Vintage R&T Review: 1975 VW Rabbit 36,000 Mile Long-Term Test Update – Serious Teething Pains

(first posted 7/2/2018)       To say that the all-new VW Rabbit (Golf Mk1) arrived half-baked is stating the obvious. After building essentially the same cars for some 30 years, retooling for a totally new car, in which none of the parts interchanged, and which was optimized for lightweight and different parameters, VW was essentially starting over from scratch. And it really flubbed it. The initial ’75s had numerous issues, some of which required serious work-arounds, as is detailed in this chapter of R&T’s long term test, which went on to 48,000 miles. Stay tuned.