from a WRX to a Rabbit ..

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  1. captainwang

    captainwang New Member

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    I have a 04 WRB WRX with just over 31k. Originally when I bought it I thought i was gonna mod the hell out of it. then i moved to brooklyn and the car stayed mostly in jersey :hs:

    its a fun car for sure but I think I dont get the most out of it that I shouldve. so now im thinking of just getting something that would be cheaper all around to maintain (insurance, gas, etc) that I wouldnt be too stressed out about driving around in NYC.

    I'm really liking the rabbits (and for giggles the gti but I guess that would defeat the purpose of me doing all of this)

    thoughts? (obviously I know where the ops are gonna skew towards but TIA)
     
  2. mcents717

    mcents717 New Member

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    I love rabbits, very practical and fun to drive/have.

    Plus they just increased the hp to 170 so it is decently quick.
     
  3. art_VW_shark

    art_VW_shark OT Supporter

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    0-60 is 7.8, for the new MTs. decent.
     
  4. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    A Rabbit would make a good city car, yeah. But NYC has pretty good public transportation, and it sounds like you've been using the hell out of it, so why are you buying another car that will sit on the side of the road? Maybe you should get a bicycle or motorcycle instead.
     
  5. art_VW_shark

    art_VW_shark OT Supporter

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    well, he doesn't wanna be caged up in NYC, I am sure he leaves it once in a while. motorcycles aren't as all-weather friendly or practical
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    True, but the Northeast has a pretty good rail system. I went to school in NJ, and there weren't many places that you couldn't get to by rail.
     
  7. art_VW_shark

    art_VW_shark OT Supporter

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    eh. bit of a hassle to be tied down, no?
     
  8. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    I suppose. My mother lived in Manhattan for about 15 years, though, and she said she never once considered buying a car the whole time; there's just too little space and too much that can go wrong. But whatever, I'm sure the TS knows about all that by now.
     
  9. captainwang

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    oh yes, I use the hell out of the MTA

    heres the thing. I'm kinda lucky in the sense that I have on street parking where I live but its kind of a bitch. i figure id be less paranoid with a rabbit vs a wrx here in brooklyn, and its a bit smaller, so maybe a little easier to park. but yeah i like having a car just so i can get out when i want to. once you get out of the 5 boroughs, public transportation sucks. i use nj transit once in a while, but i avoid it when i can.. thanks for all the responses so far!
    i think im gonna take a closer look at this later this year...are rabbits in the tristate easy to come by for near invoice? i dont plan on getting any options on it..
     
  10. Sirius

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    keep in mind, a base rabbit is a 2 door. You may want to search around for a 1-2 year old used 4door if you really want to pinch pennies with this car.

    That said, I'm not sure how much you'd actually save having 2 extra doors, and if it would even be worth it after you pay for the options that the 4d would have.

    Are you considering Diesel?
     
  11. zmiller91

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    yeah, id try to find a tdi. you can use the shit out of the car and it wont break, plus the mpgs are crazy.
     
  12. dr.zed

    dr.zed DR.ZED OT Supporter

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    I will attest to this.

    My last two tanks of diesel were 1070 kms and 1050 kms. 53L.

    03 TDI M5.
     
  13. Sarge21

    Sarge21 Frau am Steuer Ungeheuer!

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    the interior in the GTI is head over heals better than that of the rabbit
     
  14. Sarge21

    Sarge21 Frau am Steuer Ungeheuer!

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    and i get 38mpg highway 27mpg combined in the gti :coold:
     
  15. art_VW_shark

    art_VW_shark OT Supporter

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    that;s not fucking bad at ALL.
    our cousins in texas have a 02/03 Passat 1.8T 5MT, and they've reported, on REAL highway driving (the mom does 80 miles a day commute some days), 35mpg.
     
  16. deusexaethera

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    They tend to go through turbos pretty often (compared to gas cars that need maybe one replacement in their lifetimes), so keep that in mind. Make sure you sock away a grand to buy a new turbo if/when it goes out.
     
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    rabbit>
     
  18. poweraid

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    I average 23ish mpg in mine lol. it all depends on how you drive it and how much city driving. but if you keep the rev's under 3000 it is just as gas efficient as a rabbit.

    I went from a wrx to a gti and never looked back. way more fun and practical.
     
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    surrender [ON MEDS]

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    My Rabbit is an outstanding little car, but I use it to commute 40 miles every day, so I'm in a completely different situation. Definitely go for an '08 model if you can, since they have 170HP instead of 150.
     
  20. captainwang

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    yeah..now im looking at the gti instead of the rabbit..38 mpg highway?? jeez. i dont even think on its best day my wrx even got 30 mpg
     
  21. BlkDrgnZ28

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    i know there usually pretty good but did you forget that the gas is the pedal on the right ... it should be on the floor often:naughty:
     
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    he probably goes 60mph on the freeway lol I get about 25mpg doing 75-80 (corrected)
     
  23. Sarge21

    Sarge21 Frau am Steuer Ungeheuer!

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    yeah, i get the 38 with the cruise set to 65. I got a 110mile/day round trip to work, that little bit adds up :rofl:
     
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    haha my commute to school is less than 10 miles so it's not really bad for me
     
  25. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    You could always move closer to your office. Saving gas by not driving as far adds up a lot faster than saving gas by getting better mileage.
     

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