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#728353 - 03/27/06 10:31 PM Re: 1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Oil?
John K Offline

Registered: 09/06/03
Posts: 950
Loc: Loveland, Ohio
Another thing about these cars is they had very weak bumpers! It didn't take much of a hit to do a lot of damage, as my daughter managed to prove!!! I think the 0-60 time was like 18 seconds or so? It was a strong runner though. When teaching my daughter to drive a stick I told her that she didn't have to worry about stalling it when starting out, it was almost impossible to do, but she proved me wrong. I think it could climb hills at idle, but didn't try it out. I drove from Cincinnati to Atlanta (500 miles) without having to stop to fill it up, and it only had a 10 gallon tank.

#728354 - 04/13/06 09:12 AM Re: 1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Oil?
Volvoist Offline

Registered: 04/12/06
Posts: 8
Loc: Claymont, Delaware
I own several Volvo D24/D24T diesels. They have a VW/Audi 6 cylinder, same internals as the rabbit. I have been using Mobil 1 5w30 for years. I have seen no wear, meaning no valve train wear, no valve adjustments and no cylinder wall wear when a head was pulled on several Volvo diesels. I am curious to know if Rotella 5w40 does that too. I'd stick with the Mobil 1 5w30, it seems to work great! Plus it cleans the rings and helps compression!

#728355 - 04/17/06 06:53 AM Re: 1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Oil?
JHZR2 Offline

Registered: 12/14/02
Posts: 36837
Loc: New Jersey
wow thats thin oil for a diesel! And not an optimized add pack either.

Glad youve had such success... its a testament to M1.

I wouldnt run it in my MB diesels though.


#728356 - 04/17/06 04:29 PM Re: 1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Oil?
Volvoist Offline

Registered: 04/12/06
Posts: 8
Loc: Claymont, Delaware
Though it doesn't have the additives, it works! They run better and cleaner and no wear. I have used it in many Volvo diesels for hundreds of thousands of miles as have a lot of people I know with great success.

#728357 - 04/17/06 06:02 PM Re: 1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Oil?
D Stewart Offline

Registered: 07/01/04
Posts: 76
Loc: Halifax, N.S., Canada
I just bought a totally rebuilt 1981 Rabbit pickup (AKA: Caddy)with a 1.6 turbodiesel and a 5-speed. Can anyone say "Massive fuel mileage"?. I changed the transmission to Redline MTL and will run Rotella synthetic once the engine is broken in on it's present Rotella T.

#728358 - 07/04/06 05:00 AM Re: 1984 VW Rabbit Diesel Oil?
carock Offline

Registered: 03/05/06
Posts: 508
Loc: California
I have had a lot of experience working on the Rabbit diesels. We used to run Redline 10-40W with great results. Redline now makes a diesel specific 15-40W that will probably be even better. I did not know about bypass filters at the time, but every diesel should have one. All the real engineering research shows that they will double the life of your motor. Why not pay $200 for that? See the bypass filter section for more info. I do not sell bypass filters,but they are great.

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