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