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Old 02-27-2015, 06:56 PM   #1
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Rabbit or Jetta

I'm thinking of buying an '08-'10 VW Rabbit or Jetta, with the 2.5L I5 and manual tranny. Why shouldn't I?
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Old 02-27-2015, 06:57 PM   #2
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Because the electrical problems will drive you batty.
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:14 PM   #3
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We have a '10 Jetta Wagon...hate to say it..love it more every time I get in it..nearing 60K now..zero issues..
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Old 02-27-2015, 07:16 PM   #4
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2.5 engine has almost no issues. Tranny should also be fine.

I put 50k on an 08 GTI with zero issues, and our 07 Passat wagon has almost 120k miles on it. Can't wait to buy a Golf Sportwagen when it comes out.

Good luck with mounting the baby seat.
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Old 02-27-2015, 08:10 PM   #5
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2.5 engine has almost no issues. Tranny should also be fine.

I put 50k on an 08 GTI with zero issues, and our 07 Passat wagon has almost 120k miles on it. Can't wait to buy a Golf Sportwagen when it comes out.

Good luck with mounting the baby seat.
Saw the Golf Wagon at auto show...
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Old 02-27-2015, 10:43 PM   #6
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Check out the owner reviews at Edmunds, on popular cars with lots of reviews you can get a good sense of what ownership is like....do recall that a few years ago VW's were notorious for serious and expensive electrical problems like multiple window motors at a few hundred each, etc. but don't know if that is still the case with newer models
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:26 AM   #7
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2.5 engine has almost no issues. Tranny should also be fine.

I put 50k on an 08 GTI with zero issues, and our 07 Passat wagon has almost 120k miles on it. Can't wait to buy a Golf Sportwagen when it comes out.

Good luck with mounting the baby seat.
The Subaru gets the baby seat. This one just needs room for hookers and blow.

The Sportswagen does look nice, as do the current TSI and GTI Golfs, but I don't think they'll let me have one for what I'm willing to pay.
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Old 02-28-2015, 04:27 AM   #8
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Check out the owner reviews at Edmunds, on popular cars with lots of reviews you can get a good sense of what ownership is like....do recall that a few years ago VW's were notorious for serious and expensive electrical problems like multiple window motors at a few hundred each, etc. but don't know if that is still the case with newer models
Yep, it seems well regarded, with a few cautionary tales, including electrical gremlins.
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Old 02-28-2015, 06:49 AM   #9
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The only thing I'll add: just like white cabrios, Jettas are girls' cars.



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Old 02-28-2015, 07:13 AM   #10
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My last rental car in Canada was a 2015 Jetta. Brand new. Having driven my aunts tdi, I didn't expect to be impressed with the gasser. I was. Very good torque and decent power too. Had some of the best butt burners I've ever encountered too
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Old 02-28-2015, 07:28 AM   #11
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The only thing I'll add: just like white cabrios, Jettas are girls' cars.



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I'm aware of this. Not sure I care though. I do prefer the hatch.
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Old 02-28-2015, 08:57 AM   #12
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I've owned a bunch and always loved the brand. I gotta say that they've come a long way. I'm currently loving my 2015 "Rabbit" GTI. Very quick and handles like a Porsche Boxtser. .

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Old 02-28-2015, 11:06 AM   #13
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2.5 engine has almost no issues.
"All the power of an inline 4, with the fuel mileage of a V-6!"
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:16 AM   #14
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"All the power of an inline 4, with the fuel mileage of a V-6!"


About right..

At 170hp it was the base engine for this generation..

If the OP can find one that was well maintained, it should be a decent beater..

Speaking to the reliability of the car itself...and not the 2.5L gas engine: My MK6 Jetta TDI was great.. after 140k the only non-scheduled repairs were two front wheel bearings (one on each side).. a couple tripple-square bolts and they drop right out as a whole assembly...nothing to press in..

It was a shockingly reliable car given all the whining on the innerwebs about them... but all the whining is why I sold it with only 140k on it before I started having real problems with it.. I must have sold it too early; I still get emails from the guy who drove 16 hours one way to pick it up about how happy he is with the car..
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Old 02-28-2015, 11:18 AM   #15
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CA Strom, have you owned other GTI's? How's the long term reliability, after +6 years old?
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