Auction Watch: 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

Check out this 1983 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI here on eBay bidding for $6,969 with auction ending Sunday at 6:53PM PST.

 From eBay listing:

Item specifics

Seller Notes:Excellent condition with few imperfections
Year:1983VIN (Vehicle Identification Number):1VWDC0175DV012851
Mileage:63,361Number of Cylinders:4


Body Type:Hatchback
Engine:1.8LWarranty:Vehicle does NOT have an existing warranty
Drive Type:FWDVehicle Title:Clear
Options:Cassette PlayerSub Model:GTI
Fuel Type:GasolineExterior Color:Silver
For Sale By:Private SellerInterior Color:Blue
Disability Equipped:No

 This is my Volkswagen 1983 Rabbit MK1 GTI which I am very sadly parting with due to changes in my life.  It is all original with no modifications or restorations.  It is one of the very few MK1 GTI’s still around in excellent  condition.  ONLY 63,361 actual miles  It was manufactured in November of 1982, which makes it one of the first of the first generation of US made GTI’s.

original owner was a 73 year old gentleman bachelor who treated it like
his only child.  I bought it 7 years ago when I was 48, so both
owners/drivers were middle aged non-smokers who never raced or
hot-rodded it.  It has been covered and garaged all its life when not in
use. It’s been a very pampered car.  The body is approximately 99% rust
free. I have the original sales receipt, many of the service records, 2
sets of keys, owners manual, Haynes repair book, part of a can of
original paint for touch-up. (see pic below)

It has:

 *  5 speed manual transmission

 *  1.8L engine 4 cyl.

 *  optional upgraded factory original VW AM/FM cassette radio

 *  Oil has been changed religiously every 3K miles

 *  Had new brakes a year ago, new brake hoses this year

 * New CV boots, joints, axle last year

 * Been totally checked out by VW mechanic

 * All hoses/vacuum hoses checked for leaks by VW mechanic “Pristine” (Air Cooled Engines Plus, Tiffin OH)

 * New exhaust

 * New Bosch injectors

 * New Bosch/Audi fuel filter

 * New Bosch plug wires/ distributor cap

 * No A/C or sunroof

 * Tires have 12K miles on them

 * No cracks on dashboard (see pic below)

 * No rips, tears, fading, or worn spots in the upholstery

 * Original Rabbit floor mats

 * All heater/defrost/blinkers/lights/vents work

 * The steering is still tight and very responsive.  It’s a real joy to drive

 * Never been in an accident of any kind

The headliner, which comes detached with age, was very tastefully
tacked up with matching blue button pins by the original owner (see pic

 * Has the shift-up light, which still works. (only available in the first half of ’83)

 * Was rust proofed at time of purchase

A year ago, I put a coating of Rust Bullet on area below bottom trim
pieces on both sides, under plastic wheel well covers, and in bottom of
back parallel to tailpipe to take care of a couple surface rust spots
and to protect it from       further rust in those vulnerable areas. 
(It has been driven in winter by both owners sparingly and only when

  * Undercarriage is in very good condition, but does has some rust.  Nothing serious.

Imperfections – There are a few grease stains on carpet on passenger side. There when I bought it (see pic below)

 – Plastic trim piece from dash to ceiling on passenger side cracked and repaired (see pic below)

 – Vent handle on passenger side present but broken on inside. 

 – Black rope trim around passenger door unglued at lower left corner (see pic below)

 – Small hole in cloth side liner in hatch area on driver side (see pic below)

 – Crack in plastic trim piece beside VIN number beside windshield

Passenger side view mirror no longer adjustable from inside.  Cable
inside door is broken.  Tucked up with black Plasticine;  manually
adjusted.  I do have another mirror assembly from a junk yard if the new
owner wants it.

 – Two small surface rust spots under logos on back hatch (see pics below)

 – Mechanically:

 * Cold starts are very reliable. 

Hot starts in warm weather tend to idle low and need a little extra gas
for a few seconds to smooth out. Mechanic says it’s a typical CIS
issue. Owner’s manual says this could be a symptom of ethanol in the

 – Depending on what kind of gasoline is being used, it has a
tendency to jump/surge for about the first 5-10 miles before smoothing
out. After smoothing out, it runs flawlessly.  E0 (non-ethanol) makes it
jump less.  I use Shell super premium (93) when I can’t get E0. (next
to impossible in Ohio)   The mechanic thinks this intermittent surging
is most likely from something sticking in the fuel Accumulator and
should probably be replaced sometime in the future

Overall, this
is an awesome car and I think the new owner will be quite happy with
it.  I have really enjoyed having it and will miss it.  Good luck to
everyone! Click here for walk-around and start up