Look, I get that not everyone is obsessed with speed, and not everyone gets the same euphoria when you exit a corner and put your foot to the floor. There’s certainly something to be said for trying to maximize your fuel economy and lower the actual costs of owning a car, and I suppose there is some merit in the genuinely European feel that some older German cars have. But for the love of God, don’t buy this car for $6000 for any of those reasons. First, because the 0-60 time of this car is best measured with an sundial, and navigating any kind of onramp, roundabout, or passing lane would be a death-defying stunt. Second, because at that price, even if it got 100mpg, you would still be better off with an engine more powerful than a sneeze. And third, while there are some Golfs/Rabbits that have a decidedly German flair, this is not one of them. It is brown, and it probably handles pretty well, and you could do the whole drive-a-slow-car-fast thing, but if you’re anything like me, you’d have so much spare time during any acceleration that you’d start wondering about what to have for lunch tomorrow or for how many years did GM actively disrespect their customer base and you’d (very slowly, of course) smash into the stopped semi-trailer in front of you and die a horrible, flaming death. But hey, it’s got Brembo brakes (that you’ll never need)!
November 4, 2013
As Seen on Craigslist – 1977 VW Rabbit