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1981 Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 from North America

pump needs rebuilding fuel.

General Comments:

the car for 550 dollars. Fuel pump rebuilding, but with fuel rising, I think it is worth

1981 Volkswagen Jetta 1.6 N/A diesel from North

Great little fuel-sipper. if you can a nice one

When I bought car, I paid $250 for it. It was one step away from the yard! The interior was a mess, one of the had a big dent in it, and nearly nothing The car would not start. The previous was using it as a commuter car. A hose went bad, and he it on the freeway. He thought he had ruined the

Diesels (especially the little VW need to get REALLY hot and stay hot for a long time before any engine damage is done. out all the car needed to run/drive was a starter. A of mine is a serious A1 (the water-cooled models, like VW guy, and he had a starter. We put the starter in and it right up!

As I said, the car needed a LOT of work so I had to a lot of parts. I was fortunate enough to a low-mileage gas-powered #039;82 with a blown motor. I it for parts for my diesel. Same and everything! So I replaced the damaged and a few other body panels for reasons. Also cannibalized the #039;82 were the carpet, dash parts, seats, and other miscellaneous items. Got the car pretty decent.

These are well-made little cars early Jettas are made in West Germany), but remember the one you will find of this (#039;80-#039;84 here in the States) be 23 years old. In addition to the items, I tried to catch up on a lot of the that had been left over the years, including:

Timing belt.

Cam, main, and intermediate shaft


Valve adjust.

Passenger motor mount (these are a to change)

Windshield and gasket.

Rebuilt the shifter.

Repaired the (ask me how?)

Overall, I do not have more than into the car, but I was able to do all the myself.

West Germany Volkswagen jetta 1981

General Comments:

little car has three really things going for it. simplicity, and INSANE MPG. The mileage I get this car is just ridiculous. I get a 46 MPG in town! With only 52 this car is not going to win any races. But I get nearly 500 miles on a 10.5 tank. I haven#039;t taken it on the but I know this car has a very 5th gear. I have been by most who own one of these to expect MPG on the road!

But these cars do have common quirks. The windshields to leak, right above the box of all places. This is because the is not caulked in like on most but rather uses what is a large rubber o-ring for a seal. After 25 years, the shrinks, cracks, and begins to New gaskets are easily available, and not too ($70). Any glass shop can do The rear window is sealed in the way, and has a lot of the same problems. If trunk is leaking (as mine this is the culprit. I just the leak and dabbed a bit of silicone on it.

These cars also to have fluky electrical and most of the problems center poor connections in the fuse The A1 Jetta/Rabbit uses the old Bug-style porcelain fuses, and these can on the ends, causing open I had this problem on my horn, low beam headlight, and brake Just remove the fuses and the contacts. Should take of the problem. If your fusebox has damage from water/corrosion, boxes are cheap and easy to

Rust can also be an issue. a nice one from the Pacific or Southwest.

These cars are light, so they handle Brakes/tires also benefit the lightness of the car. expect to last a long time they are replaced. There is little that can go wrong these mechanically, as the diesel is VERY simple. Unlike new cars, which are full of and electronic junk, diesel and Rabbits have nearly no electronics of any kind. An alternator and a that#039;s about it.

They are not the comfortable car, but are not particularly either. As with most cars, the ride is. well. And the diesel engine can be a bit choppy at If it is really bad, then are the passenger side motor is bad. THESE ARE VERY TO CHANGE.

If you can find a nice one, an A1 Jetta or Rabbit makes for an commuter. They happily run on and can be converted to run on WVO/SVO as well. they are still cheap. But is changing as word about little cars spreads! are spartan, but simple. VW sold a lot of Jetta/Rabbit models in the US during the gas of the late 1970s and early but as gas got cheaper again in the late and early #039;90s demand off. A later diesel may be a little more comfortable, but are much heavier and harder to If you can find a nice A1 diesel Jetta, Dasher, or Pickup, GO FOR IT. You be disappointed. The turbo models are nice, as they offer a horsepower boost. Low maintenance/high Small displacement diesels are the of the future.

Would you buy another car from manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: September, 2007

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West Germany Volkswagen jetta 1981
West Germany Volkswagen jetta 1981
West Germany Volkswagen jetta 1981
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