The old VW Rabbit was a great car. Easy to work on, reliable and long lasting.
My understanding is that VW has brought all this back for a really great price. Plus, the Rabbit is a hatchback and therefore offers the advantage of
cargo-carrying utility not provided by the typical two- or four-door
sedan design. I have always loved hatchbacks. They are easy to load and fit quite a lot for a small car.
We won't see them here at our Indepentent Shop for a year or so, so it's hard to say on reliability.
〉 Answered on Feb 28th, 2007 by Amy Mattinat, Owner and Author at Auto Craftsmen Ltd
I would say that you need to have something to compare it to. If there's something else that you're looking at that's around the same size go to http://www.askpatty.com/chrome.php and compare all the options. If you're worried about reliability you should go to a search engine like google and put in 2007 Volkswagen Rabbit and read what comes up.
Volkswagen has been around for a while and there are a lot of happy owners.
Hope this helps.
〉 Answered on Feb 28th, 2007 by Lori Johnson, Owner and Instructor at Ladies Start Your Engines
The best thing to do is to look up other owner's opinions on the vehicle. Check out www.epinions.com for other customer reviews of that vehicle. HEre are some reviews I found for you, but they don't say a lot on reliability:
Because it is such a new model, it is hard to find much information on how reliable it is. If you knwo someone who has bought one, ask them their opinion as well.
I found this article that might help as well:
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door Hatchback Review
THE AUTO PAGE
2007 Volkswagen Rabbit 4-door hatchback
Engine: 2.5-liter I-5
Horsepower/Torque: 150 hp @ 5000 rpm/170 lb.-ft. @ 3750 rpm
Transmission: 5-speed manual
Wheelbase: 101.5 in.
Length x Width x Height: 164.9 x 68.3 x 56.7 in.
Cargo volume: 41.8 cu. ft.
Economy: 22 mpg city/30 mpg highway/22.6 mpg test
Price: $19,845 (includes $639 destination charge)
Assets – As a direct descendant of the original Beetle,
the Rabbit is better in all ways. Compact dimensions belie comfort and
Debits – Even for a five-cylinder, the engine is noisy. No
arrow to show which side of car the fuel filler is located.
Way back in 1976, Volkswagen replaced the venerable Beetle with
something called the Rabbit. This car was marketed as the Golf all over the
globe, but in the United States it was to be the Rabbit.
Unlike the rear-engined air-cooled Beetle it replaced, the
Rabbit was a front-wheel drive car with a water-cooled engine. Had VW gone
As we all know now, the Rabbit and its iterations were just
what VW needed. Its name was soon changed to Golf to reflect its
nomenclature around the world. It grew into the Jetta and spawned other
variations, but the hatchback Rabbit/Golf has remained pretty close to its
original roots for 30 years, much in the same way the original Beetle did.
Now, Volkswagen has gone into the renaming game again and has
renamed the Golf the Rabbit. With the name change comes a significant style
change as well. Oh, the Rabbit is still a hatchback four-door (the GTI is
the two-door coupe version), but it’s more aerodynamic and more
modern looking. It almost scares me to look at the original Rabbit and
compare it to the present version and see how far VW has come.
There’s been a significant change under the hood as well.
After years with four-cylinder engines, the Rabbit is now powered by an
inline five-cylinder that develops a healthy 150 horsepower. This
isn’t going to get you in trouble because it’s so overpowering,
but the engine is a nice match for the car. It’s akin to stuffing a
V8 into a compact sedan and then taking advantage of the bigger
engine’s torque to make driving more pleasurable, if not faster.
Our tester had a 5-speed manual transmission. I felt it was
best using only the first four, except on Interstate runs. With the four
gears, acceleration was good and there was no need to constantly shift down
from fifth whenever I needed a jolt of power.
Handling was good for a small hatchback. As a direct descendant
of the Beetle, one wouldn’t expect great handling. If you want more,
you can always get the GTI.
Creature amenities are abundant. My wife and I loved the heated
front seats, especially on long rides. In addition, the seats are
comfortable, with decent side support. Rear seat legroom is very good, but
the center hump is fairly large, so the Rabbit is really a four-seater,
even if it claims to be a five-seater. A nice feature is the low location
of the rear headrests in “normal” position that doesn’t
obstruct the driver’s rearward vision. When there are passengers
back there, they can raise the headrests to a more comfortable spot.
I was impressed with the trunk. It’s a fairly decent size
for a compact car, but the rear seatbacks fold to increase cargo capacity
to more than 40 cubic feet. There’s also a “pass through”
between the two rear seats, so that if you’re carrying skis or
fishing poles, you can use the pass through to carry them inside the car.
There’s a space safer spare tire with cargo boxes around
it for added storage.
Inside there are numerous storage compartments; a cubby at the
bottom of the center stack; an average glove box, a good-size center
console that held five CDs. The Rabbit has four cupholders, two located way
up front at the bottom of the center stack and two in the center. Also,
there are cup/bottle holders in the doors that are ideal for water bottles.
Our tester had the standard issue Volkswagen sunroof that has
its own quirky way of operating, but it works.
Under the hood, the oil dipstick is conveniently located right
in front, but the filler cap is in the center where you can spill oil on
the engine cover if you’re not careful. I liked the gas strut that
held the hood open.
The Volkswagen Rabbit doesn’t have the charm of the
original Beetle it replaced, but it is a far, far better car.