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my commuter died a couple weeks ago,
and its getting expensive to commute 110miles a day in my 94 F350 Crew Cab Dually

I found a local seller with a pretty clean looking 1983 Rabbit LS (Fuel Injected 1.7 (I think))
not sure if it's a 4sp or 5sp (I'll find out tonight)

the seller got the car from his grandparents (original owner)
it's got a bunch of maintenance records, including a new motor about 60K ago

other than the fact it's an old economy car
the 1.7 is a Timing belt motor, right? non interference motor?
how hard is it to do a timing belt in these cars?
should I be scared of the old fuel injection?
is there anything I should be looking at before I decide to make an offer?

any input would be appreciated

It's been a few years since I've owned a VW
(Past VW's: 2002 GTi / 73 914)


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I was trying to post a pic of her
but the uploader seems to be getting stuck (slow work computer)
 

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my commuter died a couple weeks ago,
and its getting expensive to commute 110miles a day in my 94 F350 Crew Cab Dually

I found a local seller with a pretty clean looking 1983 Rabbit LS (Fuel Injected 1.7 (I think))
not sure if it's a 4sp or 5sp (I'll find out tonight)

the seller got the car from his grandparents (original owner)
it's got a bunch of maintenance records, including a new motor about 60K ago

other than the fact it's an old economy car
is there anything I should be looking at before I decide to make an offer?

any input would be appreciated

It's been a few years since I've owned a VW
(Past VW's: 2002 GTi / 73 914)
Most reason these cars are dead is rust. Check strut towers in the front I've owned a truck that completely rusted off the body there. Check around the control arms just check everywhere. Also check rear strut towers I had to scrap one cause they rusted out too. Probably should check the hatch too since they're known to leak.

Hmm other things. Idk maybe just check all the usual stuff when buying a car. These cars are very economical and the funnest things you can drive. Probably why I've owned 4 already and I haven't even hit 18 yet

Post some pics!
 

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Most reason these cars are dead is rust. Check strut towers in the front I've owned a truck that completely rusted off the body there. Check around the control arms just check everywhere. Also check rear strut towers I had to scrap one cause they rusted out too. Probably should check the hatch too since they're known to leak.


Post some pics!
luckily, I don't live in the NorthEast
here in the PNW rust isn't a big killer

this car is super clean
I believe it was actually parked in a garage overnight most of its life
 

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The fuel filer neck rusts away, water then gets in the fuel system and plays havoc with the CIS (your fuel system).

Pretty sure only the 16v is interference.
 

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The old CIS system can be finicky IF the car has not been run in awhile. If the car has been daily driven I say go for it.
 
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