25th Jan 2004, 13:31
I quite agree with Rob. I bought my first car - a 1973 Super Beetle and it was by far the bet car I have ever owned. I am on car number 30. Have a great day!
31st Oct 2004, 00:24
I also agree, the only reason that I sold mine is because I live in New Orleans, and I NEED A/C!
9th Nov 2005, 13:16
1973 Super Beetle, best car ever made period. Our family bought it new (I had it for 16 of those years). I really regret selling it.
19th Dec 2005, 17:55
Sounds like everyone is happy with your car. It was good to read some good stuff. My son bought 1973 standard and fixed it up, but I was so worried about the safety of it. It is a cool bright yellow. If someone would post a comment regarding safety it would be appreciated.
19th Dec 2005, 18:16
Well, the one the reviewer had sounds like it was pretty unsafe, mostly because it seemed to be all rusty and worn out. A 73 Beetle in good condition is probably no more or less safe than anything else from that era. Hope your son wears his seat belt though. Driving habits have a lot more to do with safety than the kind of vehicle driven.
Won't get into whether newer cars are safer or not. That seems to set off a lot of people who frequent this site. Not opening that can of worms, no sirree.
8th Nov 2007, 16:37
I have a 1973 beetle that we bought new. The best story I have about it is when I pulled out a Land Cruizer that was chained up all around. Threw the chains on the bug and pulled it right out. The odometer quit at 43k in 1975. I rebuilt the engine in 1985. My kids learned to drive a stick in it in 2003. (My daughter is the only one of her friends that can drive a stick). What a wonderful car. It has warned me from time to time that it was about to die, but always got me home to make repairs. Plus you can still get parts!
13th Apr 2008, 12:58
I agree that these cars were among the greatest affordable cars one could buy. I owned a 73 super beetle for a number of years. If a semi hadn't broad-sided it I would still have it to this day.
17th Apr 2009, 09:46
In 2005, we decided that our second car would be the air cooled Beetle, simply because we like the build of the car, and from anecdotes from those who love it, an air cooled Volkswagen is fun to have.
Since secondhand and not well-maintained when we bought it, we experienced engine troubles on various occasions, all because we did not subject it to thorough check-up. We learned the nitty-gritty of its maintenance based on every trouble we experienced.
Today, while we still need to fully restore the body, we are happy with its performance as a ride we use in going to church and family outings.
Our 1200 air cooled beetle is reliable now with the TLC that we give him. By the way, I call him "waka."