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It can, but not probable. In my experience (17 years now) with Volkswagons, of which I have owned a few 82's, what is more than likely causing your problem is a faulty ground wire, probably at the starter/battery connection or at the trans-mount area....both are notorious for the wire grounds to rust completely thru...Hope this helps!

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Q: In a 1982 VW Rabbit can a faulty starter solenoid cause voltage drain?
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