1984 VW Rabbit Cabriolet TDI Wolfsburg Edition
Purchased date: 12/06/2000
Mileage: 231,987 Driven only 7,250 miles in last 20 years
Oil: [Most Recent 02/04/20] AmsOil 15w40 Diesel-Marine 4.5qts +EA034 @239,228
Additional top including hardware:
Assortment of parts:
? 5 speed Transmission @235,210
? New Tires 04/24/07 [4 Sumitomo HTR200 tires] @235,830
? New main crankshaft seal on engine @235,210
? New Meyers Clutch plate @235,210
? New Battery 01/23/20 @239,000
? Front Brakes @236,700
? Front Shocks @236,700
? Front shock struts @236,700
? New Raxle CV axles @235,210
? Oil pan Gasket @235,210
This car was purchased as a gift for my wife the year after we became married. It was purchased from a college co-ed who had just had the transmission replaced by a friend of her father. She was more interested in the stereo and subwoofer than the transmission. The transmission was a four-speed transmission and it just was not the right choice for this car. I have owned and maintained 6 other Volkswagens and two of them were Rabbit pick-up trucks with the same motor and transmission combination.
I replaced the four-speed transmission with a five-speed transmission which made this little car run like the sporty little puppy that she was supposed to be. I have done a little sewing on this convertible top which is in great shape but the top leaks in hard rain if it sits outside because the rubber seals at the top of the windows could be replaced. I have a replacement top with all of the supports and hardware to go with it when it sells. I have always kept it in a garage so that is not an issue but it is why I picked up the additional top.
This is 1.8-liter GTI Wolfsburg addition Cabriole! This car is heavier than other Rabbits and has a much stronger frame. The White Wolfsburg badge on the passenger side is lost, I am sorry I don’t know where it is. The white badge was only made from 1983-1987, after that they were black. I have a few boxes of spare parts that will also be included with the car, it may be in one of them. Otherwise; if I find it, I will send it to you.
This car was made in Germany not at the Wolfsburg plant but at the Karmann factory in Osnabruck, Germany. It came originally painted in “triple-white” paint with a white leather interior. This model has been nicknamed the “Cabby”. The interior is in decent physical condition but it needs some restoration and the material on the door panels needs to be replaced. The red paint needs to be replaced or returned to the original white.
I installed a new Meyers clutch disk with the transmission. This car does not leak fluids. (I hate a leaker) The tires are almost new and so is the battery. I have not used the air conditioner; it is a convertible for Pete’s sake. If you need the air conditioner it will take some professional attention. The only problem right now is that the fan for the heater is not coming on. I think that could just be the switch and I think that I have one that I picked up from the salvage yard.
That is about it! I had intended to repaint this car but I just don’t have time. This is a fun little car to drive and my wife says that she would rather see someone out driving and enjoying it rather than have it sit idle in the garage.