Used Car of the Day: 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey

used car of the day 1984 volkswagen rabbit gti

We're going hatchback today with this 1984 Volkswagen Rabbit GTI.

This car has a manual transmission and the seller, who has owned the car for six years, says it appears the mileage is accurate at 164K and that it appears the car has been well maintained and hasn't needed a major service.

The seller says the interior has been restored and has the original radio player, but the A/C is not connected and the rear wiper doesn't work.

Apparently, the body is rust-free. The seller says there is a box of spare parts, and the car is all stock except for a Neuspeed upper strut bar and Euro-style bumpers.

This Maryland-based ride is on sale for $10,500. Click here to check it out.

[Images: Seller]

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  • Golden2husky Golden2husky on Aug 15, 2023

    This is the very model that turned me on to the joys of driving a car that actually handled well. Thank you to my older brother for lending it to me for 2 months when he was in Nepal back in the day!

    • FreedMike FreedMike on Aug 15, 2023

      This. The O.G. GTI wasn't fast by any means (well, it was by 1983 standards), but it was an absolute joy to drive hard. It was light and tossable, and offered the kind of direct, unfiltered road feel that you just don't get much of today. I'd love to have one.

  • Wjtinfwb Wjtinfwb on Aug 15, 2023

    Nostalgia is a wonderful thing... allows us to remember times and things much more fondly than was the actual experience. I get chills every time I see a '79 Trans Am. Then remember what a horrendous owner experience it was and that a Honda Odyssey would leave it in the dust today. Same with these GTI's, the PA built VWs were between awful and terrible, depending on your definition. And the GTI's, while better in their day than most anything else (Escort GT, anyone?), they're pretty miserable compared to a more modern day ride. If you're buying to relive your childhood, great. If you're buying because you remember it being a fantastic car...

  • Tassos Your title says FORD to offer blah blah, but on the photo there is a DAMNED KIA instead What gives?
  • Dukeisduke There were aftermarket ac/c systems for these - they used a plastic duct with vents that sat atop the transmission tunnel.
  • GrumpyOldMan I had a '73 for around 18 years. It had a foot operated windshield washer pump, four grease fittings (one on each each door hinge), and coil spring rear/transverse leaf front suspension. No trunk, but a good size luggage area behind the seats. Almost made it to 200K miles, but the tin worm got it.
  • Dukeisduke As far as I'm concerned, the jury's still out on the new Tacoma. I've read about too many new Tundras with mechanical problems like failed wastegates. I'm not confident these won't have similar teething problems. Toyota should just stay away from turbos.
  • TheDrake I owned a ‘69 GT back in the mid seventies and it was a great little car. The 1.9 liter engine in a rwd car that weighed around 2,000 lbs made for a fun ride. Maybe the best handling car I ever drove, felt like it was on rails.