How can I learn how to work on my new 30-year-old VW Rabbit (Diesel)?
August 17, 2012 1:42 PM Subscribe
Best shop manuals and online forums for vintage VW Diesel Rabbit owners?
posted by seasparrow to Travel & Transportation (6 answers total) 2 users marked this as a favorite
I'm the next recent owner of a 30-year-old Volkswagen Diesel Rabbit. Are there any passionate VW drivers out there who can point me towards the best books (especially shop manuals) and online resources? I'm looking for something like brickboard
but for older VWs, not Volvos obviously. Or good blogs about working on cars, or learning to be a shade-tree diesel monkey, or even good website recommendations for parts. I'm excited to try and learn the basics for this vehicle, although I've heard that German cars are a pain in the neck to work on. "Everything is upside down and backwards and wired up funny and if you think the job will take an afternoon, it will probably take four days," seems to be the consensus so far. If it matters, I'm in the USA's Pacific Northwest. Most of my mechanical tinkering has been in the military, so now I'm excited to do this finally for fun. The vehicle in question is a 1983 four-door model, with the 1.6L diesel engine. This is a four-door hatchback, but mechanically very similar to the "Caddy" truck that VW produced, so I expect a lot of resources for the two would overlap. Thanks for your help!