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Volkswagen Rabbit, Volkswagen Golf, Hatchback
#1 of 832 Volkswagen Rabbit 2007+
Apr 12, 2006 (9:45 am)
The VW Rabbit is back.
#2 of 832 Rabbit Season! Golf Season! Rabbit Season!
Apr 12, 2006 (9:48 am)
2007 VW Rabbit
Affordable German engineering has returned in the form of the VW Golf renamed the Rabbit for the US/Canadian markets.
Starting at just a hare under $15,000 dollars it competes very well with Japanese and outruns the domesting competitors.
Apr 12, 2006 (11:40 am)
Great price with good standard safety features.
#4 of 832 I'd Like to Hop right in
Apr 12, 2006 (6:37 pm)
I drove a GTI yesterday and loved it, but too spendy for me right now. I am excited to see that the Mark V is coming our way... be it called a Golf or a Rabbit. I want to drive it in the 2 door. I hope it has the safety features of the GTI. I went to the VW UK site, for some info on the Golf Mark V, after it was introduced at the Chicago Auto Show. I bet we will not get all the color choice in the US. I like that it is being build at the Wolfsburg factory.
#5 of 832 VW Rabbit 2007 reliability
Apr 13, 2006 (9:52 am)
I'm really interested in this vehicle, but have heard and read worrisome things about VW reliability. Does anyone have any experience/information to share in that regard?
#6 of 832 Re: VW Rabbit 2007 reliability [cmk]
Apr 13, 2006 (12:30 pm)
Years ago, my first VW was a two tone van and it just keep running til I traded it in. Today I have an 02 Passat and have had no problems and a very good experience with the service department. Before that, I had a new Beetle as does my friend. Hers is an O1 and no problems. I traded in for the Passat, because I found the Beetle too small for my travel needs but it was a very good and reliable auto. I have had, over the years, many autos, American and Japanese, but I am now a VW fan. The are safe, they are well built and fun to drive. This is my experience. I have read that others had bad experiences. I do believe VW has listened and is trying hard to put the past problems behind them. I think it is important to keep the car serviced properly (all the new VW use synthetic oil changes) and find a service department you like. When I buy a car I always want to meet and talk with the service manager before signing any papers. Also drive the car and check it out for any flaws in paint or interior. Make sure everything is working. Take your time to check out everything, again, before signing papers. This goes for any car you buy, old or new.
As far as the Rabbit, a friend had one in 78 and it was small and I can't remember any problems. The new Rabbit will be a much different car. I too am anxious to drive one. If it is built anything like the GTI I drove on Tuesday, it will be a really great car.
I am calling my car dealer to find out if he knows when they will be coming. Look at this link under the Golf to get an idea of what the Rabbit will be like...I don't know which ones will come to US, but I want the 2 door and understand it is one of the choices. I doubt that we will get all those color choices, but it has been in Europe for several years so all the kinks should be ironed out. I understand they will like the GTI be built in Germans.
#7 of 832 Re: VW Rabbit 2007 reliability [cmk]
Apr 15, 2006 (10:45 am)
I'd refer you to the only publically available large scale statistical analysis of US VW automobile reliability: Consumer Reports Annual Auto Issue or their 2006 buying guide for cars. No matter how much some people want to beleive that Consumer Reports is being paid off by Toyota and Honda to make American and European manufacturers look bad, it's solid information.
Buying a VW is trade off: you give up reliability in exchange for the qualities the German (and more frequently, Mexican) engineered VW offers. Just know what you are getting in to. I'd love to own a diesel, but I haven't decided if it's worth it- it's an individual decision; just don't decide based on a couple of personal anecdotes... look closely at Consumer Reports.
#8 of 832 Re: VW Rabbit 2007 reliability [tseosh]
Apr 15, 2006 (11:42 pm)
... and then you will find that the typical VWs of the past had about twice as many problems in a given time than the most "reliable" cars. That is, they were not catastrophically worse, but probably enough to make ownership a bit more inconvenient than the best. Warranty and longevity were good (after the auto trans manufacturer was changed ~6-8 years back), so long term, they have always been quite solid and had excellent cost of ownership, and many models also had accordingly good resale values.
The MkV Golf and GTI are built in Germany. Early indication is that they have few "problem areas" and a high degree of satisfaction with owners.
For the Diesel, you will have to wait until the low Sulfur fuel has been introduced in the US, and the car manufacturers have adjusted to the new emissions regulations (that are unfortunately set in place before the low Sulfur fuel is going to be fully available). For VW, that likely means late 2007 or early 2008 with their new high pressure direct injection Diesels.
#9 of 832 2007 Rabbit - When will be available?
Apr 20, 2006 (9:05 am)
Does anyone have any info when they will start selling them? I tried few dillers here in Phoenix but they do not know when. All they know is sometimes this summer.
#10 of 832 Re: 2007 Rabbit - When will be available? [z_man]
Apr 21, 2006 (11:47 am)
Availability begins in June and selection will improve in July according to regional VW rep..