I agree with Larry, it’s just a personal choice. I looked for a front engine replica just because I’d had 4 VWs in the past. They were easy to work on, reliable, and parts were easy to get. I have always kinda been a Ford guy and knew that the 2.3 L ford engines were also easy to get, easy to work on and put out a lot of power with the right parts.
So, my choice was just to have something different for me. If my front engine duchess had not been in such great shape and a VW was available I might have kept looking, or I might have my 5th VW. It’s all about want vs. need.
You gotta love having a choice!!!