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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 5:55 pm    Post subject: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

Our neighbour has a rabbit convertible for sale, hasn't run for a few years.
Stored indoors for the last 15 years (possible longer with POs), really nice condition. Seriously considering it for a summer daily driver. Gas engine, manual tranny.

Just looking for any good, bad or ugly info on these. Thanks! Very Happy
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 01, 2017 7:49 pm    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

Lots of NLA fuel system parts that don't like extended periods of inactivity. Leave the top up or down, it's likely to fall apart if you start exercising it if it's original.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 2:00 pm    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

PopTopDreamer wrote:
hasn't run for a few years.


That's a problem, but not a deal-breaker. K-Jetronic doesn't like sitting, so you'll need to perform some fuel system work. How much work depends on how varnished the system is.

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Just looking for any good, bad or ugly info on these. Thanks! Very Happy


Everything you want to know is here: http://www.cabby-info.com . But specifically, you'll want to visit: http://museum.cabby-info.com/buying.htm .

If you want my opinions on this specific car, feel free to send an email: http://www.cabby-info.com/contact.htm . Smile
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:17 pm    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

Thanks for the links, I'll check them out!!
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 02, 2017 7:29 pm    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

Pictures also help.. but they are very easy to work on.. lots of parts around ..
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PostPosted: Fri Aug 11, 2017 8:06 pm    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

I have heard that some of the top seals/weatherstrips for the convertible are hard to source.

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PostPosted: Sun Aug 13, 2017 8:27 am    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

I love mine have had since Sept 98 very few issues here's another good source of info http://www.toplessrabbit.com/
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 08, 2017 3:33 pm    Post subject: Re: To buy or not to buy...early 80s rabbit convertible Reply with quote

Just popping in to update, had it towed to our realiable garage (keeps our westy running!), it checked out pretty well so we bought it! Has had the fuel system totally redone and needs a few minor-ish things. Look forward to cruising around with the top down next summer!! Very Happy
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