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1981 Volkswagen Rabbit Ratings, Reviews and Analysis

Ratings & Reviews

5 star
aberto writes:
Awesome

the cons; The under dash clogs with leaves and this short out the fuses. the shock towers rust. heaters are a bit weak. The a-pillars are noted for rust. the tail gates need to be lubed a lot. the window wipers tend to snap off.

Safety Ratings and Recalls

Recall Notices

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit (3/1/2006)

Campaign Number: 06E018000
Component Name: SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: CERTAIN HYDRAULIC BRAKE HOSES, P/N 171.611.107B, SOLD AS REPLACEMENT EQUIPMENT FOR 1975-1985 VOLKSWAGEN (VW) RABBIT; 1985-1992 VW GOLF; AND 1980-1992 VW JETTA PASSENGER VEHICLES. POSSIBLE BRAKE HOSE RUPTURE COULD OCCUR WHICH FAILS TO COMPLY WITH THE REQUIREMENTS OF FEDERAL MOTOR VEHICLE SAFETY STANDARD NO. 106, "BRAKE HOSES."
Defect: BRAKE HOSE RUPTURE COULD RESULT IN LOSS OF BRAKING ABILITY, POSSIBLY RESULTING IN A VEHICLE CRASH.
Corrective Action: FOREIGN PARTS DISTRIBUTORS WILL NOTIFY OWNERS AND REPLACE THE BRAKE HOSES WITH COMPLIANT BRAKE HOSES. THE RECALL BEGAN ON MARCH 30, 2006. OWNERS MAY CONTACT FOREIGN PARTS DISTRIBUTORS AT 305-885-8646 EXT. 11.

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit (2/23/1982)

Campaign Number: 82V016000
Component Name: STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: A LOCK NUT WHICH SECURES THE TIE ROD TO THE INNER BALL JOINT OF THE STEERING SYSTEM MAY NOT HAVE BEEN SECURELY FASTENED ON SOME OF THE INVOLVED VEHICLES DURING ASSEMBLY. IF THIS CONDITION EXISTS AND THE VEHICLE IS DRIVEN ALONG POOR ROADS FOR AN EXTENDED PERIOD OF TIME, THE TIE ROD COULD SEPARATE FROM THE STEERING ASSEMBLY.
Defect:
Corrective Action: DEALER WILL CHECK THE LOCK NUT FOR ADEQUATE TIGHTNESS, CORRECTING WHERE NECESSARY.

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit (9/9/1981)

Campaign Number: 81V106000
Component Name: STEERING:LINKAGES:TIE ROD ASSEMBLY
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: THE LEFT AND RIGHT OUTER TIE ROD ENDS OF THE STEERING SYSTEM MAY HAVE CIRCUMFERENTIAL CRACKS DUE TO AN IMPROPER MACHINE SET-UP IN THE MANUFACTURING PROCESS.
Defect:
Corrective Action: THE TIE ROD ENDS WILL BE INSPECTED AND, IF NECESSARY, REPLACED AT NO CHARGE TO OWNER.

1981 Volkswagen Rabbit (5/15/1981)

Campaign Number: 81V058000
Component Name: FUEL SYSTEM, GASOLINE:STORAGE:TANK ASSEMBLY:FILLER PIPE AND CAP
Manufacturer: Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.
Description: ON SOME VEHICLES, THE PRESSURE COULD INCREASE INSIDE THE FUEL TANK FROM HIGH SURROUNDING TEMPERATURES WHEN THE FUEL TANK IS MORE THAN HALF FULL.
Defect:
Corrective Action: DEALER WILL INSTALL A RESTRICTOR VALVE INTO THE FUEL FILLER PIPE, WITHOUT CHARGE TO OWNER.