Owned the car for several years now, purchased with 70k miles and it now has 115k. I hate to admit it but I run the car fairly hard and the only thing I've had to replace was a coolant sensor. Sometimes the transmission slips when the car is cold, might be due to low gear oil. OR more likely because VW makes less than reliable automatic transmissions, newer generations are better. Not pleased with the fuel consumption. With that said it has been a relatively fun car to drive, handles well, comfortable interior with plenty of room (i'm 6'1). I would recommend vw's to friend but if the miles are high only consider a manual.
Interior design makes the car feel more expensive than it is compared to others in it's class. The engine has a unique sound to it's uneven firing order from a 5 cylinder. more room on the inside than you would think.
Make a reliable automatic transmission, something VW has not yet figured out. I expect more power from a 2.5 liter. For a car this slow and underpowered you'd think it would get better fuel consumption. Oddly enough going from Cincinnati to ATL averaging 90-95 mpg on the highway I got 30mpg, everything else about 20mpg.
I bought my 2007 VW Rabbit from the dealer brand new in 2007. It was the base model with a manual 5 speed. What an awesome car for the money. It was quick, very responsive, had no bothersome stability control and was fun to drive. At most, I would keep a car around 1 to 2 years. I kept this Rabbit for 5 years because I loved it. The 2.5L engine was strong (I say this because the same engine in later years was de-tuned for gas mileage savings). The car never let me down, never made any weird noises, and was totally reliable. The hatch was convenient to use and fit a ton of stuff. The only thing I didn't like and changed right away was the factory radio. I put an aftermarket Alpine.
I bought my 07 Rabbit from the dealer and it has driven pretty well for the most part. I've had a few problems but nothing too major that I can think of until recently. Within the past couple months I've noticed my check engine light, tail light is out, headliner is peeling off, and the car only has 45k miles on it. It also would randomly stop running during the winter but hasn't happened in a while. I got the battery replaced and it happened once since then. I was hoping to drive this car to the end but I don't think it's worth keeping now.
intermittent wipers, windows roll down from outside with key, drives really well, comfortable car
seatbelt holder (I have to reach back pretty far to grab it), doors on two door are heavy,
I'm now the daily driver of our 2007 4-Door Rabbit and just absolutely blown-away by it. We've had no major mechanical issues with it, ever. I just had spark plugs and a few things replaced and suddenly it is driving like new. For a car under $19k, the handling and acceleration is fantastic. It is bigger than our previous Golf and more solid overall. The engine, I'm told, borrows from a Lamborghini design. I'm not a racer but this is a quick car.
Also room enough for groceries and two kids. A bit tight for a long road trip, but doable.
The interior is very nice, almost a luxury feel. Audi-like. The red display achieves great visibility on the dash and the controls are well placed.
Sound system with CD changer is decent, not going to knock you out. I love that it plays MP3 CDs, so I usually load it up with 6 CDs of 3-4 albums each. That's a lot of music.
Seats are comfortable and quite adjustable. I am 6'2" and have plenty of headroom.
Sunroof is a must. Alloy wheels give this a bit of style.
Handling is exceptional, tighter and more responsive than you'd expect. Makes me wonder what the hype is about the GTI.
There's a weird feature where the bass booms at stoplights. It's bizarre.
Otherwise, this is one of the best cars I've owned, if not the best.
Bought this car used with 52K miles on it and a extended warranty for 20K mile, which was a waste. This car has been perfect and reliable since I bought it. I now have 105K miles on it and still running strong and drive the same as the first day I bought it. Regular oil changes every 5K. Went through 2 sets of tires. Added GTI 17's mags. Color is white, black trim and Yakima bike rack with air spoiler, clean, looks real sporty, turns heads all the time. Extremely happy with this car performance, ride & comfort.
Heated mirrors, all windows down with key, auto locks itself when left unattended for 45 seconds, abs brakes (save me a couple of times) great handling, 5 air bags (safe car) tight German engineering. LED Blinkers on mirrors, excellent Cruz control, Electric steering very easy precise control, Comfortable and smooth at high speeds.