1971 Volkswagen Beetle Reviews - Page 3 of 4

1971 Volkswagen Beetle Super 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2003
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.2 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance0 miles

Summary:

A car you cannot go wrong with, its strong for the size, cheap, reliable and a part of history

Faults:

Alternator burnt out, replacing it was 70.00 dollars.

General Comments:

Well I have a race engine and it handles nicely. I bought the engine for 700, but it burns out new cars easily.

It is a bit loud, but it's not too bad.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 10th April, 2003

1971 Volkswagen Beetle Standard 1.6L flat 4 from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6L flat 4 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 0 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 1 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired129000 miles
Most recent distance141100 miles

Summary:

Not perfect, but fun to drive, and as tough as nails!

Faults:

Well considering that the car is 31 years old, very few things have gone wrong with it. But here they are:

Set of points $6.00.

New exhaust seals $15.00.

Generator had one laying around, so that's about it!

General Comments:

I don't if I'm the right person to write a review, because I am a dedicated VW enthusiast, and I live, eat sleep and breathe aircooled VWs.

A lot of people have complaints about Beetles, but I love this car. I drive it every day and she (her name is June) rarely fails to start. When something is wrong, I usually fix it in 10 minutes. It's so simple. I know what every part on the engine is and how it works.

The more I drive it, the more I love it. The heater will burn you up, although the defroster isn't very good. You have to open a vent window.

It's not that small on the inside, and I don't think it's that uncomfortable. It's no BMW though. The ride is choppy, but it is because it has one of the most durable suspensions ever built. It's at home on any terrain. Oh, and did I mention the traction? Excellent traction.

It only takes 2 1/2 quarts of oil, and you never have to add antifreeze, because there's no radiator! And it gets 29-31 MPG.

It's no Porsche, but the dual port 1600 has plenty of power to get out of its own way, and will cruise at 75mph nicely. It's noisy, yes, but it's a Bug, it's supposed to be. Plus I love that aircooled sound. In today's terms, it's not the safest car on the road, but I've seen some new cars (Geo Metro) that didn't hold up as well as some Bugs did.

Overall, a fun little car to drive and maintain. You gotta love 'em though. It's a piece of history you can drive every day.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 27th October, 2002

16th May 2005, 11:19

Volkswagens when ran into a Buick at 35 like to throw there dashes at you. I wrecked my 71 a year ago and the gas tank, surprisingly didn't change shape at all it held up very well for being a Baja bug.

1971 Volkswagen Beetle 1302 1.6 litre from North America

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.6 litre Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 10 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired112000 miles
Most recent distance126000 miles
Previous carFord F150

Summary:

A cheap and smart investment!

Faults:

The gas gage stopped working after driving the car for a couple weeks.

The heater boxes rusted through and I had to replace them with j-pipes.

The rod bearing on the number 3 cylinder ceased up, causing the engine to die at 117,000 miles.

General Comments:

This car has been the best vehicle I have ever owned, despite having to rebuild the engine.

It handles pretty good and it kinda feels like your driving a go-cart.

It has been very cheap on gas and parts, which I cannot say about the Ford.

Buy a beetle it will be a good investment on your part.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 4th September, 2002

1971 Volkswagen Beetle Standard petrol from Bangladesh

Year of manufacture1971
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission petrol Manual
Distance when acquired42000 miles
Most recent distance48500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Old is gold

Faults:

The generator was my previous problem, at that time it was a DC generator, then I had it changed it for an AC one, now running fine...

Because of poor maintenance, I had to overhaul the engine at 48500 miles... I'm her second owner and I'm taking very good care of her.

General Comments:

In my short life of 32 years, I had three cars and the funny thing is that they all were VWs, two of them were Beetles, one was VW Bus D (1984). My brother had also a VW Passat. But my father hated VW Beetles, but now he is convinced it's a very robust car. He still drives a Toyota, but for long journey he prefers my car. My cuteeee.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 24th August, 2001

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 12 reviews