... And the transmission. 4th gear whines like hell. Trait as a performance transmission with straight cut gear I understand. Not 100% positive on that... Drowns out the stereo.
A VW transaxle is louder than a new car (one built in the last 40 years)-- but the gear isn't straight-cut, or even high-performance. Sound insulation would help, but 4th shouldn't run you out of the car.
That sounds like a John Steele "go away" excuse.