<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>16vt</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">One major difference is the AWD system. The 01 had the viscous coupling that can wear out whereas the later models have the more favored Haldex system.</TD></TR></TABLE><br>Besides that, the comparison is night and day.<br>Different engine, different steering, different brakes, suspension tuning, interior trim, exterior trim, wheels, and on and on.<br>They look about the same, that's about it. Every year brought significant improvements<br>I owned an 01 and have driven many (XC's) over the years of each model year including several 06's. When I tell you night and day it's an understatement. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> The new cars feel and drive so much better, there's no comparison.<br>But your comment about body integrity, what's that supposed to mean, weird?