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    Thread: 1983 VW Rabbit GTI For Sale - MI

    1. 03-26-2012 01:59 PM #1
      It's a sad day, but I unfortunately must part with my favorite toy. I've had it for 18 years and it was last painted in 1990. The car has been to quite a few car shows in MI. There is so much to list on this car, I can give a quick break down - if you want more, please email me or call me.

      * 2.0 liter
      * 35734.3 miles
      * Ported intake and head
      * European down pipe and manifold with a 2" stainless steel exhaust
      * Ronal RC-10 turbo wheels (which are now out of production)
      * Billstein shocks with new speed lowering springs
      * Heavier sway bars, front and rear
      * 4-point row cage
      * Ricaro racing seat - which matches the stock interior (red)
      * Sound system you wouldn't believe
      * BBS full-body kit
      * Upper and lower stress bar in front
      * Cross-drilled front rotors with stainless steel brake lines in the front
      * Interior is near perfect
      * Exterior is black with a stripe that fades from yellow to red (nice thin stripe)
      * Much more...

      Pictures are upon request - the website is not allowing me to add pics at this time (I'm new to this website). This car has rarely seen rain - never seen snow! It has been stored for 2 years - indoors, covered, and on carpet with being started periodically.

      This is not a normal Rabbit - it IS a one of a kind. I would love to find another VW car lover - I want it to go to a good home.

      Plus, if the purchase price is close to the asking price - I have a garage of parts that can go with the car. I.e., stock driver seat, extra motor, head, etc.

      Price: $9,800 O.B.O.
      Contact me via email or my cell (810-813-5197, Jeff)
      Last edited by mk1jeff; 03-28-2012 at 05:40 PM.

    2. 03-26-2012 02:21 PM #2
      Pics are posted on Craigslist - you can see it there if interested.

      http://detroit.craigslist.org/mcb/cto/2923454688.html

    3. 03-27-2012 10:56 PM #3
      it looks great and clean... but "one of a kind" and for 10.8k? can you justify these in any way? seems a LOT more than any other mki rabbit.

    4. 03-27-2012 10:57 PM #4




      some pic help.

    5. 03-27-2012 11:49 PM #5
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      It's a sad day, but I unfortunately must part with my favorite toy. I've had it for 18 years and it was last painted in 1990. The car has been to quite a few car shows in MI. There is so much to list on this car, I can give a quick break down - if you want more, please email me or call me.

      * 2.0 liter
      * Ported intake and head
      * European down pipe and manifold with a 2" stainless steel exhaust
      * Ronal RC-10 turbo wheels (which are now out of production)
      * Billstein shocks with new speed lowering springs
      * Heavier sway bars, front and rear
      * 4-point row cage
      * Ricaro racing seat - which matches the stock interior (red)
      * Sound system you wouldn't believe
      * BBS full-body kit
      * Upper and lower stress bar in front
      * Cross-drilled front rotors with stainless steel brake lines in the front
      * Interior is near perfect
      * Exterior is black with a stripe that fades from yellow to red (nice thin stripe)
      * Much more...

      Pictures are upon request - the website is not allowing me to add pics at this time (I'm new to this website). This car has rarely seen rain - never seen snow! It has been stored for 2 years - indoors, covered, and on carpet with being started periodically.

      This is not a normal Rabbit - it IS a one of a kind. I would love to find another VW car lover - I want it to go to a good home.

      Plus, if the purchase price is close to the asking price - I have a garage of parts that can go with the car. I.e., stock driver seat, extra motor, head, etc.

      Price: $10,800 O.B.O.
      Contact me via email or my cell (810-813-5197, Jeff)
      also, few corrections:

      -ronal r10 wheels
      -bilstein shocks
      -neuspeed springs
      -heavier sway bars? do you mean thicker?
      -recaro seats

      i'm not particularly familiar with MKI's so someone more familiar can comment on the rest.
      Last edited by Dybz; 03-27-2012 at 11:51 PM.

    6. 03-28-2012 05:38 PM #6
      Thanks for the pic help.

      The sway bars a bigger diameter to stiffen it even more on the car. The one on the back now is a 25 mm, and I have a spare 28mm. It's stiffer than stock, front and rear, it's meant to handle. I used to autocross the car (when I first got it), so, this made it better for handling.

      I believe this is a one of a kind. In all of my years involved with Volkswagens (which has spanned over 37 years), I haven't seen one done like this and be this clean/taken care of - and being driven.

      Just in the suspension, there's $2000 and the wheels is another $1200 - which you cannot even get anymore. The stereo system is worth at least $3000+. It has low miles on it (35,000 or so). Yeah, I can justify a lot with this car.

      I didn't know where to start with the price on the car, so, I'll be dropping the price to $9,800.

    7. 03-28-2012 10:32 PM #7
      night bump

      Surprised I'm not having more interest. Am I doing something wrong?

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      03-29-2012 04:23 PM #8
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      night bump

      Surprised I'm not having more interest. Am I doing something wrong?
      I'll help. First off, very nice car. It looks to be in excellent condition, but your ad doesn't really justify why you're asking this much for the car. You have to be in detail spec about any and everything. 3 pictures for a car you want $9,800 is not gonna help anyone. You need pics of the exterior from every single corner, interior pics, more engine shots in detail, and especially undercarriage shots. A video of the car helps too with it running and driving, but is not really required. A rabbit where someone wants $9,800 for to me would have rare parts on it, a built motor, low miles, clean beyond belief and no rust whatsoever. I hope this helps. Good luck with your sale

    9. 03-29-2012 05:24 PM #9
      Quote Originally Posted by honkey View Post
      you're asking way too much
      ok well, what you think the car is worth, I have seen junk/stock rabbit GTI's go for 3000 plus dollars and this is no JUNK car , Im not saying mine is the best car out there, but it is pretty dam nice, so tell me what you think....

    10. 03-29-2012 05:26 PM #10
      Quote Originally Posted by DjBij099 View Post
      I'll help. First off, very nice car. It looks to be in excellent condition, but your ad doesn't really justify why you're asking this much for the car. You have to be in detail spec about any and everything. 3 pictures for a car you want $9,800 is not gonna help anyone. You need pics of the exterior from every single corner, interior pics, more engine shots in detail, and especially undercarriage shots. A video of the car helps too with it running and driving, but is not really required. A rabbit where someone wants $9,800 for to me would have rare parts on it, a built motor, low miles, clean beyond belief and no rust whatsoever. I hope this helps. Good luck with your sale
      Hay thanks man I will get more pix of the car like you said over the weekend if the weather is nice and thanks again this helps.

    11. 03-29-2012 05:26 PM #11
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      ok well, what you think the car is worth, I have seen junk/stock rabbit GTI's go for 3000 plus dollars and this is no JUNK car , Im not saying mine is the best car out there, but it is pretty dam nice, so tell me what you think....
      you need to post more details like guy above said. you say "sound system you wouldn't believe"... i can believe this sound system:



      doesn't mean i'ld want it.

    12. 03-29-2012 05:27 PM #12
      kind of what i was getting at with "can you justify the price?"...

    13. 03-29-2012 10:35 PM #13
      Quote Originally Posted by Dybz View Post
      kind of what i was getting at with "can you justify the price?"...
      ok good one,my sound system dont look like that,I didnt go for that look, I went for sound and clarity, so ok, I will get more pix up soon then.

    14. 03-30-2012 03:05 PM #14
      Quote Originally Posted by honkey View Post
      i'd say 5 grand at the most. you'll never get what you have into it or even close to that. just because people try to sell logs of crap here for 3 grand doesn't always mean they get that for it. alot of people either settle for less or find a sucker.
      DUDE ouch, thanks for the kick in the nuts, not to be a prick but the car is way worth more than that i would sell the wheels ,tires and the sound system for around that, I paid that for the car 18 or so years ago, cause of the way the car is and the shape it was in and still in , too bad a lot of the guys don't live hear in mi to see the car in person ,then things would change alot.

    15. 03-30-2012 03:52 PM #15
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      DUDE ouch, thanks for the kick in the nuts, not to be a prick but the car is way worth more than that i would sell the wheels ,tires and the sound system for around that, I paid that for the car 18 or so years ago, cause of the way the car is and the shape it was in and still in , too bad a lot of the guys don't live hear in mi to see the car in person ,then things would change alot.
      you'll get more $$ by parting a car out than selling it as one piece. it's always like that when modding. you keep saying it's worth all this money, but like others and myself have said... justify your claims. pictures, descriptions, specific on what kind of parts are installed, etc.

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      03-30-2012 06:11 PM #16
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      DUDE ouch, thanks for the kick in the nuts, not to be a prick but the car is way worth more than that i would sell the wheels ,tires and the sound system for around that, I paid that for the car 18 or so years ago, cause of the way the car is and the shape it was in and still in , too bad a lot of the guys don't live hear in mi to see the car in person ,then things would change alot.
      Where in Michigan are you located? If it's near by I'd love to come check it out. Id love to compare it to the nearly rust free 46k mile rabbit I purchased last summer for $2300.

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      03-30-2012 06:14 PM #17
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      DUDE ouch, thanks for the kick in the nuts, not to be a prick but the car is way worth more than that i would sell the wheels ,tires and the sound system for around that, I paid that for the car 18 or so years ago, cause of the way the car is and the shape it was in and still in , too bad a lot of the guys don't live hear in mi to see the car in person ,then things would change alot.
      Then part the car out. You NEVER get back what you put into a car when you sell it. Period.
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    18. 03-30-2012 08:07 PM #18
      Quote Originally Posted by 90Foxbox View Post
      Where in Michigan are you located? If it's near by I'd love to come check it out. Id love to compare it to the nearly rust free 46k mile rabbit I purchased last summer for $2300.
      I live in warren, just let me know we can figure something out of to meet at the house. no problem with that. And i will have my cabriolet and we can compare the two also it has 75 thou on it, and i have the window sticker also, and a guy that i know, would give me 6500 for it when im ready, if the GTI goes.

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      03-30-2012 09:38 PM #19
      mismatched seats, aftermarket sunroof? hmmm...
      stereo stuff is worth nothing to someone really interested in a gti for what its meant for..might as well pull it and sell it. Those ronals are pretty common, and sold for $99 a piece new all the time.
      Car mods are not an investment..so expect vary little % of what you paid back in a sale..esp. on a VW.
      It looks clean..but says your from MI, so undercarriage pics are mandatory + body kits hide rust. Dunno..without seeing it in person...I think 5k is pretty good for fairly standard late model gti with a few normal mods.
      MADSPEED

    20. 03-30-2012 11:37 PM #20
      Quote Originally Posted by kweetech View Post
      mismatched seats, aftermarket sunroof? hmmm...
      stereo stuff is worth nothing to someone really interested in a gti for what its meant for..might as well pull it and sell it. Those ronals are pretty common, and sold for $99 a piece new all the time.
      Car mods are not an investment..so expect vary little % of what you paid back in a sale..esp. on a VW.
      It looks clean..but says your from MI, so undercarriage pics are mandatory + body kits hide rust. Dunno..without seeing it in person...I think 5k is pretty good for fairly standard late model gti with a few normal mods.
      Mismactched seats? The driver's seat is a ricaro seat matched to the factory color. You want the stock seat? I have that too - its perfect. If you can find me some of the ronal's let me know, they don't make them any more. And, if they are so common, how come I never see them at the car shows I've been at? Yeah the car is in Mich - that don't mean it's a rust bucket. The body kit is not there to hide rust -- give me a break. Why don't you come look at it and then tell me.
      ok, what's wrong with an aftermarket sun roof? It was on the car when I got it and it's a lot nicer than a stock one. Man, what is the prob? You guys jump all over a rabbit for 2500 -3000 bucks and its a POS, so here is a nice one and you guys think I'm trying to rip you guys off. I have nothing to hide on this car, so all you guys can say what you think that's fine. So if I still have the car or decide to keep it, and if you ever come to Mich and see it at a VW car show, you will say, oh DAM that's the car that I said he should sell it for 5000 obo. Boy was I wrong.
      I also have a 89 cabriolet that is all mostly stock and I show it also and its rust free and near perfect and it is hear in MI. Want pix up but don't know how to do it on this forum. Need to see it in person 'nuff said.... So if you can find one like this go buy it. I'm not being a jerk - I just stick up for what I know, so if this offends anybody I'm sorry.

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      03-30-2012 11:58 PM #21
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      I live in warren, just let me know we can figure something out of to meet at the house. no problem with that. And i will have my cabriolet and we can compare the two also it has 75 thou on it, and i have the window sticker also, and a guy that i know, would give me 6500 for it when im ready, if the GTI goes.
      Warren, cool that's not too far away. Are you gonna come out to Motorstadt or Euro Hanger later this year? Or do you ever cruise out to Woodward?


    22. 03-31-2012 02:00 AM #22
      Quote Originally Posted by 90Foxbox View Post
      Warren, cool that's not too far away. Are you gonna come out to Motorstadt or Euro Hanger later this year? Or do you ever cruise out to Woodward?

      Ya we are not to far at all, I haven't been doing too much with the car showes in the past 2 yrs but all this car thing has me fired up, so if I keep the car I will be doing shows. Use to go on Woodward,hear and there, but I mostly go out here on gra**** ( you know the road ) . If I keep the car I have a few more things I want to do to it. We have to check out the cars since we are not far when the weather breaks.

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      03-31-2012 02:42 PM #23
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      Mismactched seats? The driver's seat is a ricaro seat matched to the factory color. You want the stock seat? I have that too - its perfect. If you can find me some of the ronal's let me know, they don't make them any more. And, if they are so common, how come I never see them at the car shows I've been at? Yeah the car is in Mich - that don't mean it's a rust bucket. The body kit is not there to hide rust -- give me a break. Why don't you come look at it and then tell me.
      ok, what's wrong with an aftermarket sun roof? It was on the car when I got it and it's a lot nicer than a stock one. Man, what is the prob? You guys jump all over a rabbit for 2500 -3000 bucks and its a POS, so here is a nice one and you guys think I'm trying to rip you guys off. I have nothing to hide on this car, so all you guys can say what you think that's fine. So if I still have the car or decide to keep it, and if you ever come to Mich and see it at a VW car show, you will say, oh DAM that's the car that I said he should sell it for 5000 obo. Boy was I wrong.
      I also have a 89 cabriolet that is all mostly stock and I show it also and its rust free and near perfect and it is hear in MI. Want pix up but don't know how to do it on this forum. Need to see it in person 'nuff said.... So if you can find one like this go buy it. I'm not being a jerk - I just stick up for what I know, so if this offends anybody I'm sorry.
      Just telling you what I know from 20yrs of buying and selling vws.

      Aftermarket sunroof, repainted, common wheels, mismatched seats (now if you had both recaros covered, would be sweet), not to mention other fairly common mods do not make an 8900 car. Plain and simple. $$ is in the details. If it og paint, og solid roof..it would actually be worth more. Clean original unmolested cars even worth more...
      Midwest vws are almost always harboring more rust that they show.
      BTW..quick search here finds 3 sets of Ronal r10 Turbos for sale in the last month...NIB set went for $600. You can actually get some of the RARE phase 1's for $1400..two sets listed.

      You wanted to know why no one was interested at your price...just giving you some info..don't be offended.
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      03-31-2012 03:29 PM #24
      Quote Originally Posted by mk1jeff View Post
      Ya we are not to far at all, I haven't been doing too much with the car showes in the past 2 yrs but all this car thing has me fired up, so if I keep the car I will be doing shows. Use to go on Woodward,hear and there, but I mostly go out here on gra**** ( you know the road ) . If I keep the car I have a few more things I want to do to it. We have to check out the cars since we are not far when the weather breaks.


      Hey check out michiganvw.org if you're not a member already. Lots of info on the shows I mentioned in my earlier post.

      GLWS.

    25. 04-01-2012 12:16 PM #25
      Quote Originally Posted by kweetech View Post
      Just telling you what I know from 20yrs of buying and selling vws.

      Aftermarket sunroof, repainted, common wheels, mismatched seats (now if you had both recaros covered, would be sweet), not to mention other fairly common mods do not make an 8900 car. Plain and simple. $$ is in the details. If it og paint, og solid roof..it would actually be worth more. Clean original unmolested cars even worth more...
      Midwest vws are almost always harboring more rust that they show.
      BTW..quick search here finds 3 sets of Ronal r10 Turbos for sale in the last month...NIB set went for $600. You can actually get some of the RARE phase 1's for $1400..two sets listed.

      You wanted to know why no one was interested at your price...just giving you some info..don't be offended.
      well i may try to get the car out today to take some pix, i dont know how to load them on this sight so if you want to see some send me an e mail or something, then mabey i wont get riped on about this car, so if it dont rain i will get some pix

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