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Volkswagen Rabbit Engine Questions

Hi, everyone. I am interested in buying a rabbit, so I checked reviews on both and On edmunds, some reviewers mentioned "famous rabbit stall", but nobody mentioned that on msn or in this forum. I am wondering if anybody has opinion about this?

In the beginning, I thought that it might be a problem for 5M, but I also found similar comments for 6A.


  • trtl182trtl182 Posts: 1
    i purchased the 2007 4dr VW Rabbit which has finally turned 9000miles. Love the car, but there are a couple of things that have been occuring and i am curious if anyone else has had a similar experience. First, my stereo, for some reason the base/volume plays much louder for a brief few seconds without any change made in speed or oprator interaction. i am aware the volume is on speed control which will raise and lower the volume depending on the speed, but this is happening when there isnt a change in speed at all. rather interesting. my first thought was the speakers... but now im curious if it is the amp or maybe the wiring... any thoughts or suggestions?

    the other thing is a noise coming from the rear of the car. it is almost like a faint banging noise that occurs when i am stopped. sort of sounds like a small rodent that is stuck in the interior of the car. (and there is not).

    before i bring the car in to have the service people take a look at it, i would like to have some suggestions to give them so they can diagnose both problems and fix them so i can continue to enjoy the car.

    i still love the car minus these faults.
  • Sometimes I hear a clicking/tapping noise coming from the rear.
    I figure it's the fuel pump. I don't know whether the noise is normal.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    the stereo on the rabbit has a tendency to be a little out of wack, mine does this only every once and awhile, and then it stops.

    As far as the clicking goes, its acually a problem that there is a fix for, but if you never do it, it won't be anything to worry about. If you go to vwvortex, you can find a step by step process on how to fix it, complete with pics and you can take it to your dealer since they will NOT know how to do it other wise. Its just a small piece of plastic i belive... congrats on your new cars! I'm turing 16k soon!
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    i have the same problem with my 07 rabbit stereo.although it's pretty annoying when this happens,it only does this sometimes.i would rather live with this problem than have to risk some vw mechanic makeing the situation worse while trying to make a simple repair although this may not be a simple issue...
  • I've actually posted a similar msg about a month ago with no response..hoping for a 2nd time others may have heard of this problem..

    I have a 2007 rabbit with 3,100 miles on it that has had 3 out-of-round tires in the same location - drivers side front. Each time that the tire was found to be defective all other tires were checked to make sure they weren't out of round; and still has only been in that same location. After 2nd brand new tire I took in my car to dealer. Dealer found nothing mechanical...however they thought it was unusual. Now this is my 3rd out-of-round tire and I will be taking in my car again. Has anyone ever heard of this being a problem on the rabbit/golf? It seems it takes a few weeks after getting new tire for it to become out-of-round, so i find it difficult dealer doesn't see anything mechanical. It is really bothersome, considering it makes my overall driving experience really unpleasant.
    I would appreciate any feedback to this very annoying problem.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    man this does stink! i'm sorry to hear about it, but i don't think any other rabbit owners have had this problem, i know i have not!
  • krissy84krissy84 Posts: 1
    i have the exact same problem with the rabbit stereo...the bass kicks in when im not even moving or touching anything. as far as the noise in the back of the car goes i have the same problem its like a thumping noise, very annoying. now im having problems with the EPC light and the car just shuts down on my when i come to a stop, anyone else have this problem???
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    the ticking noise is something that can be fixed, there is a post about it on vw vortex and a download that you can take to the dealer to have them fix the problem.

    But your car shutting down when you come to a stop? maybe thats the reason the EPC light is coming on; your car is trying to tell you that something is really wrong! as soon as this light comes on you should be on your way to the dealer.

    You do need to be more specific though; how long have you had your rabbit? is it an 06 or 07? manual, auto? how many miles? have you serviced it recently?
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    i always assumed that the epc light stood for everything perfectly correct.i have driven with mine on for some time now thinking that all is well although i have noticed some smoke comeing from under the hood every now and then.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    i have noticed some smoke comeing from under the hood every now and then.

    this is a total joke right? no epc DOES NOT stand for 'everything perfectly correct', but that did make me laugh!

    READ your owners manual! that light should flicker on when you turn the car on, but should go out after a few seconds! take your car to the dealer or a mechanic asap!
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    relax daino,just a little humor to enlighten your day.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    OH thank GOD! you really had me worried for a minute!

    Now i don't feel bad admiting that i did start laughing out loud when i read the 'everything perfectly normal' part of it. Genius! thanks man! ;)
  • groundground Posts: 1
    i have a 2007 2dr rabbit w/4100 miles. around 3100 miles it started a moaning type noise which appears to come from the rear. it only occurs when the car has warmed up.
    it will do it while moving and when standing still if i rev it up.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    get it checked out. there is a common click noise that happens but its no biggie, but a moan is different. go to the dealer.
  • Hello,

    I've been noticing a clunking sound on my 2007 Rabbit when I start from a stop or toggle the gas pedal on/off. It almost seems like there is a hesitation in engaging/disengaging the engine when you take your foot on/off the pedal. The sound is more noticable when the a/c is on.

    I made a service appointment for later this week, but would certainly appreciate some advice before showing up for the appointment. Has anyone experienced this?


  • I feel like an idiot but the salesman at the dealership explain to me what the EPC is for or what it stands for. I assume its something with traction control? Some enlightenment on the subject would help.
  • can you post the web address to this download for the ticking noise thats on vw vortex? and is there one for the stereo?
  • Well as for me and my 2007 4dr Manual Rabbit, there have been no problems at all thus far. I have a little over 6,000 miles of smooth no stall driving. I can't speak for anyone else, but I really enjoy my car.
  • I purchased a new 2007 Rabbit in January, it has about 9,000 miles on it and has stalled out 6 times now when i've been in neutral stopped at a traffic light. It will just die out after 10 seconds or so of sitting in neutral. It seems to happen randomly, not consistently at all...people at VW tell me i'm crazy, they can't find anything wrong...
    Any ideas, anyone??!!
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    never heard of a stall problem, just the engine rpm jump that happens when shifting into reverse if you do so before the engine has warmed up a bit.
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