02/23/2012 - 10:02:40 PM
Regarding my earler post, yes Herndon Virginia, VW sold Rabbit diesels in States (late 1970s through the early 1980s). VW of America reintroduced the Rabbit nameplate, for 2006/07 (fifth gen Golf). No diesel option on that car.
02/23/2012 - 09:54:10 PM
Thanks for your comments.
Since 2007, U.S.-bound Rabbits/Golfs csme/come from Germany.
Consumer Reports actually recommends the fifth and sixth generation Rabbit/Golf. The I-5 engine version has 45% fewer problems than the average car.
VW of American didn't offer a Rabbit diesel. However,the Golf TDI arrived with the sixth-gen car (2010 or so). So far, these have average reliability.
VW's latest clean diesel is a complex mill.
So, I think your take on the Rabbit/Golf focuses on the fourth-generation car. Those indeed were imported from countries south of the U.S., not always Mexico though.
CR says this Golf, as a line, has a lower than average reliability record.