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Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Gas (1980 - 1983)

VW Rabbit Pick-up Gas

Complete coverage for your vehicle

Written from hands-on experience gained from the complete strip-down and rebuild of a Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Gas, Haynes can help you understand, care for and repair your Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Gas. We do it ourselves to help you do-it-yourself, and whatever your mechanical ability, the practical step-by-step explanations, linked to over 900 photos, will help you get the job done right. Regular servicing and maintenance of your Volkswagen Rabbit Pickup Gas can help maintain its resale value, save you money, and make it safer to drive.


The Volkswagen Rabbit was launched in 1974 as a long-overdue front-wheel-drive replacement for the Volkswagen Beetle. Initially, engines ranged from a gasoline 1.1-liter four-cylinder up to a 74hp 1.6, although the subsequent GTI model had a 108hp 1.6 fitted. The car continued largely unaltered until a facelift in 1980 that gave it larger tail lights, black plastic bumpers and rectangular headlights. Haynes has an extensive range of Volkswagen repair manuals and online maintenance procedures available for professional mechanics and DIY car enthusiasts. The Haynes VW Rabbit repair manual is here to help you through every stage of servicing or fixing your car.