I just want to say how impressed I am with this car's performance...the main reason I purchased the 2008 GTI was because I was in over my head on car payments for a BMW 335i. I thought I was downgrading but that couldn't be any further from the truth. The GTI is all business...it's a sherman tank on wheels...I cant believe how responsive and fast this little 4 banger turbo is and I'm coming from a twin turbo inline six! The DSG transmission is superior to BMW's auto tranny...I love the paddle shifters! The fit and finish of the GTI is on par with the BMW and the stereo looks and sounds better! The GTI's dashboard at night in blue and red is awesome! I don't see any car competing with this at the sub $30k range. The Civic SI is a POS.