Thanks for the responses folks and I did want to add a few things. The night I took the vehicle I can assure you it was hot and had been driven probably 15-20 miles before it was shut down for the night. It was much warmer than my wife's typical trips to work which are only about 5 miles or so. I do now seem to remember hearing a more pronounced "gurgling" sound coming from the tailpipes as I was clearing snow from the driveway before leaving. On the way to my work I probably got to a max of 45 mph due to city driving and glare ice ad snow packed roads. As far as my dealership I have to be honest folks I really like them and they have treated us very well. For example they just fixed a broken windshield cowling for free after finding VW would not cover under our extended warranty. They said they used some kind of "VW Bucks" which they are only alloted a certain amount for good customers. This job with labor if I remember corrrectly was around $300.00. And as far as the "holes" they drilled I'm not exactly sure where and how many were drilled because my wife picked up the vehicle and that is what was on the printed out repair slip. I would have to assume they cleared this with VW before doing and is for the function of a "weep hole" like some of you mentioned. I do love driving this thing and do take it out myself for some higher speed runs because I know my wife's trips are short, perhaps we need to do this more? We love this thing when all is right and I just got so dang p'od that morning because I just kept thinking we live in a very hostile climate 5-6 months of year and this could have been my wife alone with our children stranded somewhere in BFE...I will probably email the dealership today to get more details as to the problem and the holes they drilled.