2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)
had it only 2 weeks, but driving A LOT. my first experience in a rabbit made a terribly disconcerting metallic rubbing whine when i test drove one initially (with alloy wheels pkg.), but the one i bought had the steel wheels and no such noises. still have quite a bit of clutch pedal travel compared to my subaru outback and am still trying to get used to launching without excessive revving (maybe i'm just a retard) and while in 1st/2nd gears, torque dies around 3500 rpm. i expected more torque since due to 177 lb./ft. rating. shoulda bought the DSG auto trans in retrospect. wished leather seats were available. almost dislocated my left shoulder reaching back for the safety belt.
the great euro looks of this hatch, BEAUTIFUL! clean interior design, very comfy, has more room than i had expected, decent noise levels for small car, excellent levels of standard equip., great Consumers Reports ratings on reliability, signal lights on side mirrors, nice cd/radio sound, THE PRICE!
the manual recline knob is obscured by the lap belt and hinders adjustment, hate how the driver seat doesn't return to its previous setting after you flip the lever to let someone in back, based on shift knob travel, you'd never know you just went into 5th gear except for the fact that revs dropped
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