2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your 2008 Volkswagen Rabbit

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Problems

No Start after Refueling and Popping Noise from Trunk

Popping sounds from the rear of the vehicle may be heard moments after starting the engine, or when slowing to a stop. This noise is from the leak detection pump filling the fuel tank with air, and releasing to retest the system when it finds a fault. The sequence of faults identifying this issue are as follows:

  • Succession of loud pops from rear of vehicle
  • Pops go away, and fuel economy decreases 
  • Check engine light illuminates
  • OBD trouble code P2404 and/or P0441 is stored
  • Engine will not start after refueling (must crank for over 30 seconds)
  • Vibration when slowing to a stop

The cause is a valve which is mounted on the front of the intake manifold, commonly called the N80 valve, or EVAP system purge valve. The valve is designed to open under specific circumstances, but a worn valve will remain open at all times, preventing the pressurization of the fuel tank. 

Correction of the issue is to replace the N80 valve with the latest revision. 

faulty driver side door switch

driver side door switch began unlocking and locking by itself once the driver's door is open.
drivers door could not be reliable shut with the key in the car, as the door may or may not lock
itself. demontrond vw in houston texas denied complain and never addressed issue for the 3 year term
of the lease. avoid this dealership at all costs.

Odor from HVAC vents

Condensation may develop in the heater case which can cause a musty odor from the heating, ventilation and AC (HVAC) system.  Our technicians tell us the drain system should be checked for debris. In addition, a cleaner is available for the heater case.

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Questions

there's no indicators I check fuses are ok (1 answer)

what is the average charge/cost to have your engine light cause to go on? (1 answer)

i took my car to have it checked because my engine light went on..on the way to the dealership the light went off but i still wanted to have it checked out..how much should it cost to have it checked by the dealer...average cost???

what is the average charge/cost to have your engine light cause to go on? (1 answer)

i took my car to have it checked because my engine light went on..on the way to the dealership the light went off but i still wanted to have it checked out..how much should it cost to have it checked by the dealer...average cost???

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2008 Volkswagen Rabbit Recalls

Volkswagen Recalls Certain 2006–2010 Models Due to a Possible Fuel Leak

Volkswagen is recalling certain 2007–2009 Jetta, Jetta Sportwagon, Golf, and Rabbit, as well as 2006–2010 Beetle and Beetle Convertible vehicles equipped with a 2.5L gasoline engine due to a possibly damaged fuel supply line. Under hood fasteners may chafe against the fuel supply line, resulting in a fuel leak. Fuel leakage, in the presence of an ignition source, could result in a fire. Dealers will perform vehicle-appropriate inspections and repairs in order to protect the fuel supply line from chafing damage.

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