Picked this car up in the summer of 07'.
Was a great car from the start until the first 10,000 miles, after that the the cash started flying out the windows.
Oil changes every 5k miles cost around $80, every 10k miles major maintenance is recommended for around $300 - $500, headlights and taillights go out every 10K miles (especially after visiting the dealership), the airbag harness in the steering wheel snapped that was $600 (fought with VW corporate and explained that it was a safety issue not caused by me), Rear brakes had to be fixed at 35K miles for $400+, O2 sensor went out before 40K miles for around $400,
Fuel additive maintenance $250, Front brakes just went at 65K for $400+....
None, car costs way to much in the maintenance department.
Had a 2000 Subaru Impreza that lasted 7 years with only one major problem that was a recall.
VW Rabbit is a horrible purchase.
While I dont doubt that you may have had some problems I think some of this review is overblown and questionable in terms of accuracy. Either that or your were routinly being ripped off by whoever you took it to for service.
An o2 sensor cost less then $100.00 to replace , that part is $35-50 depending on the brand and is a simple matter of unplugging the old one and plugging in the new one,
takes a couple of minutes but shops bill out at half hours so the cost goes up.
duh all cars need oil changes did you think this would be different?
Major maintenance is not every 10k,
there are routine maintenance checks every 10k , but they are not $500.
The 40k interval service I admit will be $400-500 but the other intervals are far less than that.
Again did you think a car shouldn't need scheduled maintenance?
All of the other items seam over stated in prices as well, and on top of that from the way described and the miles indicated would have been covered under warrantee.
I will agree that vw's do cost more to maintain but what you've described here just does not add up.