Good reliable transportation
At 27,000 miles, the transaxle started whining due to bearing failure, and it had to be overhauled prematurely; I wrote VW of America to ask them to cover repairs; they refused as the 2/24 warranty had expired.
At about 34,000 miles, generator and voltage regulator failed and were replaced.
The clutch was replaced at 98,000 miles, and the new clutch vibrated due to pressure plate imbalance or to improper installation; the mechanic refused to redo it under the repair warranty; I had to pay to have the clutch replaced again; this time it was OK.
Generator failed again at 144,000 miles. The mechanic installed an incorrect 6 volt unit instead of a 12 volt generator; he refused to replace it with the correct part at no charge; it was his mistake, but he denied it. I was so frustrated, I went out and got a new 1980 Mazda GLC.
To date, the 1972 VW Type 1 Beetle was the best car I ever owned.
Apart from above problems, it was quite reliable, and got me where and when I wanted and needed to go.
The air-cooled engine was easily maintained and trouble free; it never overheated (I always carried a spare fan belt in my trunk with a tool kit).
I wish I had made a better choice of mechanics when fixing the above mentioned issues with the clutch and 2nd generator replacement.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No
Review Date: 29th May, 2013