Volkswagen has long lived a life of success in the world of cars. Since the earliest days of automobiles, Volkswagen has become a part of it. Several other models came under the Volkswagen nameplate and one of which is the Volkswagen Beetle. For such a long time Volkswagen Beetle has ruled the streets. Such vehicles contain the major points of a distinctive shape, reliability of the performance parts, and the very reputable name of being a Volkswagen.
Most car users would definitely agree that the brand name of any car matters a lot. And furthermore, the choice of a vehicle for purchase is definitely a matter of choice. This German auto manufacturer has maintained the coming of cars under its production mainly for the reason of keeping up with the growing competition in line of cars that the world has ever offered.
The then Volkswagen Beetle developed such a famed reputation and has been a winner by landslide amongst its other competitors. However, no matter how good a vehicle model is, there comes the permanent role played upon by change. The entry of the cheap Japanese econoboxes on which the buying public quickly started getting hooked into threatened Volkswagen. This event caused an alarming downfall of the sales of the Beetle so the firm had to eventually look for an alternative to save the company from a grave doom.
As a response of Volkswagen to the then becoming famous cars in line, the Volkswagen Rabbit came into being. The Volkswagen Rabbit parts were molded to be perfect for every endeavor that the driver ventures into. Among the nicest attributes of the Rabbit is its having a water-cooled, front transverse-engine and front-wheel drive design. Likewise, Volkswagen Rabbit and its parts created a great wave with regards to the small car design and escalated the sales it had.
After nine years of innovations and improvements, Volkswagen paved the way for the entry of the Volkswagen Golf, which up to this day goes on with its production.
How to Prolong your Volkswagen Rabbit’s Life
The Volkswagen Rabbit is the successor to the much beloved Volkswagen Beetle. It was launched in 1974 spanning seven generation models in different body configurations. Sometimes it is also known as the Volkswagen Golf. The Rabbit has received numerous accolades such as the World Car of the Year in 2009 and consistent inclusion the Car and Driver annual Best 10 List. It runs with an inline-5 engine and features the characteristic Volkswagen boxy and hatchback structure, which proves to be functional and efficient in space. The Rabbit initially included a 150-horsepower engine, but was upgraded to 170 horsepower in 2008. The power is modest but still, The Rabbit is commended for being steady and easy to drive.
Here is how to keep your Rabbit hopping more miles:
- Change oils and filters at regular intervals.
While no harm can be done in changing your oil as often as you like, it may actually not be as necessary and can only result in a waste of time and money. For a Volkswagen, the recommended oil change schedule is usually at 15,000 km or 1 year. Having an annual oil chance is a must if you aim to keep your Rabbit for years to come. For the filters, it is best to change them every 24,000 miles or every 2 years. It is also good to get the mechanic's assistance in doing this since the system is pressurized and much care needs to be undertaken when crimping fuel lines.
- Replace your power steering fluid.
When you take your Rabbit for the annual oil change, also have the power steering fluid checked. The Power steering fluid is responsible for lubricating the system and making steering easier. The inspection is done by observing the reservoir or the dipstick inside it.
- Check your belts for warning signs of damage
Just like in an operating engine bay, rubber belts can wear out and thin through continued usage. Have your timing and accessory drive belt inspected every 25,000 miles. It is recommended that you also replace them every 50,000 miles to ensure proper function as these rubbers loop around various pulleys and has a huge role in making everything work together, from the alternator to the a/c compressor.
- Keep the battery terminals clean.
Cleanbattery terminals ensure efficient and unobstructed passing of energy around the terminal system. Remove the terminal caps then clean them using a wire brush. Do the same to the contact post. Keep in mind to disconnect the battery first when you do this.
- Take care of the spark plugs.
Spark plugs ignite the fuel vapor, thus they have a huge importance in running your engine and must always be checked if they are clean and properly working. A neglected spark plug may even be the cause of chronic problems in starting your engine. To clean spark plugs, remove them one at a time using a ratchet wrench with a spark plug socket. Then, brush off any visible dirt using a clean, non abrasive cloth. You can clean the firing end using a brake carburetor cleaner or mineral cleaner.
The Volkswagen Rabbit’s Hop to the Top
When Japanese automakers were swamping the market with small, economical cars back in the 70s, Volkswagen was amongst those who felt the most pressure. With the dwindling sales of the Volkswagen Beetle, the introduction of the Volkswagen Rabbit marked the timely reentry of the German automaker among the top vehicle choices. Small, fuel-efficient, spacious, and inexpensive, the Volkswagen Rabbit easily captured the hearts of many. Eventually, the Volkswagen Rabbit grew to occupy a spot at the top as the world’s third best-selling car model and Volkswagen’s top-selling model overall.
1974-1985: A runaway hit
Although the Volkswagen Rabbit shared its history with the model’s other nameplates such as the longer-lasting Golf name and the Mexican Caribe, many Americans still hold a torch for the Rabbit marque. Made as a response to the fast-rising Japanese econoboxes, the first generation Volkswagen Rabbits boasted of a sturdy construction, excellent fuel efficiency, and a very attractive price tag. These features got the Rabbit a warm response from the get-go, but it really solidified its presence among America’s top cars when the oil crisis hit in 1979. With its spacious cabin and unparalleled mileage, the Rabbit was a runaway hit amongst the various family cars of the time.
The first generation Rabbit was a hatchback that featured a front-wheel drive design and water-cooled four-cylinder engine. The success of the Rabbit also led to the Rabbit or Golf GTI hot hatch and the Rabbit Convertible or Golf Cabriolet.
1985-2003: Living under the Golf name
In 1983, the second generation Rabbit was introduced with a larger wheelbase, interior, and exterior dimensions. However, 1985 came with sad news for the Rabbit nameplate: only the Golf name would be retained for the succeeding releases. But although the Rabbit marque was abandoned for a while, the model continued to be one of the most successful cars of the time.
Gaining various upgrades both in size and performance, the Golf continued to up the ante in its next generations. It received a Syncro four-wheel drive system and ABS braking for the second generation as well as a Turbocharged Direct Injection engine and 2.8L VR6 engine for the third generation. Apart from vehicle upgrades, it also cemented its top position through several awards and recognitions. After being a runner-up for several years for the European Car of the Year Award, the Volkswagen Rabbit or Golf finally received the top spot in 1992 beating PSA’s ZX and GM’s Astra in the process.
2003-2008: The Rabbit name returns
The drop in sales for the Volkswagen Golf in its fifth generation marked the revival of the well-loved Rabbit nameplate in 2006. Proving its charm once again, the Rabbit was well-received when it was reintroduced as a two-door or four-door hatchback equipped with a 2.5L inline-5 engine that featured 150-170 horsepower. Although it was offered in a single trim level, the new Rabbit offered lots of perks such as heated seats, a classy cabin trim, and a very comfortable ride and handling experience.
Sadly, Volkswagen once again discontinued the Rabbit nameplate for the model’s sixth generation. But even though it enjoyed a very short-lived reappearance in the market, the Rabbit’s legacy makes it one of the very worthy used car choices around.