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Hi! What a great website resource for us diesel addicts. I drive an '82' Caddy with a 1.9l naturally aspirated diesel. This hydraulic engine runs smooth and has lots of torque. It averages about 37 mpg. Thanks for the great site.
Matt Glover <>
Yankee Hill, CA USA - Sunday, December 26, 1999 at 19:35:45 (PST)

Great site! Looking to buy diesel pickup any condition within my area (high desert, Southern California). Also like to talk to anyone who has ever beefed up either the pickup or Rabbit for off-road use.
russ <>
hesperia, ca USA - Thursday, December 09, 1999 at 16:10:06 (PST)

I want a tach in my diesel rebbit. Where can I buy the parts to make one like your's
Chuck Masters <>
Huntsville, AL USA - Wednesday, December 01, 1999 at 08:14:22 (PST)

wanted: bedliner for my 1982 vw pickup, new used whatever new england area
raymond brown <>
haverhill, ma USA - Monday, November 22, 1999 at 12:05:07 (PST)

Free! 1982 diesel shot block,the head worped so i changed the whole engine enging ran good when i took it out no smoke started right up. wife says too many parts around
raymond brown <rbrown2004@aol,com>
haverhill, ma USA - Sunday, November 21, 1999 at 16:51:15 (PST)

Roger's design of an accurate diesel tachometer is very interesting. Thanks Roger for taking time to create these pages. I have an 81 diesel Caddy and still in the process of building an overhead camper that can be electrically raised and lowered so it can fit into a garage. As one might suspect, I will need more power. One option I am considering is taking a trip to Germany and buying a used 1.9 turbodiesel and intercooler and having it shipped back to Seattle. Does anyone think this is a good idea? Any guess as to what a used engine would cost and also the cost for shipping? Also if anyone can suggest a place in Germany to get an engine, hopefully at a port city; Maybe Hamburg? Thanks, email me at:
Milton Kaplan <>
Seattle, WA USA - Monday, November 15, 1999 at 22:45:46 (PST)

Still a great site. Recently turned over 200k in my '91 Jetta ecodiesel. She still runs and looks great. I am still getting 42-44 mpg. I have been using Perfomance Formula for the past 3 years. I also have a '80 diesel p/u with 177k on him. Love both of them. Feel free to contact me. Aloha, Rocky
Rockford J. Holmes <>
Waianae, Hi USA - Saturday, November 13, 1999 at 04:48:59 (PST)

Blij te zien dat er nog VW dieselrijders zijn. Zijn er hier ook die met een Golf III rijden? Ik rij met een TD van 10/96 verlaagd met een in de hoogte verstelbare kit met 4x 8"/15" RH cup wielen. Don't hesitate to mail me
Uyttendaele Frank <>
GENT, Belgium - Sunday, November 07, 1999 at 22:54:54 (PST)

I have a 1983 Scirroco with a 1.7L gas engine. i also have an 86 diesel engine. i would like to put the diesel engine into my scirroco. does anyone have any experience with a swap like this? or does anyone no of any problems i might run into? if anyone has any ideas let me know, i really want to make this happen! thanks!
Mark Jeffrey <>
Hamilton, On Canada - Sunday, November 07, 1999 at 21:54:18 (PST)

FOR SALE- I have a 1989 VW Jetta Diesel. It is a great little car- it already has 193,000 miles on it and it is still running GREAT. I get 41 miles per gallon, which is great. Unfortunatley, I have to sell it, since I am getting a station wagon. If anyone is interested, it is white with grey interior. It has A/C and cruise control, but they need repair. It has a pop-up sunroof, power steering, AM/FM stereo with tape player... more... The body is in good shape too. I'm asking $2,000. The blue book value, even with 193,000 miles, is about $2,400. If you're interested e-mail me.
ANZie <>
Sherman, CT USA - Saturday, November 06, 1999 at 09:12:58 (PST)

Looking for a 79 TD Diesel Rabbit. When I graduated from high school that was my first car. I've regretted selling it from day 1. I'd be happy with a 79 Diesel PU as well. I wish this page was available when I was working on my Rabbit, I learned quite a few mistakes with that car. Great site!
Mike <>
Prescott, AZ USA - Saturday, October 30, 1999 at 09:49:30 (PDT)

Nice Page! I just started restoring my Diesel Rabbit which has 310,000 miles on it. I've started a web page documenting the whole process. My family has always had Diesel VW's. We've had 2 Rabbits and an '80 pickup. The Rabbit I'm restoring was purchased new by my father in 1981, and has given great service. VW Diesels rule!!
Loveland, CO USA - Thursday, October 21, 1999 at 17:42:56 (PDT)

I have a 1982 Volvo 240 diesel, which has a non-turbocharged VW 6-cyl 2.4L engine in it. With 265K on the car, I'm getting oil seepage out the intake ducting, but seems thinner than pure oil (maybe diesel + oil mix). Plus, I hear a ticking sound that sounds like a stuck injector??? What is the source of oil passing back through the engine and out the intake? Also, any advice on VW diesel cylinder heads with small cracks between the I & E valves? Volvo manual says this is okay. Any help would be appreciated.
Tom Kadesch <>
Damascus, MD USA - Sunday, October 17, 1999 at 10:21:08 (PDT)

Boy Roger your Web Site is comeing along great! Keep up the great work! We need to try to have a Get together soon. Lewis
Lewis Grimes < or>
San Jose, Ca USA - Sunday, October 03, 1999 at 13:31:55 (PDT)

I seem to have an underpreforming alternator on my 1982 1.6 diesel. I get only aprox 13.2 volts from the alt which doesn't keep the battery fully charged. Especially important on cold winter mornings when crank time is extended to get the engine to start. Anyone have a similar problem or know how to boost the alt output via a different regulator perhaps?
Dave Roadman <>
medford, or USA - Thursday, September 30, 1999 at 01:01:33 (PDT)

I just got the call from me VW Dealer. My Yellow TDI Beetle has arrived in the Port Of Houston. I pick the car up in the morning. I order this car back in July. I'm like a kid on Christmas Eve….
Dave Amundson <>
Houston, TX USA - Tuesday, September 28, 1999 at 17:35:53 (PDT)

Hi All, I have a 1981 VW pickup diesel with 190K on it, run out pretty well except for alittle air getting in the fuel system. Looked under the truck were the fuel lines connect to the fuel tank and realized they were rotted out. If anyone could steer me in the right direction for new ones id appreciate it. My biggest problem lies finding a line that has one end bigger than the other(steel fuel line is smaller than the right nipple comming out of the fuel tank. GREAT SITE ROGER!!!!
Richard Katz <>
Annapolis, MD USA - Monday, September 27, 1999 at 21:03:17 (PDT)

Site is about vegetable / seed oil diesel and alcohol fuel lobbying. Farm fuels or fossil fuels? Choose non-drug industrial hemp and other viable farm fuels.
Gary Thomas <>
Puyallup , WA USA - Monday, September 27, 1999 at 20:29:09 (PDT)

Hello, it has been about 6 months sence my engine was rebuilt. I peaked in mpg at 56.6, and now sence its been broken in I'm getting a steady 43.7 mpg. Does anybody know how to increase the mpg on my '83 diesel, 43.7 is ok but I want better.
Russ McCurdy <>
Salem, Or USA - Friday, September 24, 1999 at 18:12:28 (PDT)

anyone purchased and drove one of the 2000 gli turbo diesels in the golf? interested in one; any pros and cons would be appreciated
ron <>
reno, nv USA - Monday, September 20, 1999 at 21:31:56 (PDT)

Great resource site!
Sean P. Goodwin <>
San Luis Obispo, CA USA - Monday, September 13, 1999 at 16:04:55 (PDT)

have three cars but favorite is 86 diesel.use rotella shelloil..
mtmuller <mtmuller@dellnet>
vienna, va USA - Wednesday, September 08, 1999 at 20:28:20 (PDT)

Good site. There is also a VW "Diesel Mailing List" on the net where you can sign onto and ask several "experts" about all kinds of VW diesel stuff. Even about problems you never see in the shop manuals. You may also contribute as you like. To sign on, send an e-mail to "". In the message body, type "subscribe diesel" You'll get an e-mail confirmation with the rules. To begin communicating with the diesel list, send e-mail messages to "" --Nate Wall, '85 Jetta Turbo Diesel.
Nate Wall <>
Springfield, VA USA - Tuesday, September 07, 1999 at 11:15:50 (PDT)

don kirk <>
OR USA - Sunday, September 05, 1999 at 18:17:32 (PDT)

Hi All, Here is a big help when taking off the diesel filter. Take the nuts off that hold the filter and turn the filter up side down on it then put the nuts back on. This way you do not have to hold it and fight it. I them put a oil filter weanch on it and it comes right off. Works nice Lewis Still love to here from others.
Lewis Grimes <>
San Jose, CA USA - Thursday, September 02, 1999 at 19:29:53 (PDT)

I now have two (mostly) complete diesel engines (in parts). If anyone needs specific items, let me know via email. I also have a 1984 Rabbit 2 door for sale. Engine is out but the body and interior is in GREAT SHAPE!
Mateo Offe <>
Lemoore, ca USA - Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 21:20:24 (PDT)

Just got an '82 Diesel Rabbit Pickup, broken engine, moldy interior, but nice body with original silver paint, sliding rear window, and A/C. I'm new to diesels but it makes so much sense that it looked like a great project. Your site has a huge amount of information - thanks! I'm out looking for a good engine.
Joe Everly <>
Union Bridge, MD USA - Tuesday, August 10, 1999 at 19:45:11 (PDT)

Just got my first diesel caddy in fairly good shape (2 bananas) and started surfing for similar diesel heads like us. Great page, keep it up and if anyone has words of wisdom to pass on, excluding "get rid of it while you still have a chance" email me at Gracias! Mateo Anesthetist to the aviators
Mateo Offe <>
Lemoore, CA USA - Monday, August 09, 1999 at 22:12:16 (PDT)

Have a 1997 Jetta Turbodiesel. Would like info. on how to add intercooler (what parts needed etc.). With the 34 degree C weather we have been experiencing the car is REAL slow. Thanks Thanks
Bruce Wilson <>
ON Canada - Tuesday, August 03, 1999 at 18:10:27 (PDT)

Check out this site for Glow Plugs. A direct link is:
Teresa <>
USA - Thursday, July 29, 1999 at 18:51:53 (PDT)

can u send me about slider crank experiment detail
ahmad shahir mohd yunus <>
shah alam, malaysia - Wednesday, July 28, 1999 at 17:39:47 (PDT)

Neat page!I own a 81 VW pick up.From front fenders forward it is 83GTI.Would like to know if there is any later year vw pickups in the USA? I also have a 87 Golf GT has a few mods!
Dennis Froelich <>
Sturgis, Michigan USA - Sunday, July 25, 1999 at 08:18:04 (PDT)

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 <>
Yardville, NJ USA - Monday, July 12, 1999 at 16:14:51 (PDT)

Looking for a 96 or 97 Passat Wagon diesel. Contact me at
mark <>
Stratford, CT USA - Wednesday, June 30, 1999 at 20:35:50 (PDT)

John Kuremsky <>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:41:24 (PDT)

John Kuremsky <>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:40:57 (PDT)

John Kuremsky <>
Quakertown, pa USA - Monday, June 28, 1999 at 14:39:55 (PDT)

John Kuremsky <>
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 < or>
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 < or>
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 < or>
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 <>
Las Vegas, nvUSA USA - Tuesday, June 15, 1999 at 18:41:23 (PDT)

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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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.(
Mark Krauss <>
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 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
Bill Kelly <>
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 <>
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
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
Tehachapi, CA USA - Tuesday, April 06, 1999 at 21:19:17 (PDT)

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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
cleveland, oh USA - Sunday, February 07, 1999 at 17:52:28 (PST)

I just turned 301,000 miles two days ago. Wow!
Matt Wurm <>
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. :):):)
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 <>
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 <>
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
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 <>
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 <>
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: Hope this helps --Nate Wall
Nate Wall <>
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 <>
Minooka, IL USA - Saturday, January 23, 1999 at 22:40:56 (PST)

Caddy Holland Welkom.
Cor <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
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 <>
Baltimore, MD USA - Thursday, January 07, 1999 at 15:18:38 (PST)

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