1983 Volkswagen GTI Review

1983 Volkswagen GTI Rabbit GTi 1.8L from North America

Model year1983
Year of manufacture1983
First year of ownership2006
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.8L Manual
Distance when acquired170000 kilometres
Most recent distance210000 kilometres

Summary:

It's like a bunny rabbit, with spikey teeth

Faults:

Front and rear struts.

Exhaust fell off.

Front wheel bearings repeatedly.

Car required extra work due to previous owners neglect.

Blew up clutch.

Front brakes and master cylinder.

Rear backing plates damaged by "trained mechanics"

Sunroof leaked.

General Comments:

I have owned this car for several years, and through all the grief it has given me I would not get rid of it. My little German car has put the fun back into my daily commute. I look for the twisty roads to drive.

I have done lots of upgrades for a reasonable price, from motor and trans, to suspension and brakes.

If you are taller, buy some Recaro seats or seats from a Scirocco, you will be happy that you did.

The original motor and trans delivered 36mpg. The motor/trans combo now give 30mpg, but that's a small price to pay for the performance gains.

Best bang for the buck. I love this car. Good aftermarket support. People always asking about it.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 13th October, 2009