For sure will get speeding tickets cause its way fun, surprised haven't been stopped. Yet. Should be the best selling car in America. Canoes and kayaks fit fine on roof rack. Lots of stuff in back. Back seat is better than previous years VWs. Did I say this is fun?
Made in Deutschland. Not a thing wrong. Electronic stability option thing is fantastic. Great car in snow-can't hardly spinout, fine in crosswinds. Those north-central Europeans are so smart. Can put at least 4 bicycles in back by just taking off front wheel. Looks fast. Roars when floored.
Armrest please. Silly bottom engine cover is a bit of a pain. Could have a bigger gear rpm range, find myself constantly shifting two gears at once. 5th kinda busy at 85mph+. 6 qts of synthetic is kinda pricey.
I've had the rabbit for just about a year and it has been awesome. Everything about the car is great. Have not had any problems and made a trip a long road trip and the ride was very comfortable and smooth. definitely prefer this car.
I bought an '07 4-door right off the showroom floor, black with the 17" V-Vision wheels (I was hooked). This is my third VW, and the other two ('78 Rabbit, '88 Fox) were bulletproof. I compared the Mazda3, and the Rabbit offers far more features, refinement, and power (the 2.5L has terrific torque) for the money. Since October 2006, I've put 20,000 miles on it (18,000 miles in the first year). It feels like a budget Audi. What sinks it are the rattles (see Suggested Improvements). I've had it to the dealer once; whatever they did only muted the rattles a little bit for a little while. No new car should rattle this much. I've had numerous Fords (no paragons of quality) that were far quieter.
Automatic Sport mode (use it daily); high-calibar interior materials; soothing blue & red dash lighting; one- touch up & down on all 4 windows; sunroof; heated seats (great feature in this price class & warm up quickly!); integrated hatch release/VW logo (clever design); large door pockets
Dash rattles (seem to come from all vents) are an almost constant irritation; lousy radio reception (goes Mono on local stations in a major market); bass sometimes booms unexpectedly; high road noise on coarse pavement (17" wheels); downshifts under hard acceleration are jarring as it drops 2 gears
I bought one of these for my wife a year ago and we are getting rid of it with under 17,000 miles on it. We are still upside down in the vehicle, and it is spending more time at the dealership than at our house. And for some reason the dealership is putting around 200 miles on it while trying to fix a problem with the idling. The vehicle has been a problem since the month after we got it and our dealership seems to be making little if no effort to fix the problem.
Gas mileage, base model has lots of nice features (window defrosters, turn signals on mirrors, display, safety features).
Grossly unreliable, horrible service, cramped for anyone over 5'6", who decided to put the aux jack in the glove box? This vehicle is not worth the hassle, my wife has spent more time dumping gas money into Jettas and Passats (loaners) than she has in her own car.