1982 Volkswagen Rabbit Overview


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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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Sunroof Installation

Hi, I want to install a sunroof in my 1982 Volkswagen Rabbit L 1.7L. I was wondering where could I find parts to do that, services, etc. I'd prefer it to be crank. Would one from a beetle, etc. Woul...

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It seems the alternator pulley being at slight off set angle compared to the strait alignment of the other pulleys would wear out the alternator bearing or belt faster then normal . My son says its ...



Have an 82 VW Rabbit 1.6 diesel 4 speed. Was wondering if there was a different motor possibly with a turbo that would bolt up fairly easy.

1982 Vw Rabbit, Replaced Fuel Pump And Relined Up Cam Timing Marks And Cann...

I put a 1.8l vw motor in my 82 rabbit, previously had a 1.7. I drove on it for 2 days then the fuel pump went out on a hot day so i replaced it then messed with the timing and just cannot get it to ...

I Have An 82 Rabbit And Its Running Very Rich And I Have No Idea On Where T...

Also can having a higher amp alternator and higher cca battery harm anything?