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Volkswagen Rabbit: 1970s and

1970s Volkswagen Rabbit

The Escort and a bunch of GM vehicles all engineered and styled as copies of the . But the original Rabbit (Volkswagen in turn, was a copy of the Simca which the Omni/Horizon twins based on, so the latter — normally Rabbit clones — are more original.

The 1979 , in “E” form, got around 30 mpg it was new, and it got around 30 mpg after miles, too. Its top speed was 98 mph at that time with a (originally around 102), but it get to 50 very quickly, and overdrive could go faster.

With a stick, the Rabbit was unbelievably inside at speeds over 70, and at 90 and over. Fortunately, it rarely that fast. It was probably the reliable car I ever had, the warranty ended; but it spent of its first year in the shop. warranty, it only went a brake caliper and alternator.

particular Rabbit was one of the first in the US, using a factory in Pittsburgh that was built, but never by Chrysler. Quite a few owners say American VWs were better than German ones. Rabbits had square headlights, and made with a new process went wrong on mine: a weld came loose on, and the dealer claimed many nothing was wrong until it was back to the factory (this out to be a problem on many early Rabbits that was fixed a few months). The clutch also a very early death and was under warranty. Another of these Rabbits was a system required the use of shims to adjust the belts, not the smartest system in the considering the layout of the engine

I bought my Rabbit from my When it had almost, but not quite, 100,000 miles, it failed He had the valves adjusted, the engine and other things looked at, all to no With the calendar passing he sold it to me for a song in 1987. The thing I did was bring it to a foreign car He re-adjusted the valves, which did not but fixed the prior mechanic’s He cleaned the fuel injectors for the time, so they actually instead of dripped. Then he up.

I fixed this problem even though it was a multiple-port engine, and the most sophisticated newest) car I had ever had was a 1976 with a carbureted 318. It was a vacuum hose connector. At the VW they wanted about $5 for the but gave it to me in return for adding a fob to my keychain, next to the Plymouth


When I started to learn to a stick, it was on the Rabbit (which had its warranty-replaced clutch when at about 102,000 miles). My had learned on the same car. I had a of a time getting into because I couldn’t bring to press down the gas enough, and the would get launched into a cycle: it would lurch almost stall (lurch and inject extra fuel to the stall, thereby lurching This tended to stun me not pressing the gas harder, and it would until I took my foot off the or pressed it down harder. I figured out how much gas it needed shifting and life became My regular car was a Valiant V-8. and if you hit the gas as hard on that as you needed to on the you’d spin the rear

With 50,000 miles on the economy tires, the Rabbit easily outhandle my Camaro new tires and shocks). Admittedly, the had 100,000 miles by then, but the handling was exceptional on dry roads. Its was also excellent — in 1979, it had multiple-port electronic injection (combined with an ignition system!) that the Big did not have on its entry-level vehicles 1995, when the Neon the issue with its cheap 132 hp.

The was unpredictable on bumpy turns. Its handling would quickly into uncontrollable over- or with the addition of a few bumps or a puddle. This, and the lack of between “limit of adhesion” and “no explain the loss of so many to side-of-the-road ditches.

The Rabbit’s engine only produced something like 80 but the manual transmission and light (2,000 lb) made the best of it. also helped — 50 mph it was very responsive. After it accelerated more slowly and more noisily.

My particular had a clearcoat paint and showed no anywhere but on the bumpers in 1988, I sold it because I had gone to school in New York (my second of major car mistakes: selling the selling the Rabbit, buying the selling the Fury so I could buy the At this time, I could add the turbovan, and selling the Neon for the The engine was still oil tight, but had been a mysterious antifreeze for most of the car’s life we never did find.

The Rabbit was the Volkswagen produced in the United (at a plant which is no longer and it sold moderately well for a small car, averaging units per year. Square-headlight were American, round-headlamps imports; and amusingly the American were apparently made to higher quality standards the German imports.

George noted that “Dealer and car shops were sometimes dangerous to the car then learning how to fix it Most also had problems parts.”

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2006 and newer Rabbits

For 2006, Volkswagen dropped the ostentatious Jetta/Audi A4 clip and replaced it with a more modest, Rabbit-like reverting the name back to its American title. Available in two- and four-door versions, pricing starting at $14,990 for the two the Rabbit retained its old stiff for agile handling, gained a powerful base engine returned its original quickness and some the Rabbit‘s quite a bit of weight since the old largely due to the use of sound insulation and features, but also due to the larger and the need to be able to handle torque. Gone was the old 80-or-so four from the olden and the sadly outclassed 115 hp 2.0 liter of it from the last Golf; new was a 150 horsepower 2.5 liter engine 170 lb-ft of torque at 3,750 rpm Volkswagen was making less from its 2.5 than Chrysler got its old 2.4). 90% of the torque was available 1,750 to 5,125 rpm, owners had complained about of low-end power, especially on or with air conditioning on. Wheels a full two inches of diameter 15 inch wheels were They were quite a bit too. We have a review of the new GTI at acarplace.com

The suspension had also been with a multi-link rear and a new front axle. A standard steering system and optional Stabilization Program (ESP) with an optional six-speed with Tiptronic® and sport reinforced the idea that would remain at the forefront of technology, as they were they came with fuel injection (and in 1979.

The 2006 Rabbit was made in and remained in essence a rebadged Safety was approached via driver and passenger front and side airbags, side curtain rear passenger side airbags (four door and active front head The Rabbit included numerous features unheard of in “real” such as a six-way manually driver’s seat and a four-way adjustable front passenger Both feature adjustable support and heated seats in the version. The front passenger in the four door folded and in the two-door model, the front moved forward for easy to the rear seating area. The split folding rear added to the convenience of the cargo which boasted an impressive 15 feet of very-usable space.

A manual transmission came Length was 165.8 inches in width, 69.3 inches; 58.2 inches in height. was a respectable 41.2 inches.

that Volkswagen had been the bottom of quality surveys along with Land and Mercedes, the warranty was a high with a fairly unique year, 50,000 mile full-vehicle warranty. The drivetrain was for another year (5/60) of and there was a 12-year rust-through

The Rabbit conflicted with current persona of Germans are better than you filthy Americans” arrogance [editor’s the annoying commercials with a bad-mouthing American cars from the air in mid-2007]. Rabbit seemed fun and sporty, but in a light-hearted The Rabbit was first and foremost the economy car you could get; that, by the way, it handled very well, and the GTI had decent acceleration. The Rabbit came a time before Volkswagen was to be the front-drive BMW. The early-1980s was “It’ll feel better in a (The tagline was accompanied by a ahead” sign, and it was true.)

Sometimes I wonder about the new Its flowing curves must be for slipping through the air, but make it somewhat odd-looking, better than the Jettas and Audis, with their chrome grilles. Mainly, the Rabbits don’t seem to be as, rabbity as the old, lighter The new Rabbits weren’t that quicker, but they required cylinders rather than to push around all their and gas mileage was poor for the size of the The new rear suspension gave it a ride, but at the expense of some of the fun and considerable weight and cost. the old, tossable, economical, fun of yesteryear?

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