Just had a watch, lets be honest he's just been unlucky. He got a bit of a lemon to start with and we all know the manual clutch is chocolate.
The DSG issue was a bad tech. I've had mine two years and it's been perfect so far except for a sticking fuel cap which VW sorted.
I'll be making sure I get the DSG service before 40k though as I took the 5 year warranty when I bought mine. Crafty gits.....
As for paint, my Oryx paint is look spot even after two years of hard driving, think I have about 3 chips..... which I'm happy with. Paint seems very hard. I had a Arden Blue VXR which I owned from new and after two years I had to have the front bumper resprayed as the paint chipped like crazy. It was perfect after the respray for another two years. I think paint colour seems to make a difference, I guess the make up of each shade must differ.... any way I'm getting off topic