Volkswagen Rabbit Review from Germany

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit L 1.7 Fuel Injected

Year of manufacture1981
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.7 Fuel Injected Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired148000 kilometres
Most recent distance218000 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Rabbit


Great 'around town' car


Steering rack replacement.

All hoses in engine replaced.


Heater Core.

New tires.


Ignition switch, twice.

Muffler replaced.

Headlight had water in it, needed to be drilled to drain.

Roof leaks at roof locks. Heavy rain causes 2 inch pool on car floor.

Trunk leaks, water gets stored in the hatch, when opened, it spills out.

New paint, a bit of rust.

Had front quarter panels re-welded to body as they were unattached at the seam.

Rear window defrost, only 3 lines work.

Speedometer cable replaced, was ticking when driving.

Horn stopped working at 155,000.

Driver seat recline/decline knob broke, never replaced too expensive for what it's worth.

Turn signal assembly needed to be replaced.

General Comments:

For a 1981 vehicle, this car has a lot of pep.

The interior is in great shape, only one little rip in the driver seat.

Having really good rubber on the rims makes a huge difference.

Only 3 or 4 quarter sized rust patches.

Rear folding seat makes for more cargo space than you'd expect from a little convertible.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th November, 2002

Average review marks: 6.8 / 10, based on 1 review