1969 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews

1969 Volkswagen Beetle 1500 1.5 from North America

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2006
Engine and transmission 1.5 Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Distance when acquired5000 miles
Most recent distance8000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Fox

Summary:

Sheer joy to drive

Faults:

I had the original transmission replaced at a whopping cost of $200.00.

General Comments:

I was born in 1963, and have grown up around Volkswagens. I always wanted a late 60's Beetle. So this year I finally found a nice one.

I've driven everything from muscle cars to a M30 Infiniti. Yet nothing compares to driving this little bug.

No power steering, brakes, or air conditioning. However driving this car gets one back to the real meaning of man and machine. The car makes you pay attention to it. Its engine noise. Its handling. Makes you enjoy every minute driving it.

It seems everybody at one time or another has owned a VW Beetle. So, be prepared to talk to a lot of people. And make a lot of new friends. Because there are a lot of these little cars still on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 30th March, 2006

1969 Volkswagen Beetle 1.5 from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.5 Semi-Automatic
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 9 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.8 / 10
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

A lovable device with loads of character

Faults:

Indicators do not self-cancel.

Small transmission oil leak.

Lower compression on #3 cylinder.

Drivers seat twisted.

Some surface rust.

Heater no longer working.

General Comments:

Although this car is very, very slow it has a great torque curve and just chugs up hills without a worry. It has been slightly lowered and has no difficulty out-handling many newer cars. Brakes (disc/drum) are effective, and fuel economy is excellent provided the gadget is driven with respect. Although I'd prefer a manual, the stick shift auto doesn't stress the engine much. The current 1500 has done over 40,000 miles without a single hiccup.

Not a car for the family, but a brilliant little daily driver I can't wait to restore! My only complaint would be the severe lack of luggage space up front!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th May, 2004

1969 Volkswagen Beetle 1500 Deluxe 1.5 Flat 4 cylinder. from Australia and New Zealand

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.5 Flat 4 cylinder. Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired76080 miles
Most recent distance187999 miles

Summary:

Better-built small cars don't yet exist!

Faults:

Nothing, except 2 fan belts, 4 batteries and a broken windscreen.

I kept up the servicing on the car, so it just soldiered on forever.

General Comments:

If there is an economy car with a standard of build and finish better than a Beetle, I probably can't afford to buy it.

It looked after my motoring needs better than I could have ever expected.

Always buy one with a decent service history.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th September, 2003

1969 Volkswagen Beetle from North America

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1992
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission Manual
Performance marks 9 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired250000 miles
Most recent distance433000 miles
Previous carPontiac Phoenix

Summary:

One of the best cars I've ever owned

Faults:

Over the past 32 years that my family has owned this car, almost everything has needed upkeep or replacement, including:

Generator.

Brakes.

Shocks/suspension.

Clutch.

Steering mechanism.

Interior (seats, flooring and roof).

Exterior (paint, bumpers).

Oil lines.

General Comments:

With regular maintenance, this is a great little car. It's carried various members of my family over 400,000 miles in its lifetime.

This car can be very expensive to fix, unless you can do it yourself. Good replacement parts are definitely hard to come by, unless you live in a major center.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 11th September, 2001

Average review marks: 7.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews