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1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview

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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Vw Diesel Rabbit Issues

Hard to start when cold.

Water Leak

Water leaks through cab vents behind seats.Window is sealed,where is it comeing from? Its my 1981 rabbit pick up.

Clutch And Brake Petal Pivot Pin Keeper,is It A C Clip

the pivot pin for the clutch and brake petal came loose and the clutch petal fell on the floors got it put back but i don't know what keeps the pivot pin in place. is there a C clip that goes on the...

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...

How Much Does It Weigh

could you tell me how much a volkswagon rabbit from the year 1981 would weigh?