1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 liter from North America
Heat exchangers rusted out, rendering the defroster useless.
Accelerator would stick.
Brakes were poor.
Engine blew (broken valve) without any warning, even when oil was changed regularly.
I bought the vehicle as a winter car. Mistake number one. The heating system never worked right, even though it had a blower motor (unlike earlier models).
It needed frequent tune-ups; the points would not go very long without adjustments.
It was "OK" for getting to and from work, but not the kind of car you wanted to drive on a long trip (>1 hr).
This was the last VW I owned. I had already owned/maintained 3 VWs previously, so it wasn't like I didn't know what I was in for, but after the issues I had with this VW, I decided I was finished with the car line.
A southern climate might be easier on the old Beetles, but I would stay away from them if you live in the northeast.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 7th September, 2011
9th Sep 2011, 19:08
Before commenting people, consider that this car was only 10 years old when the reviewer owned it back in 1981.
30th Oct 2011, 23:45
If you knew the heater channels were rusted out, how could you expect the heat to work properly?
It sounds like you got burned by buying a Bug that wasn't in the best condition. (Japanese cars rusted badly around this time period too. People love to attack things.)