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1980 Volkswagen RabbitReview
md203 writes:
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Gave It Away — Through no fault of its own, the front was backed into, bent steel front engine mount enough for timing belt to run slightly off-center. Lost belt, bent valves, took apart, new valves, re-sized pistons (100,000 miles) . Took to road, up to 55, lots of smoke, started acceleration running on its own and had to apply brakes to slow it down. Probably pulling oil from breather. Loaned car to guy with instruction not to over 55, he did but belt came off and bent valves. I towed it 20 miles home and gave it to some neighbor kids.

Pros: Excellent Mileage from the diesel. Cargo capacity remarkable....carried a 50" Sony rear projection TV in it plus luggage and video equipment (1981) Drove 1000+ miles down Baja and across Mexico for less than $5 U.S. (1981)

Cons: Small electrical problems but big problem with starter solenoids... $65 "back then" and I went through several. Finally carried a screwdriver and just opened hood and shorted to start. Alternator vibrated until mount was reamed out...required installing a sleeve due to huge price of motorolla replacement.

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1980 Volkswagen Rabbit Review
GuruVXKG9 says:
vs2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited Sedan FWD
1980 Volkswagen Rabbit winning categories:
  • Power
  • Handling
  • Looks/Style
  • Front Seats
  • Back Seats
  • Cargo Capacity
  • Family Car
  • Value
  • Would Buy
Looks/Style Ranked 2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited Sedan FWD better.
"Newer make."
Front Seats Ranked 2015 Hyundai Elantra Limited Sedan FWD worse.
"More head room."

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