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Volkswagen Rabbit



  • The 2008 Rabbit looks like a nice car, but I practically injured myself getting out of the backseat of the two-door. (Maybe it's my age and not the car design.) No one over 50 should ever have to ride back there.l
  • Did you try other 2-door cars from other manufacturers? Is the Rabbit that much different from others? And how was the roominess of the back seat?

    Would you be the person riding in the back, most of the time?
  • I have the 4-door version and my 66 year old father really liked the back seat of the Rabbit. Maybe a 4-door would be better for you?
  • Hey Jaxs1,
    I've had my 4-dr '07 Rabbit since July. I live and work around Southern California and a good number of days got above 100 degrees in the summer, and my Rabbit did just fine. With the seats originally adjusted to a pretty low height, the vents are awkwardly high, and it's kind of hard to get air going where you want it. If you're on your own in the car It's probably a good idea to close unused vents to get better air flow. Adjusting my seat height helped the slightly awkward placement of the vents a little bit, and overall I was never burning up when driving around in the heat.
  • I was looking at the 2008 Rabbit yesterday, at the LA Auto Show.

    The 2009 models will probably cost a lot more, because of exchange rate fluctuations. And not many 2007 models were sold.

    So in a year or two, I would not be surprised if used Mk5 Rabbits are selling for close to what they cost when new. The demand for used Rabbits is likely to be greater than the supply.
  • I just moved to Switzerland from the East Coast of the US and have been car shopping for some time now. Most recently I've tried several Golf Vs with different engines. The 1.4L TSI is a gem and I'm sure the 170 HP version is even better. I also tried a Golf+ which is based on the Golf V with a slightly roomier MPV style interior. This one had the 2.0L TDI w/140 HP. It was manual 6 speed and that engine scoots! There is a slight bit of hesitation in the beginning but once the turbo kicks in look out! It is also much easier to drive fast and nimble as a diesel than the 2006 Toyota 2.2 D4 diesel I had before. That one had 150 HP but the combination of throttle response, clutch and gearbox made it behave like a tractor. You can hardly tell the difference between the VW diesel or gas the way they drive. Except that the TDI will get the same low mpg in the Swiss Alps as on the flats.

    I'd love to get that engine in the US. Before leaving I drove the 2005 Jetta diesel and it was a dog... I also drove the GTI DSG which I should've bought instead of bringing my 2006 V6 Grand Vitara. Talk about a gas guzzler!!! :cry: The GTI costs $15000 more here!!!! :sick:
  • I did not try any other 2-door. I tried the Rabbit 2-door because it was the only Rabbit on the floor. While I wouldn't ride in the back seat very often, I did want to experience what passengers would have to experience back there. You're right, Shirotoi, the 4-door would be much more appropriate for me.
  • I like many of you have been looking for a good economical car that won't break the bank. The VW Jetta TDI has been appealing to me because of its high MPG, 45/55 according to the newest models and yet below the hybrid prices. Well, today I went to the Portland Auto Show and saw the 2008 Golf TDI. Estimated MPG is mid 60's!! Thats about 15mpg better than Prius! The price......$14,995. Where do sign up!! Heres the big downer.......its only available in Europe. One thing I found out at the Auto show is that the economical cars are out there but the US won't allow them in because of emmisions, safety, and whatever other lame excuse they can think of. The Golf TDI headed for Europe is the same as the one currently in the US but with an 80hp TDI "Clean Diesel" engine, which actually emmits less carbon than the Prius. I don't know about you but I'm getting sick of the politics. We could have had an all electric car from GM, but they chose to be greedy and look where they are now. Toyota will pass them up this year. I guess we'll have to settle for the Jetta TDI for now.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    VW probably is not bringing those here becasue they feel they will not sell at a profitable price. IOW, it is mostly likely your fellow Americans that prevent you from being able to buy that 80 HP Rabbit TDI. Americans don't buy many hatchbacks to begin with and would likely consider that car to be underpowered.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    is the current Rabbit built? How about the previous generation Golf?
  • While the jetta and rabbit share parts, the jetta is built and assembled in Puebla, Mexico and the Rabbit is built in Wolfsburg, Germany. In fact, when the Rabbit was introduced there a few years back as the Golf, they names Wolfsburg "Golfsburg" temporarily.

    The MKIV or or 1999-2006 golf was built there also! But also some in Brazil.
  • I was told, at the St.Louis Autoshow, by a fellow who handed me a VW business card for a dealership just east of there that he expected TDIs in August. Too bad I don' t have a veedub dealer closer.
  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    "The MKIV or or 1999-2006 golf was built there also!"

    "There", would be.....Mexico, or Germany?

    I would assume German-built models would have markedly better quality and reliability?
  • No, not really. The early New Beetles and Jettas built in Mexico had some problems, but by 2002 and 2003 -- when it was possible to directly compare Mexican Jetta sedans versus German Jetta wagons -- there was really no difference in build quality.

    My Golf TDI was built in Brazil, and I don't have a single complaint about the build quality. The engine was from Germany, the manual transmission from Argentina, the only problem in the first 100k miles was a part made in Europe. All VW factories, anywhere in the world, use the same robots.

    Furthermore, all Passats have been German-built, and I've spoken with some Passat owners whose cars are in the shop almost monthly. I don't really know what the problem is, I suspect it is inadequate training -- the dealer techs don't know how to troubleshoot problems so they get fixed on the first visit.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I would assume German-built models would have markedly better quality and reliability?

  • bodble2bodble2 Posts: 4,519
    Gee, I don't know. Is Mexico, or Brazil the mecca for high-tech manufacturing?
  • For the Rabbit:Wolfsburg, Germany and Brazil
    For the Jetta: Puebla, Mexico

    IMO, the A5/MKV/Current Jetta and Rabbits are very soild cars. They each have 2recalls and 11tsb. The speedometer being optimistic and a headlight ground. Compare that to an Audi A6 having recalls and 42TSBs!!

  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Is there a TSB or recall on the spedometer? Ours reads high, but when I asked at the dealership about it, they said they could check it but would have to charge $50 if it turned out to be within specs...this was about 1.5 years ago though.
  • Sorry, the Rabbit has1 recall and 4 TSBS.. BTW, Yes, there is a TSB on the Speedo's being optimistic. BUt How would you know its optimistic?

    Here's a link to the Recalls and TSBS. The Speedo is under TSB near the top.

    I think all of this applies to jettas and rabbits including the 08s.

  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    We actually have a Jetta, but I see that TSB for the speedo is listed for it. However, both that and the one for Rabbit refer to "DIGITAL INSTRUMENT PANEL". Our speedo is not digital, I did not think any were :confuse: ...or does that not mean what I think it means?

    As for determining speed, one way is you can set your cruise and then time how long it takes you to cover a certain number of miles on the interstate where there are mile posts. An easy distance to use might be 20% of your speed...meaning if you are at 70 mph, check time for 14 miles and this would be 12 minutes (20% of an hour) if speedometer is accurate. To be accurate you would want to stay in the same lane for the whole distance.
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