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bbought a 80 diesel rabbit. wont go into gear, knock in motor. any help, please. also have a diesel Land Cruiser from south america.
Peter Kirk <BJ40no@aol.com>
Yardville, NJ USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 16:14:51 (PDT)


Looking for a 96 or 97 Passat Wagon diesel. Contact me at robinson008@juno.com
mark <robinson008@juno.com>
Stratford, CT USA - Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 20:35:50 (PDT)
I NEED A BUMPER FOR A 1998 VOLKSWAGON JETTA. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE TO PICK ONE UP CHEAP PLEASE EMAIL ME.
John Kuremsky <johnk@zdial.com>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:41:24 (PDT)
I NEED ABUMPER FOR A1998 VOLKSWAGON JETTA. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE TO PICK ONE UP CHEAP PLEASE EMAIL ME.
John Kuremsky <johnk@zdial.com>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:40:57 (PDT)
I NEED ABUMPER FOR A1998 VOLKSWAGON JETTA. IF ANYONE KNOWS WHERE TO PICK ONE UP CHEAP PLEASE EMAIL ME.
John Kuremsky <johnk@zdial.com>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:39:55 (PDT)
I NEED A BUMPER FOR A 1998 VOLKSWAGON BUMPER . IF ANY KNOWS WHERE TO FIND ONE PLEASE LET ME KNOW
John Kuremsky <johnk@zdial.com>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:32:06 (PDT)
Hi All, Is there anyone that has AOL Messenger I'm lgg80 on it. I'm not on it much but would love to hear from others when I'm on it. Lewis
Lewis grimes <lgrimes@ricochet.net or lewisgrimes@yahoo.com>
San Jose, Ca USA - Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 22:35:16 (PDT)
Hi All, Is there anyone that has AOL Messenger I'm lgg80 on it. I'm not on it much but would love to hear from others when I on it. Lewis
Lewis grimes <lgrimes@ricochet.net or lewisgrimes@yahoo.com>
San Jose, Ca USA - Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 22:28:26 (PDT)
I hope to get my truck back by the end of nexed week. They are putting it back together after it got hit head on. It took a hole lot of doing not to get a salvaged title but I did it. The insurance gave me a good fight but I think I came out ok. I did not want to loses the truck. It will not be in as good of shape as it was but it will be fixed. Don't let the insurance comp. push you around. Lewis
Lewis Grimes <lgrimes@ricochet.net or lewisgrimes@yahoo.com>
San Jose, Ca USA - Saturday, June 19, 1999 at 21:44:30 (PDT)
I was recently driving with my dad in his 82 westy diesel and we overheated.When we pulled over there was smoke coming from the engine compartment and side vents. We gained access to the engine and saw what appeared to be steam and smoke from the head. Not knowing anything about a diesel, the somke came from what appeared to be a head. It had a large gear on it with the belt intact. Ant advice on the probable damage and what it may take to repair would be very gratefully recieved.
Mike Perkins <palomsker@aol.com>
Las Vegas, nvUSA USA - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 18:41:23 (PDT)
93 EURO TRUCK T4 1.9 SHIPPED FROM GERMANY
JOE ROADCAP <VWROADCAP@AOL.COM>
PA USA - Sunday, June 06, 1999 at 20:24:27 (PDT)
I have 3 VW pickups that need motors, that I want to sell as is for $300. each. I also want to find information, or a manual for an 83 VW Quantum Turbo Diesel station wagon. I have rebuilt the engine, and the turbo, but I am not sure of the timing settings on the pump, and several other small things. If anyone can point me in the right direction, I would be grateful. I still have 5 diesel trucks that I will keep, but I thought that 8 trucks was too many for one person, so I would like to pass along a few projects.
Mike <Moosiez0@aol.com>
Napa, CA USA - Sunday, June 06, 1999 at 00:42:06 (PDT)
do you know of a detailed step by step write-up on how to swap a 1.8L16V engine into an A1. i'm considering swapping my 16V into my caddy.
peter ceton <cetonp@hotmail.com>
boardman, or USA - Saturday, June 05, 1999 at 18:25:55 (PDT)
After all of the headaches with this car, and after the rebuild and new fuel pump, I'm getting the mileage that I wanted. After the second fill up I was getting 36 mpg, then it climbed up to 43 mpg, then 47mpg and so far its topped off at 56.6 mpg! WOW, what a difference, from rebuild to breaking in, it has power to pass and climb hills to! Now I can't wait to trade my truck and wifes car in for a Jetta TDI. I Love VW!
Russ McCurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
Salem, OR USA - Friday, June 04, 1999 at 10:38:05 (PDT)
anyone looking for vw parts try the "Parts Place 2483732300. if you need special vw tools try "Baum Tools 8008486657.
rob smith <cir8@juno.com>
USA - Thursday, June 03, 1999 at 17:35:34 (PDT)
Zijn er ook nederlandse caddy freaks. Heb zelf een caddy van '86 en ben deze klaar aan het maken vermoedelijk 7-'99 klaar:-motor omgebouwd tot gtd intercooler, blauw metallic, dikke bumpers, bonrath grill,verlaagd natuurlijk voor & ACHTER,enz. mail me
Theo Cuppen <theo90@wishmail.net>
Venlo, Holland - Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 09:25:00 (PDT)
I have a '86 caddy. I am fixing it to something special. The caddy will be ready about 7-1999, i'll send you a photo then. greatings from holland, Venlo
Theo Cuppen <theo90@wishmail.net>
Venlo, Holland - Thursday, May 27, 1999 at 08:52:06 (PDT)
Looking for vw diesel pickup to buy. Engine will not have to run. I have good engine.(ratrag@aol.com)
Mark Krauss <ratrag@aol.com>
Nottingham, PA USA - Wednesday, May 26, 1999 at 21:09:46 (PDT)
I knew I'd like the internet !! I've driven various Golfs, rabbits, and Jettas over the years, my latest being a '91 Jetta " Ecodeisel ".I'm impressed by some of the guests here who have high mileage cars......my Jetta has just under 100k, my wife's '85 Maxima has 246k, and my Volvo 745T wagon has 129k ( it replaced an '86 Maxima that was T - boned at 330k !) Any info on the Jetta ( maintenance, quirks, ect.) would be greatly appreciated.Great site !! Write me at WSamKelly@AOL.com
Bill Kelly <WSamKelly@AOL.com>
Lithonia, GA USA - Thursday, May 06, 1999 at 16:38:54 (PDT)
Well, the reason that my '83 diesel overheated and smoked allot was that when my mechanic timed the new pump, he timed it at 180 degress off. Now that the intake is bolted on right and the pump is timed right, now it runs like a charm, and it is faster than the 81 diesel rabbit that my dad owened. Now after buying someone else's nightmare and turning it into mine, and I fixed it, now my "not a project car" that I bought for $500 has cost me a total with purchace, $2500, and even though I wanted to shoot it I still stuck with it and now I have a good car. Thank you for your help Roger, and thank you for a good web site.
Russ McCurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
salem, or USA - Saturday, May 01, 1999 at 17:48:40 (PDT)
HELP! I was hit head-on in my VW pickup truck. I'm in a lot of pain, but after some time I should be OK. It will take some time. My truck blue books at $2260.00. And the total estimate of damages comes to approximately $1697.00 +or- a dollor or two at this time. They want to pay me $1400.00 and if they pay any thing more they want the pink slip (title). I have saved every add for VW trucks for sale that I have been able get my hands on from all over Rogers Page, Caddy Page.... But they say that they have to be no older then 3 months and be comparable to my model and year. Anyone out in our little world of Volkswagon Pickup Trucks, knows that adds for the VW trucks are far and few inbetween. May I ask anyone out there that may have adds, if they may be able to send me a copy on trucks for sale. My truck is a 1982 custom, with A/C, cassette player radio, premium rims, camper shell a few miner dents, but over all looks like new. I do not want to lose my truck. All they would do is auction it off and someone that gets it will do the work on it and have a excellent truck and I will have no truck and no way to replace it. The replacment for $1400, I have no way knowing what's in it. If anyone can help I would appreciate it so much, just to get fair claim out of the insurance company. I need trucks selling for $2000.00 to $2500.00 +or-, in good condition and I need all this ASAP the heat is on. Thanks to all of you that may be able to help me with this matter. Lewis Grimes Lgrimes@ricochet.net
Lewis Grimes <lgrimes@ricochet>
San Jose, Ca. USA - Friday, April 30, 1999 at 19:57:52 (PDT)
I am begging to restore an 81 rabbit pickup lx. I would appreciate any information that would help my truck go faster and handle better than it does at this time.
Jon Clemmons <versatec@azmail.net>
Waxahachie, tx USA - Wednesday, April 28, 1999 at 17:37:42 (PDT)
Anyone know a good source for 'junk' VW diesel rabbits? I just bought an '83 VW turbo diesel rabbit and I'd like to purchase a junk rabbit for spare parts. I live in upstate NY.
Lou Navarro <lanny1@ix.netcom.com>
Queensbury, NY USA - Tuesday, April 27, 1999 at 12:31:11 (PDT)
I just had the engine rebuilt, then the fuel pump went bad. My mechanic replaced it with a pump out of a '78 diesel rabbit, now it smokes and runs hot. It'll die once in a while at a stop sign, and I have to wait for a minute then it will start up again. It's louder now to, did I get a wrong type of pump, or what? Will this one do fine, he put in 2 gallons of red fuel because I was almost out, could that be the reason it's running hot?
russ mccurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
salem, or USA - Sunday, April 25, 1999 at 12:39:06 (PDT)
I recently purchased a 1981 VW rabbit pickup, and I'm looking forward to fixing it up. If anyone has any good tips or tricks, let me know.
Joshua Hamme <a.hamme@worldnet.att.net>
Abbottstown, PA USA - Sunday, April 25, 1999 at 10:29:32 (PDT)
Hi, This page is very cool. My greatest interest is also VW Pickup and I've got one from 1983. It is totaly custom made.! greetings Sven
Sven Assink <S.L.B.Assink@idm-stu.hsmaastricht.nl>
Maastricht, Holland - Thursday, April 22, 1999 at 04:01:43 (PDT)
Interested in information on using the VW diesel for generating electricity. Any info would be appreciated.
Bryan <bmilazzo@indiana.edu>
USA - Monday, April 19, 1999 at 05:39:17 (PDT)
Oops. Questions about the start advance/enrichment on the pump. My engine has about 3000 miles at this time (must have crashed early). Anybody familiar with the 1.9?
Erik Dossett <ddesigns@mtaonline.net>
Wasilla, , AK USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 23:27:48 (PDT)
Hello. I am in the process of an engine swap. I am converting My Suzuki Samurai to 1.9 td. It's a late model Canadian engine with what appears to be a German turbo. I have questions about
Erik Dossett <ddesigns@mtaonline.net>
Wasilla, AK USA - Thursday, April 08, 1999 at 23:24:47 (PDT)
Great site. I really appreciate the advice you have been giving. I have an 81 P/U with 436,000 indicated. I say indicated because I have had the clicking odometer for quite a while. I found the gear cracked just as you say but until tonight when I read your suggestions I never thought about reaming it out. It seems to work OK since I glued it to the shaft but the super glue just wouldn't hold up to the tension so it split right away. Soon as I can I will try your trick. I was wondering if there would be a problem with being off-center since the hole will be larger than the shaft? Dave
David Cumberland <cumberland@lightspeed.net>
Tehachapi, CA USA - Tuesday, April 06, 1999 at 21:19:17 (PDT)
HAVE AN 81 "CADDY" WITH '84 TURBO DIESEL, I GET A METALLIC BUZZING NOISE IN ALL GEARS AT ABOUT 2500-3000 RPM, AND ALSO LOOKING FOR ENGINE PERFORMANCE UPGRADE, ALSO LOOKING AT AN INTERCOOLER UPGRADE BUT WONDER IF IT'S GOING TO HELP ACCELERATION AND SPEED
ART WALLACE <BADASSGTI@AOL.COM>
HERSHEY, PA USA - Tuesday, April 06, 1999 at 18:17:52 (PDT)
Hi fellow dieselholics. Hi fellow dieselholics , Have '82 2dr and 83 5spd PU in barn, Almost zip rust want ti keep one and convert 2nd to diesel electric for household power, Any ideas thanx eric
eric konefal <eurowin@banet.net>
newport, ny USA - Tuesday, March 30, 1999 at 20:04:12 (PST)
Love the site. Working on restoring my '81 pickup, That has sitting in my Dad's shed for over 10 years. Being it's a Diesel the motor doesn't work the best. Oh well I like a challenge. By the way is their any Pickup truck club in Ontario,or are any pickup owns interrested in it. Thanks.
Travis Grubb <petite@wcl.on.ca>
Mildmay, Ontario Canada - Friday, March 26, 1999 at 18:48:26 (PST)
How much oil should a 1.6 L VW turbo diesel use? (or NA diesel for that matter). In other words how much is too much? Mine, when I bought it used w/ 56,000 miles used a quart per 1000 miles. The previous owner gave it almost adequate oil changes. (burned it, there are no leaks). At 200,000 miles it uses a quart about every 600 -750 miles. I change it every 5,000 miles w/ 15W-40. I've replaced the valve guide seals and turbo cartridge long ago. There was no change in consumption. When the engine is warm and running, if the breather hose is removed lots of oil vapor flows through it. The intake boot is full of oil. I think this is where it is going, in addition to what slips past the rings. The car does not produce excess grey smoke. Also, I sometimes hear a very noticeable metallic ticking noise on idle and wonder if I have a broken piston ring. (Maybe its the piston tapping the pre-chamber insert). Sometimes there is no such noise. (When I replaced the head gasket to fix a oil leak 60,000 miles ago, I noticed that the #4 piston had a very noticeable outline of the pre-chamber insert because it was slightly contacting it because the insert was not pressed quite flush w/ the head. The others were). Its made this noise for over 100,000 miles. Other times on acceleration I hear a very pronounced metallic clatter and suspected worn rod bearings (happens about once a month for several seconds--very intermittent. I replaced the rod bearings and noticed no change. I now think its the piston ring or wrist pin noise (I replaced the injectors also, no change). Another theory is that what I am hearing is engine knock from a puddle of excess oil in the intake boot being sucked into the engine and being burnt (the noise on acceleration only lasts a few seconds). What gives? Anybody else had similar experiences? Should I drive it 'till it drops? It still runs great w/ 48 mpg. Any thoughts appreciated.
Nate Wall <nwall@envasns.org>
Springfield, VA USA - Wednesday, March 17, 1999 at 08:43:49 (PST)
I am the owner of a 79 WV Golf Diesel. I am very impressed with the economy @ 750Km/45 litres. My friends are envious of my car, even my friend (a Jaguar mechanic) wants to get one now that he has seen the benefits of the Diesel.
Paul Butler <psbutler@raaf.defence.gov.au>
Adelaide, SA Australia - Tuesday, March 09, 1999 at 20:55:09 (PST)
I'm rebuilding, he's doing all the work for $20 an hour, and putting in a lot of new stuff. I'll see how much extra for a turbo, and I hope to have as much luck as every body else has.
Russ McCurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
Salem, Or USA - Wednesday, March 03, 1999 at 10:04:33 (PST)
I am a F-16 Crew Chief and own four vw trucks and other vw autos. Mostly into diesels. feel free to e-mail me on vw issues and f-16 stuff
Mike Bratton <michael.bratton@OHTOLE.ANG.AF.MIL>
Bowling Green, OH USA - Monday, March 01, 1999 at 07:00:47 (PST)
Looking for Passat Wagon Diesel. Can you help?
Greg Timko <gtg@systec.com>
NY, NY USA - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 22:22:34 (PST)
Great page!! The ratty little bunny trucks sure do have a following. I've got 2 right now, an '82 diesel that turned over 400,000 miles right before the odo broke a couple of years ago, and an '82 gas that is my new toy. Now I'm hunting for an Audi 3A 2 liter to stuff into it. The old diesel has never let me down, and will probably always be my regular transportation,... 'till I can't get parts for it anymore!!
Kevin Stoddard <HerePhydeaux@Juno.com>
East Texas, TX USA - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 20:06:04 (PST)
Well it needs a rebuild, and I was told I could rebuild the same engine or put in a 1.9 liter. The difference is $1200 for the rebuild, or $2000 for the 1.9, or blow it up as a fire department excersise. Choices, Choices, Choices, what to do.
Russ McCurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
Salem, Or USA - Saturday, February 27, 1999 at 16:24:26 (PST)
I am begining to lose all hope with my 83 diesel rabbit. I have replaced all glo-plugs, fuel and air filter, fuel injecttion intake line, oil & filter, 50a fuse, had my altinator tested, the battery charged, the glo-plug relay works, and it ran good for awhile. Now it won't start, it turns over but won't start, not even a chug-chug, like it wants to start. I'm thinking of selling it and buying a Honda or another Toyota. I have said "F" one to many times with it and it has left me stuck at work for the second time, its still there. HELP!!!!!
Russ McCurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
Salem, Or USA - Thursday, February 25, 1999 at 10:56:40 (PST)
Great website! Been looking for a Caddy for awhile. Just checked out a nice looking '82 diesel,never driven a diesel Rabbit before. Slow but worth it I guess. Gonna check out an '82 gas tomorrow night. Wife drives an '82 Rabbit S in mint condition. Thanks for all the great info!
Shawn Andersen <trinitya@earthlink.net>
Mt. Vernon, Wa USA - Wednesday, February 24, 1999 at 21:08:12 (PST)
Your CV joint removal page is what I needed. You the man.
Martin Kuhn <thekuhns@it.ca>
Barrie, ON Canada - Sunday, February 21, 1999 at 15:43:02 (PST)
Hi. I just bought an 84 TD Rabbit. It starts and runs fine but pumps out a lot more black smoke than I see on other diesel Rabbits running around. Where would you start on diagnosing this ? Thanks.
Brian Leckenby <Brian_Leckenby@bc.sympatico.ca>
Victoria, BC Canada - Friday, February 12, 1999 at 22:16:44 (PST)
ok heres a problem i have in my truck i need help,, why does the glo plug light flicker when i hit bumps,, i know its a vibration thing+a bad connection,,where is it?? i pull the glo plug relay out when i start it,, i still hear the load reductionm relay(i think) clickin away too,, has anyone ever had this happen too,,its a 81 pickup diesel lx,,whatever,,its killin me here please help!! i know my grounds(battery+body) are good,,its kinda funny when its cold out it happens more till it warms up drivin it+using stuff,,,thanks i appreciate any reply
blake macpherson <bnmncab@ibm.net>
USA - Wednesday, February 10, 1999 at 14:37:29 (PST)
have an '82 rabbit diesel LS / 5spd. 190K + miles I'm having overheating problems / coolant loss - is this a blown head gasket?? - still, it gets 46 mpg and is reliable - just have to keep the reservoir full. What am I likely to screw up driving it this way - if anything 'til I get the time / etc. to fix it.......
dave wolfgang <occupant@panetwork.com>
felton, pa USA - Tuesday, February 09, 1999 at 15:56:16 (PST)
i just wanna say,, cool page!!!i got an 81 pickup(lifted),80 rabbit diesel,and 83gti(many mods),, i just want to say if you feel like you need more power in your diesel,, well try an 83-84 gti 5 speed, the closer ratios keep it singin!!,, also get a vdo tach too,,it was 90$$and it hooks to alternator,,but the 5 speed works great,, when i had this combo in my 80(i had a 86 diesel engine,84gti trans),,i could always get it to redline 5th gear on the hiway!!comin home from waterfest with my buddys,, one of the guys with a stock gti blasted past me down a hill,,well i mashed it too,,and from 65 or so all the way till i hit redline,,i only lost like 5 or6 carlengths,, now the engine+trans from my red 80 is in the truck,,its not qwite as fast anymore,, but i can at least accelerate up any hill ya throw at me(before it hold speed or drop off,,needing lower gear),,oh yea i also had weight removed from the flywheel,,,,look at the big ring of metal that extends past the ring gear,if ya got a spare'wheel laying around,,theres a chunk of metal about 1 in thick,,and 1 inch wide,,i had a guy throw it in a lathe,and he shaved all that metal off up to the ringgear,,it had to be 4 pounds at least,,now it marches like a gasser,,burnin em all thru first gear if i jus punch it,,,theres my.02cents,, cool site+keep the \x/ pride strong
blake macpherson <bnmncab@ibm.net>
cleveland, oh USA - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 17:52:28 (PST)
I just turned 301,000 miles two days ago. Wow!
Matt Wurm <me_wurm@yahoo.com>
glenbeulah, WI USA - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 13:28:22 (PST)
I am now the proud owner of a '83 diesel rabbit,that has been a novice mechanic's dream/nightmare. I would appreciate ANY info or cool links that might help. :):):)
Sean <PH1SH_PHAN@YAHOO.COM>
Stroudsburg, Pa USA - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 12:05:44 (PST)
I have an 81 Pickup Gas with 1.7 engine and I am looking to raise the compression ratio by changing the pistons. Does any one know where I can buy a set of pistons to raise it to 9.5:1 the stock ratio is 8.2:1 Please help Gary
Gary Johnson <ggjohnson@snet.net>
Ansonia, CT USA - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 08:18:50 (PST)
Am delighted inheritor of 83 diesel Rabbit. -105k. Just inspected my fuse panel and looks like water has mucked it up. Is not charging any solutions?
Ham Endicott <hendicott@sprynet.com>
Brunswick, GA USA - Saturday, February 06, 1999 at 15:03:28 (PST)
I would like some help in finding a good used 1.6l td or 1.9l td that will fit my 1991 vw jetta td
todd
USA - Saturday, February 06, 1999 at 08:19:11 (PST)
I am looking for anyone that could help me locate a good used 1.6l td or 1.9 td that I would be able to put in my 1991 vw jetta td. I am also interested in any information on how I could put a inter-cooler on.
todd <snapon@cybrzn.com>
USA - Friday, February 05, 1999 at 17:18:53 (PST)
I just started work on an 82 diesel Rabbit. The A/C and Power steering ar no longer needed. I intend to remove these items, but this cuases a problem with the alternator bracket. Has anyone ever converted from a Rabbit with AC and PS to one without. It looks like it will make engine maintenance a lot easier. Thanks for any help.
Rick branch <obrien@olg.com>
Prince Frederick, MD USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 14:08:28 (PST)
Here are two sites that detail how to set VW diesel injection timing: http://www.cs.rochester.edu/u/jag/vw/engine/fi/timing.html http://www.bright.net/~vwdiesel/tbelt.htm Hope this helps --Nate Wall
Nate Wall <nwall@envasns.org>
Washington, DC USA - Tuesday, January 26, 1999 at 08:27:35 (PST)
hi there my dad is looking for data on procedure for setting the timing on a VW diesel wabbit ,,, where could I find that on the Internet.. thank you in advance Annette
annette cink <ttmz95c@prodigy>
enid , Ok USA - Sunday, January 24, 1999 at 07:10:41 (PST)
I'm contemplating purchasing a new TDI Beetle and was wondering if I could learn from some other peoples experience with regard to any experiences good or bad they've had with their TDI. Thanks in advance!
David J. Holmgren <lubdub@rcsinet.com>
Minooka, IL USA - Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 22:40:56 (PST)
Caddy Holland Welkom.
Cor <cdevries@bart.nl>
Harich, Frl. Holland - Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 10:46:28 (PST)
I have a two door jetta with a custom turbo diesel. Too maney things to list hella grill, nuespeed springs, big stereo and off course 205/15s. I have never owned a car other than diesels. Now i have a diesel p/u 81 with a rebuild engine i got from a friend it is fare shape i only want 800 for it. It is in norther az Always looking for a turbo diesel engine for converting rabits and golfs
James Mageary <vwdslfrk@aol.com>
flagstaff, az USA - Thursday, January 21, 1999 at 09:08:34 (PST)
I am very pleased to see all these vw truck enthusiasts! I have a tan now GTI green 81 truck with some customizing done and a lot more on the way. My dad has a 81 diesel truck plus we have 2 more gas trucks, an 81 deisel rabbit, 2 83 GTI's and an 89 fox wagon that mom drives. I am an extreme volkwagen freak. If anyone has information about ground effects and fender flares that fit on trucks I would appreciate your input-email me.
Patrick Montgomery <patricio45@hotmail.com>
Bloomington, IN USA - Tuesday, January 19, 1999 at 11:29:20 (PST)
Thank you Rick, and Roger for your help. My 83 Rabbit runs pretty good now, and I can't wait to fix my shifting problem. The previous owner used to be a heavy smoker, and the seats are stained and I'm getting used to the smell, it still stinks, I've got to get out my steam cleaner, and possibley buy new seats. Check out Rogers caddy at reality.sgi.com/rogerb/vwpickup.html its a cool ride, good info to. Thanks for the web page, good forum on VW desiels, wish I knew how to speak Dutch though.
Russ McCurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
Salem , Or USA - Saturday, January 16, 1999 at 19:50:26 (PST)
Goede pagina. En ik ben dus niet de enigste met dit type auto. Zijn er bij jullie ook adressen bekent met artikelen om de Caddy op te bouwen? (vervraaien).
Cor <cdevries@bart.nl>
Harich, Friesland Holland - Sunday, January 10, 1999 at 20:17:28 (PST)
I have an 83 rabbit L, I keep haveing problems with being able to put it in first gear after it warms up, and right now it won't start. I replaced the fuel filter and injector line, and one glow plug(man you need long skinny fingers for that). I also replaced the oil & filter, air filter, and I'm going to replace the oil & valve cover gaskets. Is it supposed to burn a quart of oil every two weeks? I cleaned the glowplugs a month ago, and they are dirty already, is this normal? Any info will be greatly appriceated, cool page too. Thanks
russ mccurdy <cmccurdy@transport.com>
salem, or USA - Sunday, January 10, 1999 at 13:54:12 (PST)
Just found your page from message on the VW Diesel Digest;lots of good stuff there and here in the guestbook too.Currently driving 98 Jetta TDI and like it,but plan to get back into an early 80's Pickup as a backup and fun vehicle as soon as I can find one!Not many to be found in this part of the world so it may take time!
Bill Osborne <osborne@auracom.com>
Liverpool, NS Canada - Friday, January 08, 1999 at 17:17:02 (PST)
Just found your page from message on the VW Diesel Digest;lots of good stuff there and here in the guestbook too.Currently driving 98 Jetta TDI and like it,but plan to get back into an early 80's Pickup as a backup and fun vehicle as soon as I can find one!Not many to be found in this part of the world so it may take time!
Bill Osborne <osborne@auracom.com>
Liverpool, NS Canada - Friday, January 08, 1999 at 17:15:45 (PST)
very happy to have discovered this page. I am currently in the process of purchasing my first VW-diesel to save miles on my VR6. I heard that it's a "bulletproof" car if properly maintained. I would appreciate any tricks for caring for an '82 rabbit-L with ~190k miles on the odo. thanks
Jimbo Downes <Strinalot@aol.com>
Baltimore, MD USA - Thursday, January 07, 1999 at 15:18:38 (PST)
love your guest book...... i just purchase a '79 rabbit diesel. it seems to have water leaking problem causing a bad connection on my fuse panel. my friend is helping me to clean the connection by taking off the panel does anyone have suggestion on the leaking problem, because i dont want to be a repeated problem other than that the car runs fine..... thanks guyz
Rudi Vics <vicstop@yahoo.com>
memphis, Tn USA - Thursday, December 31, 1998 at 15:15:51 (PST)
Thanks for a great homepage and sharing your knowledge about the VW Diesel. I own a 1982 Diesel Rabbit Pickup and have been very pleased with it. My dad bought it new when they became a popular item with some farmers in Eastern Oregon - strange but true.
David J. Harris <walden@pond.net>
Springfield, OR USA - Tuesday, December 29, 1998 at 23:08:36 (PST)
Have not been doing much with Email lately. Would like to hear from others. I have a 1982 diesel pu. I love it. Still would like to have a get together here in the San Jose area. I still give out flyers on trucks I see on the road. Hope to get more owners to the web sites. Do any of you have more idea's on getting the word out about the web sites? Lewis
Lewis Grimes <Lgrimes@ricochet>
san jose , ca USA - Tuesday, December 29, 1998 at 14:07:00 (PST)
Owner of 3 Air Cooled VW's would like to break into the Water Cooled scene. Looking for good cond. P/U Have cash in N. Calif.
Don McGann <rdmcgann@ucdavis.edu>
Woodland, Ca USA - Monday, December 21, 1998 at 11:42:25 (PST)
I want a Caddy! Nice page by the way.
Dan <danzig@lightlink.com>
Lansing, NY USA - Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at 17:45:27 (PST)
'81 deisel rabbit w/ 140k just bought it, runs like a champ. Just need some advice on replacing front struts?
big a <miriam.dushane@worldnet.att.net>
albany, ny USA - Wednesday, December 16, 1998 at 14:26:52 (PST)
excellent page. Hope to see more techno contributions.
Brad Pavao <bpavao@ti.com>
attleboro, ma USA - Tuesday, December 15, 1998 at 09:31:55 (PST)
On our 2nd VW diesel - still learning!
Ric Smith <rksmith@nbn.net>
Annville, PA USA - Monday, December 07, 1998 at 17:31:02 (PST)
Good site to exchange information. Fellow VW Diesel owners feel free to e-mail me w/those hard-to-answer questions about engines, diesel injection, turbo replacement, etc. I have a 1985 Jetta Turbo diesel w/ over 200,000 miles and and do my own maintenance and repair work myself. It has never seen the inside of a repair shop except to have the AC system evacuated and recharged. Tip of the day: Purchase the Bently repair manual and the special tools for setting injection pump and valve timing (dial indicator and holder, cam lock plate, injection pump lock pin, and cam belt tensioner wrench). The tools and manual costs a little over $200. These tools are needed to replace the timimg belt. At $400 - $600 for the shop doing it, you'll save big bucks. The timing belt needs to be replaced every 60,000 miles. If it breaks, the head, and sometimes, the engine is destroyed. Happy dieseling!
Nate Wall <nwall@envasns.org>
Springfield, VA USA - Tuesday, December 01, 1998 at 10:31:52 (PST)
82 diesel vanagon.......quite possibly the worst example of fine german engineering. I baught it with 160,ooomiles on at least its second egine, then that one gave out within twenty thousand miles after the purchase, the new factory rebuilt only lasted forty thousand, and finaly I had it converted to a Jetta 1800 gas and have had virtually no problems. Previously, truly a nightmare, now a dream camper...If you have tips on these types of converstions or would like to know more about my experience, please write to arc_oceanbridges@hotmail.com thanx, George
George whiteside <arc_oceanbridges@hotmail.com>
Seattle, WA USA - Friday, November 27, 1998 at 15:24:34 (PST)
Thanks! Learned a lot!
Al Stumbaugh <al.stumbaugh@fema.gov>
Stephens City, VA USA - Wednesday, November 25, 1998 at 05:13:33 (PST)
I have a Golf 1 that was made in 1982 . I am still working on it and if you have interesting information for me please send it to me My addres : Rillaarseweg 173 3390 Tielt-Winge Belgium
Claes Joris
Tielt - Winge, Belgium - Monday, November 23, 1998 at 13:20:37 (PST)
Add ATF to your diesel fuel! I add 1/3 of A quart to my fuel tank every time I fill up. It lubricates your fuel pump. When the government removed sulfur from diesel fuel they also removed the lubricant! my '85 Jetta has 489,000 mi. on it with the original fuel pump that has never been touched! check this site out for lots of VW diesel help. All they do is diesel!!! http://www.bright.net/~vwdiesel/ Rick.
Rick <rfelchlin@dct.com>
Green Bay, Wi USA - Saturday, November 14, 1998 at 16:46:45 (PST)
Add ATF to your diesel fuel! I add 1/3 of A quart to my fuel tank every time I fill up. It lubricates your fuel pump. When the government removed sulfur from diesel fuel they also removed the lubricant! my '85 Jetta has 489,000 mi. on it with the original fuel pump that has never been touched! Rick.
Rick <rfelchlin@dct.com>
Green Bay, Wi USA - Saturday, November 14, 1998 at 16:42:02 (PST)
'82 Rabbit Diesel. Starts hard, runs fine, won't idle. Help!
John Hilyard <fpstucson@aol.com>
Tucson, AZ USA - Wednesday, November 11, 1998 at 12:59:05 (PST)
I have a 93 Golf Turbo Diesel with 172,000k Did you know that if you change the engine oil every 5,000k the motor should last you up to 700,000k (at least). PS For your information, I think the best tires for this car are: Toyo 800 touring. I have 150,000k on them and they are still in good shape.
Mark Farrow <trigub@ica.net>
toronto, on canada - Friday, October 23, 1998 at 10:53:53 (PDT)
I have a 93 Golf Turbo Diesel with 172,000k Did you know that if you change the engine oil every 5,000k the motor should last you up to 700,000k (at least). PS For your information, I think the best tires for this car are: Toyo 800 touring. I have 150,000k on them and they are still in good shape.
Mark Farrow <trigub@ica.net>
toronto, on canada - Friday, October 23, 1998 at 10:50:37 (PDT)
I just broke the timing belt on my (owned from new) 86 Jetta TurboDiesel... I thought I'd poke about the web for some advice before I lift the head and discover the destruction. Advice and comments are welcome. Wish me luck.
Paul Briscoe <pbriscoe@passport.ca>
Toronto, On Canada - Thursday, October 22, 1998 at 21:13:10 (PDT)
NICE PAGES - my CADDY 87 racinggreen turbodiesel, 85hp, intercooler, Koni gelb suspension in front,suspension back very deep 195 15" wheels nice and fast, only 65000km run caddy rulez - for further information, type a mail!
Felix Consbruch <Felix.Consbruch@mt.stud.tu-ilmenau.de>
Ilmenau, Germany - Tuesday, October 13, 1998 at 14:41:41 (PDT)
I recently purchased an `84 Jetta diesel at a local auction for $350 bucks!It has new tires, cold air, excellent interior and body, and runs perfect. I guess nobody else wanted it-the odometer reads 757,328!!!
Jeff K. <airhonda@bellsouth.net>
Maryville, TN USA - Friday, September 25, 1998 at 08:50:19 (PDT)
I bought my 81 diesel pickup 5 years ago to keep me mobile for a few weeks until I found another half-ton Chevy for my building business. Needless to say, I was an immediate convert and have become a fan. My 81 has 138,000 and I've only had minor work done. More power would be nice but one learns to live with what one has. The benefits far outweigh the shortcomings.
alex cappelli <cappelli@redshift.com>
carmel, ca USA - Sunday, September 13, 1998 at 10:14:00 (PDT)
Have a rabbit D. with 206K, going strong, smoking a bit (I thicken the oil with a squirt of tranny oil). Have a D. PU collecting leaves and moss in the woods in VT. (rusty, head warped) Anybody know of any PUs with good bodies in the VT area? Anybody have any slick generator designs based on the VW diesel? Great site. Joe, dedicated VW diesel enthusiast.
Joe <jg1024@hotmail.com>
USA - Saturday, September 12, 1998 at 14:32:25 (PDT)
Just bought cherry 1981 Sportruck w/1.7 gasengine,5 speed transmission,rally pack option.No scanner yet, so no pics.
malachy Hackett <motomerle@aol.com>
Bradenton, FL USA - Monday, August 31, 1998 at 02:42:56 (PDT)
Hello there, I have an 89 VW - GOLF-Turbo-Diesel with InterCooler and 80 horse-powers with now 117.000 km on it, and I LOVE IT !!!
Marcel Markmann <BerndMarkmann@t-online.de>
Hohenthann, Bayern Germany - Monday, August 31, 1998 at 01:55:59 (PDT)
Have 6 diesel rabbits, 80, 82 & 83 running and licensed, 79 runs but well worn and 2 junkers.. Started w/the 79 in 1982. Have done just about every repair there is.. Ever have a whine develop at 35mph+ caused by partially delaminated intermediate shaft bearing?? Has anybody solved the oil leak coming from the head gasket where oil is ported from the block into the head. With oil pressures running 100psi, double that at cold start (I thought this pressure high, but after checking several vehicles believe it to be normal), this area seems to leak after half of all head gasket jobs.. That complaint aside rabbits in general are extremely easy to work on. Have never attempted to fine tune injection timing w/dial indicator. Is it worth the time, effort and cost of special tools??? Love your sight!!!!
Richard <petals@visi.net>
North, VA USA - Monday, August 17, 1998 at 11:59:05 (PDT)
Have an '81 VW Rabbit diesel L. Bought it a few months ago with 120K on it, and getting 50mpg. First diesel I've owned, and love it. Looking for a Caddy to add to my collection for a general purpose vehicle. Will probably drive diesels from now on.
David DeSimio <dedesimio@bemis.com>
Akron, Ohio USA - Tuesday, August 11, 1998 at 18:32:14 (PDT)
Is anybody else using Performance Formula for their deisel engines? Thanks and Aloha, Rocky
Rockford J Holmes <rockfordh@hotmail.com>
Honolulu, Hi USA - Wednesday, July 29, 1998 at 01:57:00 (PDT)
LOVE YOUR STUFF!
FRED KRAUSE <wa1imd@juno.com>
Hingham , MA USA - Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 13:14:14 (PDT)
I agree! Great site. I have been a devoted VW deisel owner since my first rabbit L in 1983. I put 225,000 miles on it before a fatal timing belt accident put her to rest. Since then I have owned two other rabbits, three Jettas and my good friend "Teddy" my 1980 caddy. All have been deisels. I currently own a '91 jetta turbo deisel (eco) with 180,000 on it and of course "Teddy with 172,000 on him. Thanks and aloha, Rocky
Rockford J Holmes <rockfordh@hotmail.com>
Honolulu, Hi USA - Tuesday, July 28, 1998 at 04:51:37 (PDT)
(looking for parts for 84 Rabbit GTI It's black and DK blue inside need front seats )and looking to buy VW pickup
Donald Kirby <section8@talon.net>
Reading, Pa USA - Wednesday, July 22, 1998 at 08:56:07 (PDT)
have a 81 pu diesel, 5sp, air, cap, loaded since new, wife just blew motor 230,000. would like to know what diesel motors will bolt right in.
bob butow <nsbutow@rocketmail.com>
easton, pa USA - Tuesday, July 21, 1998 at 10:31:07 (PDT)
I have a hopped up 1.9 td golf that pulls 15.50 in the 1/4 mile (.50 slower than a stock vr6 gti) that i'm trying to go faster with.
mike rolica <hawthorn.brae@sympatico.ca>
strathroy, ont canada - Saturday, June 27, 1998 at 12:04:11 (PDT)
I have a 81 p-u, that I have completely upgraded to to 84 GTI. So needless to say I'm really glad that I found this site. If anyone has any questions about the conversion, feel free to email me.
Lucas A. Gregg <luke@imagina.com>
portland, or USA - Tuesday, June 23, 1998 at 20:10:50 (PDT)
Just installed new rebuilt GEX 1600 diesel in 79 rabbit.
Mike Sadlier <msadlie@pacifier.com>
Woodland, WA USA - Monday, June 01, 1998 at 17:54:00 (PDT)
own a 90 VW Jetta GL wolfbrier, am thinking about buying a 98 diesel Jetta tdi. Have heard that it's expensive to have diesel worked on, excluding oil change and tune up. Am also concerned about engine freeze ups when temperature is over 100 dg or under 35 dg. Live by Monterey CA, any feed back?
jana friedrich <catsrme@salinas.net>
Salinas, CA USA - Saturday, May 30, 1998 at 00:40:59 (PDT)
We have an 81 Rabbit diesel with 275000 on it (engine rebult at 230000) great car. Also an 82 diesel pickup & 82 Westy diesel.A friend has an 81 diesel PU for sale for about $1000, drop a line if interested.I'm putting an 83 Quantum TD engine in the Vanagon. Has anyone out an intercooler on this setup? Sounds like it may add 10 to 20 HP. Can anyone tell me what kind of intercooler to use? Thanks Bob
Bob Gruber <gruber4423v@webtv.net>
Spanaway , Wa USA - Thursday, May 28, 1998 at 10:41:57 (PDT)
Nice site! good info. Thanks
Jim Quick <vwghia@triton.net>
Spring Lake, Mi USA - Monday, May 18, 1998 at 05:55:17 (PDT)
I am currently driving a 86 Jetta Diesel for about 7 months. Geting an TDI New Beetle for my son. I would like to see if I could lay my hands on a pick up with Diesel in it. Hopefully, I can find somebody in the group who wants to part with his or hers Caddy (that's what you call right?). Let me know, if you do. Thanks.
James Chien <jchien@rice.edu>
Sugar Land, TX USA - Tuesday, May 12, 1998 at 04:58:12 (PDT)
Great page. Nice to see others out there trying to fix the last of a dying breed.I just bought an 81 rabbit pickup in January it needs some tender loving care shes got 245,000 miles on her and still runs like a champ. I'm still debating whether or not to swicth over to gas or if its worth it to rebuild and add a turbo on the diesel. would like alittle more power to pull a small popup camper.
James Souder <jsouder@pottsville.infi.net>
Pottsville, PA USA - Tuesday, May 05, 1998 at 18:54:04 (PDT)
Nice page! It's nice to see I am not alone with my diesel experiences. I have an '81 pick up and '81 4 door sedan, both diesels. I am currently looking for another engine.
Jim Snyder <jsnyder@davis.com>
Esparto, CA USA - Saturday, April 25, 1998 at 11:56:15 (PDT)
Nice Page ! Last Year i`ve bought my `87 Caddy . It is fully restaurated and painted with the Techno-Violett Color from BMW. Also im the Technical Coordinator from the "VW Team Luxembourg" and i`m searching for Contacts to Caddy-Riders.
Walte Mike <mike@sl.lu>
Luxembourg, LU Luxembourg - Friday, April 17, 1998 at 17:40:00 (PDT)
My dad bought my '82 VW Rabbit deisel new and I've driven it since'96 and me and my dad both agree that it's the toughest, best in the snow(over 4x4's we've owned) all around best car we've driven! Who cares about speed, it goes as fast as you should need to go. I can't wait to get a Bug and some other Vw's but I'll still keep my rabbit!
Dave Shaffer
Collegeville, Pa USA - Friday, March 20, 1998 at 16:36:23 (PST)
My '81 Diesel caddy emerged from the garage under its own power in November; it has just under 48k on it (34k on the current motor; original had bed head bolts and 'blew' at 12k). Past owner let it sit for 6 years, so it needed a LOT of TLC to get going again. Honestly don't know fuel milage, haven't driven more than 200 miles since getting her back on the road!!!
Tony Wirtel <ajwirtel3@aol.com (at least for now)>
Canandaigua, NY USA - Wednesday, March 18, 1998 at 16:37:31 (PST)
I own an 84 GTI and 81 rabbit diesel L the 81 is my daily driver for obvious 55-65mpg reasons. love em both ive had the 81 since 1987 and the gti since 1992.
david <davehatz@hotmail.com>
cincinnati, oh USA - Sunday, March 08, 1998 at 14:57:49 (PST)
Things are tough up here in Canada to finf VW trucks or Transporters. Own 1 Ton deck truck and would like to travel down to the states to pick up vw truck or transpoter in any shape I can be contacted at 306 382 9129.
scott macintosh <no email yet>
saskatoon , sk canada - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 17:19:02 (PST)
Things are tough up here in Canada to finf VW trucks or Transporters. Own 1 Ton deck truck and would like to travel down to the states to pick up vw truck or transpoter in any shape I can be contacted at 306 382 9129.
scott macintosh <no email yet>
saskatoon , sk canada - Saturday, March 07, 1998 at 17:18:23 (PST)
is excellent - I saw Randy's shop orginally on your website. Bye for now
John <jalbrech@novell.com>
Santa Clara, ca USA - Wednesday, February 11, 1998 at 21:20:51 (PST)


I have a 81 gas (currently rebuilding) and a 82 diesel(currently rebuilding extra engine, but my wifes Dasher may get it. The deisel rattles drive me nuts but the 55 mpg makes it my daily drive. Just parted out a rabbit sedan for parts for both.$1500 worth of parts for $100.
Steve Blackham <steph@slkc.uswest.net>
Centerville, Ut USA - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 18:34:37 (PST)


I have a 1982 Rabbit Pickup . Im trying to get together with others for info.,help,talk and fun. Please feel free to email me. Looking for any and all info. that you would like to share. I try to keep a library.
Lewis Grimes <lgrimes@ricochet.net>
San Jose, ca USA - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 17:07:58 (PST)


Well, Mark beat me to the first entry :-( but at least its working. Please feel free to add comments on my VW pages and also any features you would like to see added here.
Roger Brown, P.E. <r.c.brown@ieee.org>
Santa Clara, CA USA - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 17:04:49 (PST)


I drove my truck ('81 LX Diesel ) from '84-'96 as a 52hp diesel and hated the engine's lack of power and the truck's lack of agility. In '97 I fixed it, with a Passat engine, Cabriolet power steering, Koni Rallysport strut /fr. springs & flipped rear springs (2.75"lower, f&r ), front & rear swaybars, stressbars, 15x7 wheels, VW Motorsport engine mounts, carbonfiber brake pads, Corrado seats, etc. Even though I added >100hp< I'm still getting 24-34 mpg, and it's faster than our'95 GTi VR6 ( and handles better). Very nice trucks when properly set up.
Mark Frere <diskret@aol.com>
Hollywood, CA. CA. USA - Tuesday, February 03, 1998 at 16:14:07 (PST)

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