1973 Volkswagen Beetle 1.6 from North America
Run fine until one day it just wouldn’t crank or start, and all of a sudden the headlights stopped working too. Can’t find anything wrong with it, no wires or anything, so I am stumped and I’m a professional mechanic.
Door seals leak, but I just spray them with silicone and it fixes it.
The latch to open the front boot on it broke, and since it’s a Super Beetle you can’t get into it from the bottom, so had to cut the latch off to get in.
Was always my dream car growing up and was finally glad to get one. Very comfortable too for me anyway. Nice and loud when it runs. I keep it all stock because that’s how I like it.
Lots of fun to drive though, and since I am a mechanic I can fix it easily for most things.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 13th October, 2020
18th Oct 2020, 03:03
Interesting electrical problem.
Do any of the other electrical components work?
Radio? Heater? Tail lights? Running lights? Fuel gauge?
18th Oct 2020, 13:55
Sounds like a lemon. Someone jerry rigged it so it would appear it’s working, then it blew up within 1000 miles. I’d consider legal action against whoever sold this to you.
18th Oct 2020, 19:13
While I don't presume to offer advice to a mechanic, and I have zero experience of Beetles; both times that I have had that electrical problem (once in a Lada, once in a Mini 1000) it was caused by the wiper motor having a fault and killing the battery in under an hour. Solution was changing the wiper motor, all the cabling on that circuit and the possibly-damaged battery. Good luck.
19th Oct 2020, 17:24
Pull the back seat. See if a cable is possibly loose. Clean all the cables and connections with a wire brush. Horrible place for a battery. I had a Corvette that the battery filled the cabin with acrid battery smoke when a starter stuck once.