2008 Volkswagen Rabbit User Reviews

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Get A V-dub! — The rabbit is a fun car to drive and it's good on gas, but I would recommend putting a turbo in it if you have the money for it. It's okay as a commuter car, but if you're looking for a fast car you should really look into buying the GTI.

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: grea build, lots of torque, good mileage

    Cons: slow

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-Door Review
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    Great — wish the gas mpg was a bit better, needs wider sticky tires, at least some 205/45/17 would be perfect, fun to drive overall, looks sweet and tons of aftermarket goodies out there avail. but they tend to not be as cheap as they could be

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fun to drive, and fits anywhere

    Cons: not alot of room

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Ownership — Very good build quality, extremely fun to drive, fantastic fuel economy, peppy and strong powerplant, comfortable on long trips, extremely affordable, and so far very reliable. Very fun to haul friends around in, plus you can really stuff the hatch full of almost anything, there is alot of room!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: Solid motor, comfy interior, extremely reliable

    Cons: Soft/thin paint.  Lots of small chips and a few imperfections.

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Good Car For A Great Price — Great acceleration, I can easily pass on I81 (speed limit = 70). Good power, and I reached 32 MPG on a 250 mile road trip. Get the 6 speed tiptronic auto transmition. The stock tires have passed my performance expectations in both dry and wet conditions!

    Primary Use: Commuting to work

    Pros: fun, snappy

    Cons: gas pedal is hard to avoid

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Its A Nice 15k Car. — Its a pretty well built car considering its price. It performs well, its 2.5 I-5 is a unqiue engine and will accelerate your call good. Its a fun car to drive, for it is quick and has pretty good handling. Makes a great daily driver and can get to you from point A to point B in a semi fun way. The interior in the dark with the lights on are spectacular. Great color scheme and the buttons are well played out.

    Pros: Daily driver bargain fun

    Cons: The GTI

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-Door Review
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    Once You Testdrive This Car You Wont Want Your Older Car Back — The only performance issue I have had is a lack of acceleration when it tops out each gear. My Inline 5 definitely needs a turbo charger. Keep in mind that I say this because I want this car to go 0-60 in 5 seconds. Stock with out the turbo is still faster than almost all of its competitors and I believe everyone will be shocked at how quick the 170 hp 5 cylinder is. I think you can get the rabbit with the turbo charger on the I5 stock but I'm not sure how much that would have affected the $18,000 sticker price that I paid for mine. The Triptronic is an amazing revolution and is so much fun to drive, although I wish it would allow you to max out the gear and NOT auto shift for you. That is annoying and all it should have is a rev limiter. As for styling, it would have been nice to have the GTI or R32 look with the base rabbit but I preferred to put on what I WANTED aftermarket. I plan on putting on some nice rims and Michelins to replace the steel rims and continentals. Even excluding these alterations, this is by far the best car I have ever owned. After the the stage 1 is added I believe this car would definitely be rated close to my dads C5 vette (The older 345 hp C5) only its more comfortable for a daily driver. This car is affordable, easy and cheap to maintain. Although I do have to admit some parts may be more expensive than some other cheap economy cars but they rarely break or fail. At least they haven't in the first 30k miles on mine. The rabbit knocks out all the others when compared to, the ford focus, the chevy cobalt, the honda civic, the toyota corolla, scion, kia, the chrysler avenger and caliber and many others in its category. In all aspects the rabbit has more power, is faster, drives nicer, costs less when comparable options are added to the competitors, so far has less issues, lower maintenance costs, safer (one of the top two safest as noted by consumer reports), and is all around the second cheapest car to own (in overall costs as noted by consumer reports), beat only by the Toyota prius. If anyone wants a car that has the power to keep up with the "sportier cars" but has better handling, fuel efficiency and a lower price tag, then you definitely will love a rabbit or any VW model. If you don't mind a two door without the automatic, a new rabbit starts at about $15,000 with a million more options.

    Pros: Amazing performance that is totally unexpected from base model

    Cons: I can't think of a single reason to avoid this car

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Rabid Rabbit — It accelerates very well and has a lot of room for a 2 Door Hatchback. Very comfortable and feels secure. Love 5 Speed Manual. I love driving it and can't wait to put some new rims on it in March.

    Pros: Quick, Sporty for the Price

    Cons: MPG isn't amazing

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Vw Rabbit — Build quality, handling, and interior space beat the crap out of every other car in its class. Solid dashboard, cool interior lighting, decent gas mileage. And it's a blast to drive. One of my favorite things about it is that you don't see them very often.

    Pros: Handling, looks, interior

    Cons: MPG could be better.

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    From A Slightly Biased Vw Fan — I have wanted to buy a brand new Volkswagen Rabbit (Golf) since I learned how to drive. The very first car that I called "mine" was a '92 4-door Golf that I inherited when I was a senior in high school (2003). I knew when I had that car that as soon as I could afford it I would be buying a brand new one. I bought this Rabbit in August of '08 and have no serious complaints. The car handles well, has plenty of power, especially torque (177 ft/lbs) and is a blast to drive. It has plenty of driver legroom, I myself am 6'4" and feel really comfortable driving. Road noise is not a problem even going down the interstate at 70mph. Some of the minor complaints I have had include mediocre fuel economy (for a "compact" car) and expensive oil changes. The fuel economy is rated at 29/21 (highway/city). I believe this is attributed to having a five-cylinder motor with gear ratios more appropriate for a four-cylinder motor. At 70mph the motor runs at approximately 2900rpm. I personally feel that the motor has plenty of torque and that either a 6th gear or taller gear ratios would help to improve at least the highway fuel economy. VW's warranty requires you to run full synthetic oil, making the cost of an oil change around $65 (the cheapest price I found at a VW dealer). The car has roughly 32,000 miles and with the exception of a light-bulb mounting bracket recall, has only been in the shop for routine maintenance (oil changes and tire rotation). I would easily recommend this car to a friend, especially a friend that is looking for more than just a plain car to get around in. Also, VW's have recently had great resale value. For just over $15k, it's hard to beat.

    Pros: Great performance, handling, and interior space

    Cons: mediocre fuel economy, expensive oil changes.

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    2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-Door Review
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    Extremely Good Car — The car is very well put together, and drives better than cars more than twice its price. It accelerates fairly quickly, especially for entrance ramps onto highways. The turning is precise, and its turn radius is small enough that I can turn around in some streets without doing a Y turn. Braking is good. The build quality and materials are second to none. Nothing feels cheap, unlike in its competition. For weeks after I got it, I kept finding little details. For example, there are slots for coins for tolls, a shelf for the owner's manual in the glove compartment, the seat belts are stitched in such a way that if you let go after unbuckling it doesn't thwack against the B pillar, it automatically locks at 8 mph (and while in park it only locks from the outside so if you press lock you can still get out from the inside), and many more. It's thoroughly engineered. Appearance is decent. I just have the basic 2-door with black trim and steel wheels. The design looks like it's a few years old, and, well, it is. However, if you add the body kit bumpers, tint the windows, upgrade the rims, and add Veleo LED tail lights, the Rabbit can look really awesome. It depends on what you're willing to spend. Gas mileage is decent. I get 27-31 mpg usually, and with gas at $1.40 now the fillups are under $20 and give me a range of around 380 miles. Maintenance is fairly simple, and I got a standard 4-year warranty (now 3-year for 2009 models) so maintenance at the dealer is free. Washing the car is very simple, and one thing that's great about the car is that the doors are sealed so that dirt doesn't spray onto the metal between the outside and the inside seal. The rims are kind of a hassle to clean since there are so many holes, but if you get different ones it's easier. The one reason that held me back from just buying the VW without cross-shopping was reliability. My one problem with the car is that the iPod adapter dock broke at 2500 miles, and the dealer's response was to order a new stereo system for the dash. It's not a big problem, but I drive through areas with no good radio reception so it's annoying to not have an iPod to play. What convinced me to buy it was an article that claimed the Rabbit/Golf is the 2nd most reliable car in Europe, and Consumer Reports' high rating. Everything else has been great; no squeaks or rattles. Complaints about the car include no range estimation, no dimming side mirrors, and a subpar stereo system (reliability and sound-quality wise). One more thing: In a couple years, Audi is going to be putting the same engine in its S3, only turbocharged. That means that there will be a plethora of upgrades for the Rabbit's 2.5 5-cylinder engine in the near future. It may be more expensive than the competition, but you get so many more amenities of more expensive cars. It's almost unfair to put this in the econobox comparison; it just has a small size (which is perfect; I've moved all my belongings to college in it, and it's really easy to park). All in all, I would HIGHLY recommend the car.

    Pros: Engine, transmission, fit and finish, materials, easy to maintain, fun to drive

    Cons: Stereo system, no range estimation or dimming side mirrors

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    Reviews From Other Years

    2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

    Zippy Surprise Ride By sally410

    One test drive and you will see. great pick up, easy to merge onto highways, just enough cargo space and the back seat is comfortable. This car feels solid on the road even in the winter in upstate n... Read More

    What A Car Should Be By Sooraj

    really fast car which handles very well at corners and very cheap to upgrade for right kinda price. build quality is good compared to other cars around the same price tag like soft touch dash board.... Read More

    2007 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

    Practical And Reliable By sfhiers

    This car has been fantastic since we purchased it in 2012. We are the second owners and have never needed any maintenance on the car in this time. The car has more get-up than most people think, and i... Read More

    Vw Rabbit Is A Great Transporter By Jim

    I bought this car thinking I would tolerate a small car to save on gas compared to driving my 3/4 ton truck. Well, I certainly save on gas (although not as good as promised) but I actually love the c... Read More

    2006 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

    Kick-ass By Morne

    2.0 16v golf mk1 with disc brakes all round done lots of mods and still lots 2 come maintenance is one of the problems with this motor because everything needs 2 be imported and comes at a high price.... Read More

    Volkswagen Rabbit By Samantha

    Performance: Quick and zippy :] Build: Modern and Clean Apperence: Sporty and Classy Cost of ownership: 29+ MPG, More costly Oil than my old 2.0 jetta Fun: Absolutely. Strong performance and very nice... Read More

    1984 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

    Never By Matthew

    Carburator barely holding on Good brakes Runs cool Primer finish Very fun, very unique, style of it's own. 4 speed manual purchase price was cheap, repairs are free to cheap, gas is ok. Holding up g... Read More

    Vw Rabbit Daily Driver By Hector

    My vw rabbit was my first car to be modified (by me) it was my first sunday project. it had minor modifications in the engine (better lubrication, higher compression, bigger intake and carb). This w... Read More

    1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

    Great Beginner Car By CJ2005

    Well all in all my 1984 VW Rabbit is a reliable small car. It accelerates very well, good braking and handling. We get snow where I live and with the car being so light 2240lbs winter driving must be ... Read More

    Win By Craig

    I actually own a Rabbit Pickup, more like two. It only makes 74 horsepower at the crank but it has a little get up. Even when it runs terrible I got 35 miles per gallon. Parts are fairly cheap but k... Read More

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