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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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