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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-20-2008, 09:30 AM Thread Starter
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1984 Volkswagen Rabbit??

Hey guys, there's a small (2-3 cars) car dealer near my office in Syracuse, NY. They have a 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit Convertible, with 110,000 miles on it. They re-painted it, so I'm assuming there was rust. They want 1500 or b/o. I thought it may be a good beater to drive to and from work (3 miles each way).

I know virtually nothing about cars. Part of me is thinking this may be a good way to learn, trial by fire! Anyways, does anyone have any experience, or knowledge about these cars, or any advice. I know you get what you pay for. I don't have much more disposable income than that...

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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-23-2008, 02:44 PM
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Re: 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit??

Solid cars, take a friend to look with you, mileage isn't usually a problem with those. I had the '90 GTi version and loved it. Old school looks cannot be beaten.
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post #3 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 08:34 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the advice! It is a sweet looking car! If I get it, I'll post some pics...
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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-24-2008, 09:06 AM
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Re: 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit??

If you buy it, make sure to keep up on the timing belt maintenance. Many VW's had interference fitting between the valves and pistons. If the timing belt broke the pistons will smack the open valves and bend them, resulting in some costly repairs.

This happened to my wife's Passat. The cost to get the valves fixed bya machine shop was about $700 and I did the removal and replacement labor. If you have a shop do everything, it would probably cost at least $1500.
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