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1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview

The 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit was essentially a retread of the '81 version. The standard powerplant was a four-cylinder, 1.7-liter single-overhead-cam gas engine that generated 74 horsepower. Also available was an optional 1.6-liter diesel engine, which generated 52 horsepower.

Drivers could choose from a two-door or four-door hatchback, as well as a Rabbit pickup and a 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 generally were favorable in their comments about the Rabbit, with the vehicle's reliability, quickness, gas mileage, and durability often cited as positive points. Drivers also noted the Rabbit was fun to drive, which certainly was a large part of its appeal.

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