Thanks everyone for the excellent replies..
To respond to a few comments that were made:
Scirocco vs A2 GTI - So the MK2 Scirocco is built on the A1 chassis, even through '88? I was not aware of that. I know that Europe and some other countries got the MK2 Scirocco until the early '90s.. were these cars still built on the same chassis or did they ever redesign it after '83? If not, that sure is a long model lifespan!! Also, I'm not short, nor fat, so the Scirocco should work for me.
Heck, if the Scirocco is bad, try getting in and out of a BMW Z3. That's my daily driver right now.
The Pro/Con list - Thanks! The great thing is, I don't care about any of the cons! http://****************.com/smile/emthup.gif I'm very used to a noisy cabin -> Z3 with the top down. Fuel economy, see below. Longer than it feels... I doubt it's any worse than my ex-Toyota Supra. 182 inches in a 2 door hatchback!
Cabin/cargo room - Don't need any. Just a drivers seat would be fine for me. I have a MKIV Jetta for any hauling needs.
Gas mileage - I really don't care. My last car was a heavily modified Toyota Supra Turbo that, on a good day, got 16mph. It didn't bother me a bit, it's just part of owning a car.
Possibility of a 8v - I'll have to test drive both of them to know which one I would like better, but my guess is that the newer 16vs will be more to my liking.
Feasibility as a commuter car - Sure, a Civic or Corolla may be more reliable, better gas mileage, quieter, blah blah, but in the end, I'm afraid I wouldn't drive one if I had it. Look at the cars in my sig and tell me if you'd drive an '86 Corolla over either of those.
One thing I've always told myself, and others, is that whatever vehicle I drive, it must put a smile on my face when I'm driving it. I want to know that no matter how bad my day has started or ended, I know that I can enjoy 30 minutes in my car, twice a day.
A Civic? A Corolla? Neither of those fit the bill. My guess is that a Scirocco will. Now I just have to test drive one... more to come.