1981 Volkswagen Rabbit User Reviews

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Review Ratings

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Average Ratings from 11 reviews

  • Performance:2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars2.8 out of 5 stars 2.8 / 5
  • Appearance:3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars3.8 out of 5 stars 3.8 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Overall: 4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars4.2 out of 5 stars 4.2 / 5

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"fuel economy" 8 reviews
"ride" 8 reviews
"power" 5 reviews
"handling" 2 reviews
CONS
"power" 4 reviews

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John writes:
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good ole german engineerin

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slow as hell

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Fun To Drive Great On Fuel Mileage — love it its a 1.6 diesel that rolls coal. i get 63 mpg with the pump down and 42 with it now. i gettin ready to put a 33 ml turbo on it and lower it 2 in. its really fun to drive. this pic was taken at the walmart, in one of the shoppin kart corrals.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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roadtech writes:
1981 Volkswagen Rabbit 2 Dr Base Convertible Review
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2

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German made, rebuilt engine with 170,00 and all replacement parts were STD.

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hard to find interior and exterior parts

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Fun — I like to work on old cars and this has been a real challenge. It is fun to drive and gets good mileage, Plus its a convertible. Use it mostly to drive 30 miles each way for works. Fun car.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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David writes:
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Fun, Responsive, easy to keep running

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sOOW UP HILLS, AND KIND OF LOUD

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1981 Rabbit Turbo Diesel — 1981 Rabbit Turbo Deisel. Not much get up an go but it was a hoot to drive and easy to keep running! I always felt as if I was drving a big go-cart; everything was so iimediate. Unless it was a steep hILL THEN IT SEEMED TO TAKE MORE TIME :)

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George writes:
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Great ride, a true VW. Many of the electrical components didn't work, but who cares, engine performed excellent. I'm sure some Russian VW gurus fixed it and sold it for profit.

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Dunno, owned it very short time...

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Fahrvergnugen.... — Just like the German word says "driving pleasure". This VW Rabbit diesel was an awesome car, even though I didn't own it for long, it was very exciting driving it, may be because it wasn't allowed on the road for the time I owned it :-)... It was in the first few months I immigrated to Canada, when I purchased this car. It needed a new fuse panel and wiring harness. After estimating the cost for this repair I quickly decided to sell the car. So I went down to the harbor, found some Russian fishing boat and not long after we were loading the car aboard the ship, the main engineer bought it. For me it was quick $200 made and getting rid of some headache. We'' it was fun while it lasted...

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Garrett writes:
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Two-tone paint and three-tone interior

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No sound system...

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Fun Little First Car — The car is fun to drive just because it is so light, but once you get more than one person in there, you can feel the car slow up. Looks fantastic, gets great mileage, and performs pretty good for being rebuilt fully stock.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Samantha writes:
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If you love VWs, you have to love Rabbits

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Lack of acceleration

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Mk1 Love — I love my car. Great mileage, super fun, great VW community. Rabbits started the "hot hatch" car building...and are totally worth the time and energy to build, even as a 30 year old car! They're great for swapping and slamming. MK1s rock!

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Verna writes:
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Fun to drive!  Go Kart-Like Handling!  RallyX Setup!

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Ugly?  Quick but not fast...

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Rally Built Vw Rabbit... Driver Found! — Hmmm.... I've been a VW owner for most of my life; I think it's somehow gotten into my DNA. So while this car is not really everyone's cup of tea, this rally-setup vehicle brings me nothing but smiles!!! I swapped it over to a manual transmission and am running a custom suspension setup around Bilstein Off Road HD shocks. Custom springs and stich welded reinforcements through out unibody. This car isn't fast, but it handles rough surfaces with easy and is both forgiving and quite nimble through the turns.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Bob writes:
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reliable

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hard to find parts

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Get This Car — it was a small efficient, pickup, fun to drive great gas mileage, great handling, for the age was great. interior needed some work but looked good when it was in shape. didn't need very much maintenance. go get one of these cars

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Greg writes:
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Good on gas

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No acceleration

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It Was A Good Beater — It was good on gas. No acceleration. It got me around in the winter.

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Tyler writes:
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Fun! Great gas mileage (35 mpg), beautiful, stylish body.

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no hatch accessibility, no cup holders

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The Rabbit's Still Hopping — This is a great car. Its 74 hp engine feels as if it's got much more power. The German build quality is solid; after all these years, there are only minor squeaks. It's very fun to drive, especially with the radio on and top down. The Giugiaro styling catches your eye again and again. I recommend this car to anyone!

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