Now, we need to take this reading with a couple of grains of salt. First, beloved as Mk1 Golfs may be, even the most ardent Volkswagen zealot will admit that they weren't known as particularly robust vehicles (the dreaded K-Jetronic fuel-injection system alone has driven many mechanics mad, for example). Second, the odometers on these cars have a reputation for flakiness, with number reels sticking together and adding a hundred thousand miles at a shot. So, perhaps this reading isn't real ... but what if it is?!
If true, that mileage figure would make this car a contender for the title of highest-mileage Golf in the world!
In 1982, the U.S.-market Rabbit had 74 horsepower from a 1.7-liter four-cylinder engine, which was enough to move the 2,126-pound convertible without too much misery. I took my driver's-ed classes in a 1979 Rabbit Diesel with an astonishing 48 horsepower, and that was misery.
Whether it's 930,013 miles or 104,944 miles, this car served its owner or owners well during its 35 years on the road, and now its constituent materials will be returned to the automotive ecosystem.