2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S 2.5L from North America
They don't make them like this anymore
Absolutely nothing! The only thing replaced to date was the headlights -- and proper maintenance of course.
One thing, passenger seat got stuck forward. A coin was wedged in there, but it's hard to fault VW for that one.
95% German per the sticker. Has the Tiptronic 6-Speed automatic and is a 2-door. No extras. Paid $18k new with 72 miles on it.
I cannot say enough good stuff about this car. I am still in awe that not a single bulb inside or out (except headlights) have burned out on this thing in 99,000 miles.
I like to rate cars in "Fun Factor" to Dollars. This one has a huge fun factor. It hauls a little stuff, a little butt, for little money. So you get a lot of thrills with some practicality for a decent price. Best car purchase I ever made hands-down.
Creature Features are:
ASR (Anti-Slip Rotation), ABS, air, cruise, tilt/telescope steering, "Type2" information center, CD/MP3 player, 10 speaker stereo (yes, that's 5 for each ear!), intermittent wipers, plenty of grab points for the passenger to hang on.
Fit and finish is as expected from Germans, precise.
Interior is robust but comfortable.
Noise level is a little high but quite tolerable, especially with 10 speakers to drown it out.
After 99k miles my interior is still looking quite good; some minor abrasions and minor staining near the top-back edge of the front windows (from having the window cracked open).
Overall the seats have not gone flat, and the fabric retains its tightness. Very nicely done!
Simple, sleek design. Paint still looks great after 99k miles, some bruises from encounters on the right-front, but no bad panels or electrical issues at or near the damage site. A few rock dings on hood, but no major rusting or issue.
The 2-door has the black trim pieces where the 4-door has body-colored trim pieces. Not sure why this is, but I prefer the black trim and 2-door, which retains a more sporty look.
I had a snow chain come off the right front that ended up cutting the brake line. Had it towed to the dealer, and $800 later it was fixed. On the way home the brake pedal sunk to the floor, brake fluid was bleeding out from the same area. I was able to make it home because I am smooth like that (and it was closer than the dealer and late at night). Dealer picked up the car at my home, fixed it, and even had it delivered back to me. Although a bad experience, the dealer did right in handling the issue. I also made a formal complaint toward the mechanic who released the car. I noticed upon return my car did have 20 more miles on it, so I know it was properly tested :)
With some BFG G-Force Super Sport tires, this car handles incredible in the wet or dry. Very stable at high speeds, great stability in excess of 100MPH, top speed (without limiter) is about 142MPH with said upgrades -- and remains surprisingly stable for a FWD car.
Pulled a best 1/4 mile in 15.87 seconds @ 89MPH at Pacific International Raceways in April 2009.
Average 22 MPG overall with a fairly heavy foot, about 70% city driving.
ECU flash (APR tuned $500) @ 22,000.
Cold air intake (Carbonio $200) @ 22,000.
JBL 12" subwoofer with amp ($800) @ 18,000.
Alloy wheels (VW dealer) : $800 @ 75,000.
"Kick a little Asphalt" license plate frame: $22.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 11th December, 2012
15th Dec 2012, 17:22
The do make cars like that... it's called the Golf (not City Golf either) and it came after 2010+. Just make sure it has the 2.5 inline 5 and you're set!
The only thing that changed was the name and styling. Aside from that it's just as German and just as reliable (possibly more fuel efficient though).