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    Thread: Original 1984 VW Rabbit GTI w/ only 517 miles???

    1. Member rohman's Avatar
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      10-08-2009 11:57 AM #1
      I saw this in the classifieds and clicked the ebay link. I didn't think such a thing would exist!! I hope it goes to a good home.

      http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...f355e


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      10-08-2009 12:00 PM #2
      Damn.

      What kind of maintenance initially will have to be performed to get it running, when stuff sits for a long time you could have potentially more problems right?

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      10-08-2009 12:01 PM #3
      Damn. Assuming I could drive it home, I'd double the mileage getting it here!

      I would imagine it will go for more than $5100.00, though.

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      10-08-2009 12:02 PM #4
      How much does anyone want to bet the guy who buys it will slam, stretch, poke, rust and roofrack it to within an inch of its life?
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      10-08-2009 12:03 PM #5
      but do you drive it then? low low miles are overated.
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      10-08-2009 12:03 PM #6
      Quote, originally posted by Blitz16v »
      Damn.

      What kind of maintenance initially will have to be performed to get it running, when stuff sits for a long time you could have potentially more problems right?

      Absolutely. Change all fluids, including brake fluid. Test brakes (press pedal as hard as you can for extended period) for leaks/failures, do tune up, drive home and pray you make it.


      Modified by Air and water do mix at 12:05 PM 10-8-2009

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      10-08-2009 12:04 PM #7
      I'm high bidder, posted in the a1 classifieds too...

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      10-08-2009 12:05 PM #8
      wow... That is cool
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      10-08-2009 12:06 PM #9
      Quote, originally posted by mikeferg75 »
      I'm high bidder, posted in the a1 classifieds too...

      Good luck. (not being smart, I just think it will go higher)

      If you get her, take it easy until you have it sorted out.

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    10. 10-08-2009 12:07 PM #10
      Quote, originally posted by VarianceVQ »
      How much does anyone want to bet the guy who buys it will slam, stretch, poke, rust and roofrack it to within an inch of its life?

      That would be a shame, considering it is in such original condition. Not gonna lie though i would re-work the suspension and keep the original parts if i ever wanted to go back to original. But other than that i would keep it as is!


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      10-08-2009 12:08 PM #11
      yeah, I'm prepared to go higher...

      not sure how much this one should be driven, hate to say it, but it should be preserved, with exercise miles only.


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      10-08-2009 12:11 PM #12
      ugghhh wish I had the cash. I'd love to own that thing.
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      10-08-2009 12:11 PM #13
      Quote, originally posted by Blitz16v »
      Damn.

      What kind of maintenance initially will have to be performed to get it running, when stuff sits for a long time you could have potentially more problems right?

      I'd love to hear from someone who has actually done it. I think this is mostly a myth. My guess is that you could change the fluids and go have fun.

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      10-08-2009 12:11 PM #14
      amazing. I want this bad.
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      10-08-2009 12:15 PM #15
      I'd slap on historic plates and make it my 'sunny day when it's either too cold or too hot to enjoy the aircooled' car.
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      10-08-2009 12:15 PM #16
      Beautiful and one-of-a-kind...I'm going to guess the final price ends up somewhere in the $10K range. Fortunately when you talk about ones in this condition, and at price points that get up that high (relative to what a more typical example would sell for), your buyers generally end up being actual enthusiasts who have a love for the vehicle as it sits, rather than some kid who is interested in hacking it up...more like 40-year-old guys who had one of these in high school and have fond memories of it.

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      10-08-2009 12:27 PM #17
      Quote, originally posted by retro_rocket »
      Beautiful and one-of-a-kind...I'm going to guess the final price ends up somewhere in the $10K range. Fortunately when you talk about ones in this condition, and at price points that get up that high (relative to what a more typical example would sell for), your buyers generally end up being actual enthusiasts who have a love for the vehicle as it sits, rather than some kid who is interested in hacking it up...more like 40-year-old guys who had one of these in high school and have fond memories of it.

      I would think that it will go for $18-20k if the right buyer(Leno-type) appears.


    18. 10-08-2009 12:36 PM #18
      Quote, originally posted by VarianceVQ »
      How much does anyone want to bet the guy who buys it will slam, stretch, poke, rust and roofrack it to within an inch of its life?

      id probably drop it if i bought it... but then again... im not a real car enthusiast because im not 40 years old and keep it the exact way... although i did have one in high school


      Modified by GTI Fish 7 at 9:39 AM 10-8-2009


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      10-08-2009 12:43 PM #19
      Whats the point of buying something thats meant to be driven and not drive it?

      Buy a GTI for 500 bucks with 200k miles on it and have fun with it.

      Why buy a car for 10k thats worth 1k dollars?


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      10-08-2009 12:43 PM #20
      I am going to keep track of this one

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      10-08-2009 12:45 PM #21
      I will be bidding!!!

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      10-08-2009 12:46 PM #22
      I was thinking that it would gor fro around 6-7k before I clicked on the link. But seeing that it is already at $5600 with 6 days left I think ~10k will be the final price.
      What a great car. I really hope it goes to a correct home

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      10-08-2009 12:49 PM #23
      Quote, originally posted by tyrolkid »

      I would think that it will go for $18-20k if the right buyer(Leno-type) appears.


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      10-08-2009 12:49 PM #24
      Still high bidder, sent some Q's off to the seller along with my cell, no response yet.

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      10-08-2009 12:53 PM #25
      Must...resist...urge ...to...bid...
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      10-08-2009 01:00 PM #26
      Quote, originally posted by g60rabbit »
      Whats the point of buying something thats meant to be driven and not drive it?

      Why buy a car for 10k thats worth 1k dollars?

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      10-08-2009 01:01 PM #27
      I'm sort of at a loss as to why this is a desirable item other than of the novelty of it's low mileage.

      It's not like it's a rare car. This is essentially like finding an 82 prelude with the same amount of miles. They aren't rare and at the end of the day, it's a Volkswagen, not a 356A. Sure it's in great shape but if you plan on keeping the only saving grace about it (the low miles), you can't drive it and anyone who spends more than 5k on it to just let it sit is an idiot.

      And if you buy it mainly for it being in great, pristine shape, there are several (much better) examples in the classifieds already, at half the price and are ready to be enjoyed and actually driven.

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    28. 10-08-2009 01:10 PM #28
      Quote, originally posted by Joey Russo »


      You are high. Very very high.

      Hes not that far off. A practically new Scirocco on here sold for high and VAG was the winner. heard it went to a museum.


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      10-08-2009 01:15 PM #29
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      10-08-2009 01:18 PM #30
      I sense someone, whoever buys this will have instant buyers remorse.

      You know when the thing arrives at your house all clean and what not. You will look at your pride and joy and just be super happy.

      Then the thing gets unloaded off the flatbed, then you relise the only way to keep it in this shape is if infact you buy the flat bed so you can drive it to shows ect to show off your low mileage economy sport hatchback.

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      10-08-2009 01:20 PM #31
      Quote, originally posted by Joey Russo »
      I'm sort of at a loss as to why this is a desirable item other than of the novelty of it's low mileage.

      It's not like it's a rare car. This is essentially like finding an 82 prelude with the same amount of miles. They aren't rare and at the end of the day, it's a Volkswagen, not a 356A. Sure it's in great shape but if you plan on keeping the only saving grace about it (the low miles), you can't drive it and anyone who spends more than 5k on it to just let it sit is an idiot.

      And if you buy it mainly for it being in great, pristine shape, there are several (much better) examples in the classifieds already, at half the price and are ready to be enjoyed and actually driven.

      When is the last time you saw an '82 prelude? It has been a while, for me.

      The same thing can be said about countless cars of american descent who found their ways into people's hearts and are now sought-after classic. What, are cars built after 1980 never going to go that route?


    32. 10-08-2009 01:25 PM #32
      Keeping track of this one...
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    33. 10-08-2009 01:26 PM #33
      Man I would LOVE to own that thing, but i would feel like a jerk for putting more miles on it.

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      10-08-2009 01:28 PM #34
      Quote, originally posted by Joey Russo »
      I'm sort of at a loss as to why this is a desirable item other than of the novelty of it's low mileage.

      It's not like it's a rare car. This is essentially like finding an 82 prelude with the same amount of miles. They aren't rare and at the end of the day, it's a Volkswagen, not a 356A. Sure it's in great shape but if you plan on keeping the only saving grace about it (the low miles), you can't drive it and anyone who spends more than 5k on it to just let it sit is an idiot.

      http://www.conceptcarz.com/veh...2&i=8

      Well these were more numerous than this and they command decent prices(restored examples I'm sure) and are still going up every year. Even later(more numerous) models I see somtimes command in the high teens, especially in this condition. The GTI is, to certain people like myself, just as big an icon as the Beetle. They will eventually get there as long as someone will pay it. Never for mine unfortunately, but for original, clean examples.

      If we all recall this delightful, popcorn munching, bagel infused thread, the example therein went for $5800 at 31000 miles.

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      10-08-2009 01:31 PM #35
      Quote, originally posted by g60rabbit »
      Whats the point of buying something thats meant to be driven and not drive it?

      Buy a GTI for 500 bucks with 200k miles on it and have fun with it.

      Why buy a car for 10k thats worth 1k dollars?

      it really depends on what you want it for. I love a beat rabbit to beat on just as much as the next guy, but this is something very different, People spend year searching all over to restore old cars that have meaning to them to factory specs..

      if this is really what is being described, its worth every penny and then some in my book.

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