VW rabbit, opinions?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by Stilettoprefer, Nov 3, 2012.

  1. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I'm looking for a first vehicle, and all of the small pickups around here are either too expensive, or all kinds of screwed up.

    I really love the look of this rabbit and the mileage certainly makes my wallet happy!!! Its right at the top of my budget, though.


    Any thoughts? Is this a good price? There isn't much of trend in the pricing on craigslist for these.
  2. MJ5150

    MJ5150 Terrific Twister

    Apr 12, 2001
    Lacey, WA
    I'd want to know why the backseats were replaced, why the carpet is coming up, and why the paint job is terrible. Get a CarFax.

  3. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
    Get the engine checked out. Seems kind of beat up. What's your price range?
  4. hrodbert696

    hrodbert696 Moderator Staff Member Supporting Member

    $3000 for a 27-year-old car? I don't know blue book values but that seems overpriced. Still, my dad had one of the early models around 1980 and as far as he ever said it was a good little car.
  5. Ziltoid

    Ziltoid I don't play bass

    Apr 10, 2009
    I think you can do better than that at 3K (the rabbit's price on the link).
  6. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    My price range is up to $3500. Will be higher if I end up getting the 50% tuition waiver that my band director has been talking to me about.

    If you have any ideas for good first cars, I just need good mileage (25+) as I drive A LOT for work and school. So toss em out! I'll drive pretty much anything. The rabbits just happen to have caught my eye on this afternoons craigslist peruse.
  7. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    That's way to much for a car that age in that condition ....keep looking ...you could find a Toyota corrolla cheaper than that in better shape and it will run forever
  8. Indiana Mike

    Indiana Mike

    Nov 18, 2005
    Ohhh and that new paint is hiding a lot of crap that will pop back thru soon ...

    I sound harsh ....I've bought enough cars to fill a small a parking lot and have learned the hard way ...

    If you really want it offer him half and when he says no tell .him to call you if he changes his mind
  9. A-Step-Towards

    A-Step-Towards Supporting Member

    Nov 16, 2009
    Los Angeles California
    You must live close to me, because Corvallis craigslist is my local craigslist. That is for sure overpriced, the convertibles actually always go for less.Thats worth probably 2k. I am really into older VW's and watch prices on them.
  10. elgecko


    Apr 30, 2007
    Anasleim, CA
    That's an awesome car...if you're Stephanie Zimbalist!

  11. gene beauchamp

    gene beauchamp Supporting Member

    Jul 15, 2012
    Vw's are nothing but maintenance. I own 2 and every couple months something needs fixed on both. The radiator leaks on one and I have to take off front wheels ,fenders and bumper just to replace it. DONT DO IT!!!!!!!!
  12. pbasswil


    Feb 17, 2008
    It might be ok (if a bit pricy); but be aware that as a general rule, VWs aren't the most reliable cars out there. Personally, if i was buying something that old I'd be carefully looking for the most reliable brand(s) & models. Otherwise, maintenance & repairs are soon going to make the purchase price seem like an insignificant consideration.
  13. Stinsok

    Stinsok Supporting Member

    Dec 16, 2002
    Central Alabama
    I had a Rabbit pickup. 70 miles an hour was about top speed. Wouldn't pull your pecker out of your britches.
  14. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
    I'm actually in Oregon City, but my girlfriend goes to OSU, so I could check out cars while visiting for a weekend. That's the only reason I had that listing from Corvallis:p.

    Thanks for the tips guys! I'll definitely look cheaper if I go for a VW. The Jetta wagons generally don't look too bad around here and most are close to KBB prices.

    Also looking at 90's Toyotas.
  15. Stilettoprefer


    Nov 26, 2010
  16. Thick McRunfast

    Thick McRunfast Not just good, good enough

    Sep 30, 2012
    Portland, Oregon USA
    Well the upcoming six months of rain are going to test the seller's "leak free top" claim.
  17. lmfreeman9

    lmfreeman9 Supporting Member

    Sep 1, 2007
    Had 2 80's Rabbits-both diesels both reliable and good cars.
    Downside: Expensive to repair, thin bodies rust and not so good in an accident.

    Newer cars have better technology and are better made. I'd look for a 10 year rice burner.
  18. MakiSupaStar

    MakiSupaStar The Lowdown Diggler

    Apr 12, 2006
    Huntington Beach, CA
  19. Horny Toad

    Horny Toad Guest

    Mar 4, 2005