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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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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-DoorReview
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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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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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Best In Its Class! — Best compact. Way better build quality the the Civic, Mazda3, etc. Good performance for its class (170h, 177lbs torque). 1st gear is a bit short but provides very quick accelerations and 5th could have been less rev-hungry. The 4 wheel disc brakes provide more than enough stopping power even though the pedal feels a little bit spongy. All around its a very fun car to drive. The interior has no frills all around, its efficient and not overdone like some cars. Ahem civic. The quality of the materials is amazing for a car and this price. After 13 000 km with it i have not witnessed any trim rattle. The fun and power of the car comes at a certain price, the 2.5L engine is very thirsty. with very good interest rates from VW Finance, i highly recommend this car for anyone in the market for a dependable compact car.

Pros: Excellent build quality

Cons: Gas milage is below average.

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-DoorReview
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Rabbit Ftw! — Love this little car! good gas mileage, good handling for it class. Solidly built, almost too solid as its a wee bit on the heavy side. Not too Expensive to own. premium sound isn;t bad, though it can;t go very loud. Love the sound when it gets into the higher revs.

Pros: Looks, Performance, Audio System

Cons: Little heavy, could get better gas mileage if it was lighter

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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Best For Me. — I like the 5-cyl. It has good pickup for a new car. Drove civics, lancers, basically every entry level car and this was the best of the best! Every option on the other cars is standard issue on the rabbit. Fun to drive and doesn't look too bad either.

Pros: The car!

Cons: Rain.

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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Not Bad But Not For Me. — This is a nice affordable peppy boot around town type of car. It was not the fastest thing i drove with the 2.oL NA engine but the 5 speed made it fun. Handling is not as good as a GTI but was decent. The GTI having a turbo bolted to the 2.oL only gives it maybe 30 more poneys which in my opinion is not that efficient. Qulity well its a VW.. everyone has their own opinion on that.

Pros: price

Cons: power.

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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Vdub's For All —

Well i took a bit of a twist here buying this car. Not exactly what anyone i knew would have expected me to purchase. All that being said I love it, it handles well with the ESP prgram and goes like a bat out of hell now that i have a GIAC power programmer installed in it four months old and on my second set of tires. This thing pulls high G's on the G-pad and on the road. The ESP has performed flawlessly and actually has shaved some off my course lap times. To all of you out there driving North American vehicles... HAHAHAHA LOL Muahhhh.... Why would you watse your hard earned dollars on crap like lets say a Pontiac G5, or G6, Dodge SX 2.0, Chevy Cobalt, and so on and so on. Especially when this little rocket will make most Grand Prix GTP drivers feel like an ass for having been out performed.... Trust me i know this from experience, my Rabbit ate and spit out a Pontiac Grand Prix GTP. I nearly died laughing when the guy pulled in to talk..... He had to leave because i couldn't contain myself. Many North American "MUSCLE" cars have had their grins wiped off with this little monster. It definitely is a Wolf(sburg) in sheeps clothing.

Pros: Looks, ergonomis, power, build quality, suspension performance, room, nimbleness, engineering of powertrain is second to none

Cons: insurance costs, prone to rock chips, not exactly a fuel miser, interior wears a bit easily, road noise transfer is a bit above what i would expect from a vehicle of this price and build quality.

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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My Very First New Car! — With a manual trans, it's nice to have the control over the speed in each gear. This car definitely has a good pick up and go! When I first sat in the car, it seemed to fit me perfectly. As a tall woman, 6', it's nice to be in a smaller car and still feel comfortable. Even with my seat back, there's still plenty of room for back seat passengers, which is also a definite plus!

Pros: speed, comfort, looks

Cons: doesn't get as good of gas mileage as would be expected of a small car

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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Great Drivetrain And Perfect Handling — i opted for the "southern night package" that includes gunmetal 17 inch wheels darkened tail lamps and 11 speaker stereo. great build quality, solid acceleration, smooth transmission, and clean styling.

Pros: cheap, powerful, great standard features.

Cons: very feminine

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit 2-DoorReview
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Possibly The Most Fun Car I've Ever Owned. — I have found that the 2008 Rabbit is absolutely incapable of leaving someone wanting after a long drive. The seats are incredibly supportive, and are among the few designed with tall people in mind. All of the control surfaces are well apointed and seem to be ergonomicly correct. While the four door varient is probably the more practical one, I don't really think the two door suffers too much from it's lack of doors. And the utility of a hatchback is absolutely amazing. Theres nothing that won't fit in the car. The color is perfect as well, a perfect shade of Citation Please Red. I've always been in love with the idea of a relatively compact hatchback, but nobody has been able to build one that is as uncompromising as this VW. It's spacious, very frugal on gas, german, well designed, and it looks fantastic.

Pros: Design, Gas frugality, well optioned,

Cons: If there are some, I'm unaware of them.

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Reviews From Other Years

2009 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

Review By Nic

Fun, quick, and a very efficient car. Ive had 2 and loved them both. Read More

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

2007 Volkswagen Rabbit Reviews

Review By Susan

With a 5 cylinder engine, the 2007 VW Rabbit has nice, but not amazing pickup. The frame is solid and heavy, which must weigh it down a bit in comparison to the 2007 VW Eos I drive. The turning radiu... Read More

Review By Edubnyc

Great car, very customizable never had any problems beside regular work. 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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