I had two problems with my VW. The first was that the CV joints where completely dry. The second was that when I put my wheels on after replacing the hydraulics for the clutch and breaks, I didn't tighten the front-right wheel enough. Curt fixed both of these, and during my lunch break I drove it home.
Shifting in to the right gear is a real PITA and pickup is moderate. I'm not sure if going over 60mph is a good idea either. I think that's about par for these vehicles though.