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Average User Score
4.2 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 11 reviews
1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 11 reviews
For 1981, the Volkswagen Rabbit received a boost in power, for both its gas and its diesel engines. The Rabbit's standard powerplant was a new four cylinder, 1.7-liter single-overhead-cam gas engine that generated 74 horsepower, up from 71 hp the previous year. A new 1.6-liter diesel engine, which was available as an option, generated 52 horsepower, up from 48 hp.
The Rabbit's exterior also received some minor restyling, with the addition of wrap-around turn signals added to the Rabbit's square front headlights. The taillights were redesigned as well.
As in previous years, the Rabbit was available as either a two-door or four-door hatchback, with a number of trim packages available, including the Rabbit L, the Rabbit LX pickup, and the Rabbit convertible. MacPherson struts, large disc brakes, rack and pinion steering, four-wheel independent suspension, and energy-absorbing bumpers were all standard equipment. Other standard features and options included an AM/FM radio, color-coordinated interiors, reclining front seats, a rear window defogger, a wood-grained dash, and air conditioning.
Drivers were generally very positive in their reviews of the 1981 Rabbit, with many praising the Rabbit's reliability, quickness, gas mileage, and durability. Some noted that their Rabbits were still running even though the odometers were showing several hundred thousand miles.
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Volkswagen Rabbit Questions
What Is Causing My Car To Shut Off When I'm Driving?
My 81 VW Rabbit will start and run all day but when I drive it, it only drives for about half hour and then shuts off. And then when I tow it back home it will start right up but then only drives fo...
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Interior Parts For 1981 Vw Rabbit
I just bought a 1981 Rabbit diesel, I would like to restore but I have minimum budget. Does anyone have any idea where can I get interior parts for my rabbit? Thanks
Testing Of The Alternator For 1981rabbit,procedure
I AM LOOKING FOR THE ALTERNATOR TESTING PROCEDURE ON A 1981 RABBIT 4-CYL.GAS,106CID.(OUTPUT TESTING)
How Much Does It Weigh
could you tell me how much a volkswagon rabbit from the year 1981 would weigh?