1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview

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2 Dr Base Convertible
2 Dr GL Hatchback
2 Dr GTI Hatchback
2 Dr L Hatchback
2 Dr LS Hatchback
2 Dr S Hatchback
4 Dr GL Hatchback
4 Dr L Hatchback
4 Dr LS Hatchback

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1983 Vw Rabbit Ls Custom by Zach
 — Performance- Awesome acceleration and good breaking ability,zippy and fun to drive. Also, very fuel effecient. Build-For it's age this car has a great build, only needing a few minor repairs and some... Read More
Vader by D D
 — When I pull up to nice Bimmers, they look, laugh and as they pull away they don't notice me right beside them. And as they try very hard sometimes to pull away and show me whats what, their smile t... Read More
Great Beginner Car by CJ2005
 — Well all in all my 1984 VW Rabbit is a reliable small car. It accelerates very well, good braking and handling. We get snow where I live and with the car being so light 2240lbs winter driving must be ... Read More

1983 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview

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1983 Volkswagen Rabbit

The Volkswagen Rabbit lineup was expanded again in 1983 with the addition of the sporty Rabbit GTI, which already had been on sale in Europe for several years. The soul of the GTI was its 1.8-liter, fuel-injected four-cylinder engine, which was rated at 90 horsepower. It came with a more aggressive five-speed transmission, a more tightly tuned suspension, Recaro sports seats, 14-inch wheels, and a revamped instrument panel. Reviewers and drivers alike praised the car for its power and handling, and it even landed on a 10 Best list.

The standard powerplant for the Rabbit was a four-cylinder, 1.7-liter single-overhead-cam gas engine that generated 74 horsepower. A 52-horsepower, 1.6-liter diesel engine was also available as an option.

The Rabbit came in both two-door and four-door hatchback versions. A Rabbit pickup and a Rabbit convertible were also available. 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.

The Rabbit, and particularly the GTI, received praise from drivers and reviwers alike for its handling, agility, and quickness. Drivers also noted the vehicle's comfort, fuel efficiency, and reliability.

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Volkswagen Rabbit Questions

Chuckmadd
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Turn On Key And Fan Comes On And Ignition Coil Clicks

I sprayed engine compartment out then a few days later hesitant start then start with a weird noise

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crispa
5

How Many 1983 Vw Rdx Convertibles Were Produced?

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83GutlessBunny
5

1983 Rabbit Convertible 1.7l Gas Fi

The engine is running very rough, with a pronounced putt-putt-puttsound, has no power at low speeds. On the hiway, it goes OK until you get to a hill. Plugs, wires, cap, rotor all new. Adjusted tim...

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Brenda Taylor
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Reverse Light Is Staying On

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