Having a German car shop in California for 20 years and a hoard of children
I need a source of safe inexpensive cars, not only for the kids but for me
too. Operating a body shop also influenced what I believed were the
strongest safest cars. The VW Rabbit/Golf proved to be structurally safe
and extremely reliable and inexpensive to operate. From the Diesel power
cars that got incredible fuel milage, to the great performance and handling
of the Scirocco and the GTI and the style of the Cabriolet and Jetta, the
perfect sporty family car of the time. All of the first generation cars
proved their worth in safety, longevity and in racing. I cannot remember
when we did not have at least half dozen we owned. we still kept them
around when we graduated the kids to Audis, Porsches and Mercedes. I even
campaigned a Jetta in NASA racing, the ultimate rain car and I did
extremely well with it in the 1/2 mile oval at Altamont. The durability of
these cars is legendary, our 1978 Scirocco S was our first and we kept it
until 1994 when sold it to one of my techs when it had 280,000 miles in
1997. when I last spoke to him in 2004 the car was at 480,000 miles. The
1.6 liter engine was still going strong..
Practical Motorhome Doubleback VW Camper review
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Practical Motorhome's Jeremiah Mahadevan runs the rule over the stunning,
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vw rabbit turbo diesel autocross race
first time out racing the diesel rabbit, 2 days after buying it, on one
hour of sleep after spending 36hrs straight preparing it for this race. It
was a high-adrenaline environment, and I was wearing steel toe boots!
Managed to beat an integra, a talon AWD turbo, a lotus elise turbo, a bigblock corvette and a rotary powered mg
before getting eliminated. what fun!
2006 Volkswagen Rabbit 2.5L Start up & Rev -158K (Busted Rabbit)
One huge annoyance with VW is the fact that you can not change the
transmission fluid yourself or in any typical lube shop. It uses a special
lifetime fluid which VW touts doesn't ever have to be changed. I call it
bullshit as no fluid will ever be the same nor will it be as effective
after it has aged or gone through a certain amount of milage. But yeah the
regular 6AT used in many VW models has been very troublesome with the Valve
body in the transmission. If you must have a VW, do yourself a favor &
make sure it's a VW model thats under warranty along with it having a DSG
Auto or manual gearbox!!
2008 Volkswagen Rabbit S Manual Walkaround, Exhaust, Review, Test Drive
Another high quality compact commuter car from VW, they definitely went in
the right direction with the 2010+ Generation 6 models.
"With a polished interior, comfortable ride, solid German engineering and
more power this year, the 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit remains one of the top
picks in the economy hatchback class. You pay for what you get, however."
VW Golf Mk 7 Production, Wolfsburg plant, 2013
Footage of VW Golf production at the Wolfsburg plant.
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