Volkswagen Type I Review from Costa Rica

1971 Volkswagen Type I Standard 1.6 gasoline

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2000
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 gasoline Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 3 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.2 / 10
Distance when acquired999999 kilometres
Most recent distance999999 kilometres
Previous carVolkswagen Type I


A fun, cheap to own classic


Typical old Beetle electrical glitches.

Engine rebuilt at 67000 km.

Driver seat broke twice.

A little rust (It's an old car).

Leaks oil like all Beetles.

Gas smell when tank is full.

General Comments:

Very fun car to drive with 1914cc and dual Webers.

Beetles are very light, so it's pretty quick at stoplights. Chirps second gear easily. Can beat a lot of cars with bigger engines.

Handles very good with fat tires except in the wet like all Beetles.

Very uncomfortable car, ride is choppy, very little space for people or luggage. Cold in winter and hot on summer. Racing clutch is very stiff. Not for everyday use.

A classic to enjoy on a sunny day cruise with empty streets.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 5th November, 2003

Average review marks: 5.2 / 10, based on 1 review