanted a German car. He couldn't afford the BMW and settled on an 8 year old Passat. The car has 100,000 miles and looks and drives like brand new. I am now looking for a car to replace my Jaguar X Type and believe it or not am considering the VW GLI or Jetta. It's smaller, but it has a quality feel and lots of great options like leather, sunroof, alloy wheels, dynamic stability control all for a reasonable price. You get a lot of car for your money.