1980 VW Volkswagen Rabbit sedan

Price: US $510.00 Item location: Sun City, Arizona, United States
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Rabbit
  • Type: Hatchback
  • Trim: C
  • Year: 1980
  • Mileage: 350,000
  • Color: Tan
  • Engine size: 1600
  • Fuel: diesel
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: FWD
  • Interior color: Tan
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1980 Volkswagen Rabbit

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This Rabbit has been used for many years as a route delivery car for a newspaper route. It is not pretty but it is in good mechanical condition. I do not know the exact milage but from the miles I drove each day I have extimated that it had between 300,000 and 350,000 miles on it.
The engine was rebuilt about 5000 miles ago, for the third time. If you know diesels you will know that this is not uncommon. The engine is still was within factory specifications and did not need oversized rings. The engine is 1600cc as it was put in from a 1982 Rabbit. It does have one quirk that my mechanic has not been able to solve. When it is in 4th gear at about 41 mph it will gradually accelerate by itself to about 45 mph and stay there. It is not harmful, just annoying. I have replaced the fuel injector pump but that did not change anything.
It has air conditioning that was factory installed but it is not working. The transmission was changed from a 5 speed to a 4 speed and a shift kit was installed, makes for short fast shifts. 3 tires have good tread (one is the spare), 2 are not good. It has a full size new spare. It has 1.75 x 70R 13 tires instead of the usual 1.55 x 80R 15 tires and has custom wheels.
In the last rebuild it had new injectors, new glow plugs and a high pressure oil pump installed. It also has a new battery, and a recently rebuilt alternator. The tail light assembly on both sides was replaced a few years ago with new ones.
I have replaced the front seats and stearing wheel with used ones from a GTI. I have seat covers on them. The dashboard and tray have been sun damaged (this is Arizona). I put a dashmat on it right after I got it so it is not as bad as it could be. The back seat is from a 1979 Rabbit it is naugahide and in decent condition. The cover for the hatch is included but as one of the supports broke of it does not work any more. The hatch support needs to be replaced or use a prop.
There is no major rust damage. Floor pan is solid. No rust on the shock towers. It has some surface rust spots and a few minor dings. The roof liner is intact but has been repaired several times. I took the drivers door interior panel off a number of years ago when the window was having a problem staying on track, it is included.
The driver door latch needs to be adjusted. It works fine from inside but the outside handle sticks. All the doors and windows work. I have a couple of extra window cranks.
If you are looking for a 35 year old car in showroom condition this is not it. If you a looking for a car that will get you where you need to go regardless of the miles, this is what you need.
This is a fun car to drive but I am retired and don't need 3 cars.

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