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eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
edited August 2014 in Volkswagen
I decided to stop posting in the 'new owners' section to give my monthy reports on my bunny and how she's doing. Service updates will be available too. It seems i have one of the higher mileage rabbits here so hopefully this helps new owners out!


  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    Well i've finally got over the 10k mark. (mind you this happened a couple weeks ago, just haven't been here in awhile!)

    Total logged miles are around 11300. For anyone with a new bunny, your 10k service is gonna be kinda pricey. Called other dealers to verify if mine was ripping me off, but no its just kinda costly. Then again this is a car that only needs to be serviced every 10k.(after the inital 5k and 10k services.)

    No problems at all, in fact windshield wiper thingy is the only thing that has remotely been an issue and it was fixed, or adjusted is more like it, under warranty.

    Also getting better mileage. Last tank got me 29mpg.
  • reuel3reuel3 Posts: 114
    Out of curiosity, how pricey did the 10k service run? (If you don't mind sharing.)
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I did not have a problem with the 10K service price for our Jetta (which is the same as Rabbit). 10K is just (synthetic) oil change and tire rotation. Ours was about $65, which was about $20 more than the 5K, which was only an oil change.

    The synthetic oil changes cost about double what I am used to paying for other cars, but cost does not bother me since the OCI is 10K or 12 months.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    No not at all! I believe that they may have charged a bit more for labor since it was a saturday, but it came out to 140 and some change. It was a far cry from the 10-20 extra bucks the service manager said it would be over my regular service intervals. (which were 60 bucks.)I'm in the process right now of getting to the bottom of it, although my invoice for what needed to be done matches the vw manual (not the dealers) for the rabbit as far as what should be done when!
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    Whoa! I dunno how different the rabbit could be, but mine certainly werent that! (See above post.) But then again the dealer told me it would be more costly and made it sound like it was exclusive to the rabbit. I gotta find out about it.

    Man 10k = 12 months for you? Thats awesome. My wife and i have had our bunny since the beggining of october and have almost 12k on her!
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    We do not put a lot of miles on our cars. Actually we will be getting the 20K service at 18K...will only have about 8000 miles in the second year.

    IIRC, another dealer I had called wanted $130 for the 10K service. Did not ask why they wanted that much for an oil change and tire rotation.

    I doubt there are any differences in scheduled maintenance, the cars are the same mechanically. Some dealers just like to pack on extras or overcharge for inspections/checks that are listed in the maintenance schedule.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    Understood, but according to the manual more happens than just an oil change and tire rotation. Out of curiosity what trim level is your jetta? VE, 2.5, wolfsburg etc.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    Right the other stuff is inspect this and check that, which was done without any additional charge. 20K has longer list of inspections and checks, plus replace cabin filter...this will be $180 at my dealer after a 10% discount coupon and that is with some extras that are not required, like rebalance wheels and check alignment.

    Our Jetta is a 2005.5 VE.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    gotcha. If you have the ve our cars were probably around the same price.(we just prefer a hatch and there were no ve's on the lot, just a lot of decked out 2.5's and TDI's.)

    Geez 180? Its a good thing the service is only every 10k!
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    No, no...the $180 is for the 20K at my dealer.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    I know. I just meant that its good that we only have to go EVERY 10k to get our service done. (except ofcourse for the inital 5k visit.)
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    Have almost 13k on the bunny, actual odometer reads 12755.
    No problems so needless to say i'm happy.

    Only averaged 26.4 mpg on last tank, which is less than i'm used to, but this tank looks more promising. ( I usually can predict how good a tank will be judging by how close to 100 miles i can get before only having 3/4ths of a tank left. So far i have about 110 on it and its just barely touching the line, my best was 120 miles, and i averaged 29 on that tank. I did floor it a lot on my 26 mpg tank though so its no biggie.)

    I decided to call around to some dealers to find out how much the 20k service was going for, to compare it to what the dealer i got to would charge me. It is as follows:

    10k(i've already had this done but this is just for the sake of comparison.)
    Keffer vw:(dealer i have been going to) $129.95 (no tax or labor included.)
    Flow Vw: same

    Keffer Vw: 180.95
    Flow Vw: 129.95

    here is the scary part:(and no i didn't ask for it they just let me know before hand, both dealers, that it was going to be big.)

    Keffer vw: $580.99
    Flow Vw: $ Same!

    Good grief! I remember on my old civic, the 'big one' was about 100 bucks! Rabbit owners be prepared, this is going to cost you a buttload. I called a place in charlotte, nc that a co-worker suggested i tried out, since they had been doing service on vw's for a long time. Called em up and they phased out their service dept. The guy reffered me to another german import place, and told me that the newer vee dubs were hard to service, since vw is very tight lipped about relasing info on em so that they dealers can get all the buisness. This guy i spoke to, though, said he has worked on plenty of 06's and is good to go to service the bunny.

    He quoted me less than 100 bucks for every 10k service interval and the 'big service' will run me a little more. Thank goodness i was able to locate this guy! (he is closer to me than the dealer i have been going to and i read up on him and have heard some great things.)

    Hopefully this will work out better. I hope that everyone else is able to find someone to take a look at their bunnies in the future, if not, you'll pay a pretty penny!

    I sill love my car though! ;)
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    I remember on my old civic, the 'big one' was about 100 bucks!

    And this was when...1976? There is no way that 60,000 mile service (which is the big one on most models, including Honda) is $100 on any car.

    BTW, comes up with $343 for 40,000 mi. They also estimate $210 on 20,000 mi...which is on target with what I was quoted for 20K (for Jetta), so I am assuming they are in the ballpark on the 40,000 mi.

    It looks like 40,000 mile over 20,000 mile adds spark plug replacement, air filter replacement, and perhaps they included brake fluid replacement. I guess I'd verify the difference between 20K and 40K (in the owner's manual) and then ask them why changing plugs, air filter and perhaps brake fluid (if that is correct) adds $400 or more to the cost.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    sorry jeff, when i said big one i was reffering to the most expensive i ever had to pay for serive on my older civic. Which doensn't make sense since the first time i used it i used it in reference to a 50k or 60k service. My bad.

    Even so, i was always quoted a lot cheaper for the honda.

    I've asked them and they have seem to reply that it is something exclusive to the rabbit, i dunno why but that what they have told me. There are very few vw dealers around here, (both the ones i'm speaking of are about an hour away in opposite directons.), so maybe they feel like they have a bit more leverage with me. Even so, the edmunds quoted 343 is still a heck of a lot more than anything i've ever done honda oriented, but yeah all that extra is pretty fishy. Then again my rabbit is an 07, the edmunds is an 06, dunno if that has something to do with it, maybe dealers around there have to be more competative.

    Still dunno if the whole 'exclusive to the rabbit' service is true, probably a load of caca.

    At anyrate, i found someone who will do it for cheaper and is quite skill, so i'll update everyone then.

    Hit 13k today. Nice.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    You were really lucky if you never had a bill over $100 on a car...unless this was a new car that you only owned for 2-3 years.

    I sure know people who seem to get pretty big maintenance bills on Hondas and Toyotas, even at 30K. In fact I recall having said to them that their 30K was almost as much as 60K on Ford Windstar we have...which was about $500.

    I don't see anything on the rabbit maintenance list at vw,com that is any different from our Jetta, unless you have DSG or tire pressure monitoring.

    I was thinking today about how much the 20K service should cost. I figured about $50 for the synthetic oil change, $50 for cabin filter, and $20 for tire rotation...and then I thought I would allow $0 to $50 for all the inspections and checks. So I could see anywhere from $120 to $170, my dealer charges $180 after the discount coupon and they include extras like wheel balance and alignment check. So I decided the $180 is okay with me.

    Be sure you keep reciepts for the non-dealer service and be sure they are using synthetic oil that meets VW specs.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    Be sure you keep reciepts for the non-dealer service and be sure they are using synthetic oil that meets VW specs.

    Don't worry i sure will!

    I was thinking today about how much the 20K service should cost. I figured about $50 for the synthetic oil change, $50 for cabin filter, and $20 for tire rotation...and then I thought I would allow $0 to $50 for all the inspections and checks. So I could see anywhere from $120 to $170, my dealer charges $180 after the discount coupon and they include extras like wheel balance and alignment check. So I decided the $180 is okay with me.

    Its not horrible, but when you are coming from a honda that only cost me about 60 for all of the mentioned above, it is kinda a big hit. But its ok, i found my mechanic so i'll be sticking with him.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    over 13 k now, and still lovin her! Filled up with just at 13 gallons on this tank and hopefully i'll break the 30mpg mark.

    My last tank was 12.8 gallons and i managed about 320 miles, which brought me to about 25mpg, which is just ok, but i did drive a little more than the last quarter of a tank on nothing but city streets, so i think i would have gotten well over 350 had it been my usuall highway jaunt; which would insinuate that my mpg are steadily improving.

    Some accessorizing (man i know i spelled that one wrong! :blush:) is on the way, hopefully i'll even be able to post some pics!

    I just ordered the vw rabbit monster mats, which are great for the rainy season. I wanted to get the regular carpet floor mats, but they were pricey and drivergear had them back ordered until april. (same for the monsters.) so i found a website ( and they had them in stock, so i should be getting them soon. I was a bit resiliant to getting all season mats, but after my puppy figured he can jump the backseat of the hatch while we were driving and subsequently take a poop on the floor, i think the ability to just hose em down will come in handy. They have a similar styled mat for the hatch which i will be looking into as well!

    I wanted some taillights in the same vein as the silver ones avail for the jetta, but the rabbit only has the darkened r32 styled ones which don't offer THAT much of a contrast. (i've seen some aftermarkets, but they just don't have that clean oem feel.)

    Some 17's are in order (either the goal's or the stock gti rims) or even 18's(prob the kharthoum model.) I'd like to get the larger spoiler available as well.

    I'm really wanting to replace the side moldings to body colored gti-ones, i know the 4 door has em, but there is no mk5 in 2 door guise that isn't a gti that usually has them. I just like the clean look. After that, comes the votex kit from vee dub themselves and my rabbit will be complete.

    I'll probably be nearing or more than likely exceeding 13500 after this weekend so i'll keep everyone posted as far as problem go.

    The clicking in the back by the gas cap sometimes still rears its head but its no biggie.

    One thing that has caught my eye is ;gasp; of all things an electrical glitch. Every so often, and this is very rare as its only happened twice, the light on my drivers side door that blinks when the car is armed will sometimes stay on just after getting into the car or turning it off and getting out of it. Activating the alarm or deactivating it usually makes it stop but this is a little something that has no explanation, but isn't really a big deal either.

    I'd still take this and the 5 sec windshield wiper fix over my broken visors in the civic and having the dealer order them in the wrong color so i had to wait forever to get them fixed. (they never were, traded in the car like that.)

    Ok, eldaino out.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    15k and i just experienced my best tank yet: 362 miles on a little less than 13 gallons, driving about 85% highway. I averaged about 28 mpg. No problems at all with the car, although i now have to reset the service reminder that was done improperly at my last dealer visit.

    I belive i'm going to do the oil change myself once 20k rolls around. I already found a site that has the filters in stock and has detailed pictures on it being done so it should be a snap. The booklet calls for a tire rotation, which will be easy too, and topping off the fluids. No sweat, i'll let everyone know how it goes!
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    About a month ago I posted:

    I was thinking today about how much the 20K service should cost. I figured about $50 for the synthetic oil change, $50 for cabin filter, and $20 for tire rotation...and then I thought I would allow $0 to $50 for all the inspections and checks. So I could see anywhere from $120 to $170, my dealer charges $180 after the discount coupon and they include extras like wheel balance and alignment check. So I decided the $180 is okay with me.

    Well, I had my 20,000 mile service. Ended up being $187, before taxes and fees. But then I noticed pollen/cabin filter was not shown on the list of parts on the reciept. I called and asked about this and was told "we don't include that in the package because not all VW's have a cabin filter". I complained that their coupon said "includes all VW 20,000 mile maintenance and the maintenance schedule has cabin filter on it". I complained some more and said there was no way I would have agreed to the $200 package had I known it did not include the cabin filter and then just said I would not be paying for that package again and hung up. A few minutes later the service manager calls back and tells me, if I stop in they will do the cabin filter.

    So in future, I will go back to my former habit of ordering service "ala cart". Next year it will go in for "oil change and rotation", no more asking for 10,000, 20,000, 40,000 maintenance.

    If there is a charge for it, I will pay the dealer for the 48 mo./40,000 mile inspections and checks, just in case they would actually find a problem that is covered by warranty.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    sorry about that jeffyscott, i gotta check my service receipts and see if that was done!
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    It's not that it is a big deal whether it was done or won't affect the operation of the vehicle or warranty...after a while the air coming in through the filter will smell bad, though. My issue is I thought the price I was given included that, otherwise I would not have taken their package deal. And I know I did refer to my understanding that the the VW 20,000 mile included cabin filter, oil change, tire rotation when I was checing on the price there vs. another dealer.

    At least they are going to make it right, so I will get what I thought I was paying for.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    daino,i have 4,000 miles on my 07 which i purchased in oct mileage isn't very good in the city at about maybe 20 if's somewhat better on the highway at about 26.hopefully after reading your post my gas milaege will improve as i put more miles on the car as you have...
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    hey steve good to hear from ya! I didn't realize that you got yours in oct too!

    My gas mileage isn't stellar, but for the car and what it is rated at, it does pretty good. I usually don't figure my city mileage, but my tanks average 27-28 mpg driving about 80% highway. The best i got was 29.somthing mpg and it was a 95% highway trip.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    well folks, the bunny is nearing his time for his next service.

    As i mentioned in other posts, the service interval came up when i neared 15k, when the serive manual does not call for it until 20, so i took the liberty of resetting it myself.

    I had to add some castrol syntec, the oil wasn't super low, but it was at a point to where it wouldn't hurt to add some.

    I took a trip to asheville a couple of weeks ago, used cruise control, and took it realatively easy; going about 70-75 miles the whole way. I got about 370 miles to a tank on 12 1/2 gallons of gas...resulting in an al time high of 30 mpg. Granted this trip was 95 percent freeway, with a bit of city driving all done very cautiously, as to not hurt mileage. On monday, my wife and i had our normal 30 mile commute so this helped a bit too.

    I realized the other day how often i spend driving fast; on the 85 freeway here in nc, its pretty much impossible to go below 70 mph. I regularly drive at 80 even. I belive that even better mileage than what i currently average, (which is 27-28 to a tank) is possible if the conditions were more favorable, which would help me exceed epa estimates. (going by the new ones too, but, as my trip to asheville demonstrated, with a little restraint, even the old ones are possible too!)

    Alas i think that my time with the bunny is ending despite its ability to be right on par with the epa's numbers...the closest volkswagen dealers are now quoting 250 dollars for the 20k service; which is truly ridiculous.

    There is a local mechanic who works on vw's, and has done a few newer jettas, but i will be his first new rabbit if i go to him. And even he is planning on charging me about 80 bucks for an oil change/tire rotation.

    I am undertaking the task of changing the oil myself, for economical reasons, not because i feel totally comfortable with servicing the car myself. (like i did with my honda's), but because it is just too much money to waste on a car. If i had no bills aside from the regular ones like phone, car payment, insurance etc...then maybe putting the service on a credit card and paying it off wouldn't be so bad...but the principal of having paid so much to begin with is still there.

    it is with regret, then, that i belive this to be my last vw. Not because the car has not been reliable, because it has, and not because the driving experience was not exceptional,not because the fit and finish for the price was literally ASTOUNDING, and not because the car is a peppy and an engaging drive;, its becasue the cost of ownership of this car counteracts its affordable price tag.

    I still have about a year or a little less to go with him, so i will thorougly enjoy this solid little ride...but the sooner i can part with him from, the better (from a financial standpoint.)

    As far as the oil change goes, i'll have to order the filters online at a german auto parts store, which will be done this week.

    More updates to follow.

  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    the sooner i can part with him from, the better (from a financial standpoint.)

    Trading your car in for new one is not likely to be a money saving move, even if you do have to pay $80 for an oil change and tire rotation.
  • steven39steven39 Posts: 636
    just my 2 cents here,i also own a 07 rabbit which i purchased in oct's been so far so good with only 4,000 miles on it so far due to me haveing a company car to use during the day.anyway,i realize that the oil changes for the rabbit at 80 bucks a shot are not cheap along with the other scheduled maintenence for the rabbit.however, i look at it this way,you don't do the oil changes every even if it costs 80 bucks every six months to change the oil thats not a big deal to me.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    at a glance no, but by the time i do, i'll have some nice equity and a down payment ready, and more than likey lower my payment and how long i'll have to do it.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    hey steveo.

    wow 4k since october? You don't drive much, i've more than tripled your driving distance!(my wife and i drive a lot)

    if i'm not have not even had an oil change right? see thats the thing...vw scheduled maintanence AND oil changes happen at the same time, every 10k. (mind you, you will have to go for a 5k and then a 10k but after the 10k serivice, you shouldn't have to do until 20k and so on.)

    The 80 dollars i mentioned is a ball park this local guy gave me...this is NOT going to the dealer. IF i were to go to the dealer it would be a heck of a lot more...and unfortunatley my situation is not like six months you have no need to go for service, whereas mine is like every 3 months! Maybe less.
  • jeffyscottjeffyscott Posts: 3,855
    If you want to buy a new car, that is fine. Just don't fool yourself into thinking you are somehow saving money by doing're not.
  • eldainoeldaino Posts: 1,618
    more often than not, buying a new car means more money spent.

    In the long run i'll be saving money no matter what, you statement, while correct in MOST situations, doesn't neccesarily apply to every situation.

    I'll be sure that when the time comes, i will be on of the situations that is exempt. ;)
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