What are things to look out for when looking at buying a 1985 VW Cabriolet?


Asked by Apr 05, 2013 at 08:59 PM about the 1985 Volkswagen Cabriolet Base

Question type: Shopping & Pricing

With 120,xxx miles on it, a new top, good interior and rust only around the fenders slightly, what would that value be on the average 85 VW Cabrio. Also, what should I check for?

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The car is close to thirty years old. There are going to be various problems. Check in at the VW forums and find out the quirks from the owners.

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In my neck of the woods (the salt belt) I would be looking for rusted major components like steering and suspension mounts, frame, gas tank,ffloor boards, etc. If you can test drive it have it pre arranged with someone with a hoist and look under neeth the car for such things. Could check the oil pressure and/or vacuum of the engine to give you a general condition of the engine. Sniff for burnt transmission oil. In general have a mechanic look things over for you.


The car turned out great! Thanks!

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