1977 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview


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Quirky But Fantastic by lizziewriter
 — This was my first car and it was peppy, durable and somewhat forgiving. I had the spiffy model with the "Get the Rabbit Habit" decals and the crank sunroof. Many of the more expensive cars I have ow... Read More
Fun Car by Jeanine
 — This was the car I learned to drive on and what I drove when i could get it, in high school. It was the "family" car. Bright orange, 4-door hatchback. 4 or 5 speed. O-60 in 11 seconds? Read More
First New Car Purchase - A Great Choice At The Time by Len
 — This was a fun little two door, four cylinder car with a five speed manual transmission and front wheel drive. Very economical to run, being one of the first economy cars in North America to also have... Read More

1977 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview

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1977 Volkswagen Rabbit

For the Rabbit's third year in production, Volkswagen added an optional 1.5-liter diesel engine, which was able to pump out just 48 horsepower. But while the diesel may have lacked in power, it made it up with exceptional gas mileage, nearing 50 miles per gallon on the highway and 40 mpg in the city. This was an important consideration for drivers at a time when gas prices were soaring in America.

The diesel joined the Rabbit's standard engine, a 71-horsepower four-cylinder engine installed sideways, so that it minimized the amount of space it required. And because the engine was mounted in the front, it provided additional traction for the front-wheel-drive vehicle. A four-speed manual transmission was standard in the Rabbit, while a four-speed automatic was available as an option.

The Rabbit was available as either a two-door or four-door hatchback. Standard equipment included padded sun visors, a rear window defogger, and specially designed front and back seats that improved support for the lower backs of passengers. Optional equipment included fog lamps, air conditioning, a passive restraint system, a racing-type steering wheel, and a European-style shift lever.

Drivers and reviewers noted that the Rabbit excelled in its handling and was a fun car to drive. But numerous quality issues were also reported by drivers, and regular maintenance was required to ensure the car performed properly.


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