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Love my rabbit
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By DBLASVEGAS
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


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The first thing you need to understand about this car is. It's not the most fuel efficient hatchback out there. However it is fun fun fun to drive. If you're like me and performance is important to you, for the price you can't beat it. Drove the Civic lx, ex and Nissan Sentra. Boring by comparison. Nice cars but no power. Suspension is a little soft for me (it rides well though) but what do you want for 16,800 dollars? I have alloy wheels and iPod adapter built in the armrest (with rear seat air vents) trip computer 10 speaker stereo. The 4 door jumps in price to around 20,000 dollars. The Honda dealership wanted around 20,000 out the door for an lx Civic coupe. Rabbit was 18.


Best Features

great power for an "economy" car. 170 hp and 177 torque. i own the 5 speed manual. zippy around town. in town i avg 23-24 mpg. remember i am more a performance oriented driver. keep that in mind with what i've posted for fuel economy. i don't save engine power for a rainy day. i use it.


Worst Features

The fuel economy on the highway on cruise is about 27-28 at 60-63 mph. at 70 your around 26 and above 70 you looking at 24-25 mpg. VW if you read this please add bluetooth as an option to your cars. Had it in my Audi and loved it.


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Nothing but Problems
2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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By gobills
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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It started out being a nice car, but since then it has been nothing but headaches. It seems like one thing after another something goes wrong. 1st off the power windows quit working, and now the check engine light keeps coming on and VW doesn't no how to fix it. All in all this is my 1st VW and it will be my last.


Best Features

I the peppy engine.


Worst Features

Gas Mileage and build quality. Interior rattles a little bit while driving.


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Unlimited Smiles per Mile
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By davepete
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 5M)


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I've owned my Rabbit now for a little over a month. Each and every day I look forward to the commute to work because the Rabbit is so much fun to drive. No problem merging onto the highway, or passing slower traffic. The ride is firm but smooth, and engine response is immediate. I test drove the Scion tC, Mazda-3, Toyota Matrix, Ford Focus, Subaru Impreza, and Chevy Cobalt. None of them could touch the Rabbit in terms of overall feel, and build quality. If you're looking for an inexpensive "fun" car, don't pass up test driving the Rabbit.


Best Features

Torque! Also the Multi-function display, interior blue and red lighting at night, comfortable seats, theft deterrent system. Oh, and did I mention Torque!


Worst Features

My only complaint is that when you go around corners, water on the roof drips into the passenger compartment when the windows are cracked open.


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Vunderbar
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By JDub
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 4dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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I have had the car for about 3 months, and can not say enough praise about it. Very versatile, peppy and an overall amazing car. I have a slightly above average commute, and the mileage isn't bad at all, even in the city. Inside, ample space and comfort makes it a great alternative to an SUV or "Crossover" (whatever that is). Fun little "easter eggs" inside and out make me say, "Well, thats smart".


Best Features

Telescoping steering wheel, Stereo, Tiptronic Tranny and automatic windows.


Worst Features

iPod dock is very tight and radio integration is awkwardly designed. I wish the hatch would come up on its own when the button is pressed on the door.


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Great little car
1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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By stephen
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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Hatchback S 2dr Hatchback (2.5L 5cyl 6A)


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I've had this car for about 5 weeks and put 2000 miles on it. For the price (under $18k with 170 hp, 6 speed auto & Tiptronic) you really can't beat it. 95% of the mileage is city driving, and I avg 17.9 mpg, which isn't great but I do drive quite aggressively. Overall the car feels quite well-built, and given that I used to manage a valet lot and have driven Audi, BMW, Porsche, Lexus, Jaguar, etc, that is pretty impressive, especially at this price point. In my opinion you are basically getting a GTI at an economy car price - and my insurance is far cheaper than it would be with a sports car. The only downside is the fuel economy, but if you can get past that, this car is a winner.


Best Features

170 hp, 177 torque, 6speed auto w/tiptronic, excellent handling, good looking car, fully loaded for under $18k?? You can't beat that.


Worst Features

Factory stereo system is mediocre, gas mileage is slightly painful, and the ride is maybe a little too soft for me (though during longer drives this can be a good thing). Other than that I love this car as it is.


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