View Poll Results: Did you ever own a VW Beetle?

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  • Yep, sure did.

    259 74.43%
  • Nope

    55 15.80%
  • I've got a New Beetle does that count?

    7 2.01%
  • I had some other kind of aircooled boxer motor like a Porsche or a Bus

    27 7.76%
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Thread: Have you ever owned a VW Beetle?

  1. #61
    My first car with a '74 Superbeetle. Great car. I bought it from some guy for $200. I drove it for three years without a lick of trouble until one day the transmission spun into pieces. I literally left it on the side of the road.

  2. #62
    On the Road MAGOO's Avatar
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    Jul 2003
    NW Central Ohio
    I've had a few:
    74 Sun Bug (first car)
    71 Super beetle (bought in Seattle and drove to Ohio)
    81 & 83 AC Vanagons (Awsome)
    74 412 wagon
    75 Superbeetle (recent purchase)

    My wife's current daily driver is an 87 Scirocco 16v.
    Doug Mc Gee
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  3. #63
    Me too...First car I owned was a 72 that I unfortunately totaled!!...then later had a '74 model, in addition to two VW camper vans with the pop up roofs (toured Europe).......ahhh, the memories

  4. #64
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    owned a total of 8 vw,s. had a 68 convertible that had the factory installed LEISTRITZ gas heater. made you laugh at the wisconsin winters as it would heat the car to 100 degrees in minutes. the great part is you could heat the car before starting it as the engine did not have to be running to make heat

  5. #65

    long time ago

    Quote Originally Posted by knary View Post
    73 superbeetle
    green with tan interior
    I had a White '69 Karman Ghia
    Blue '66 Micro Bus
    Orange '73 Bug
    rusted out the McPhearson Strut Towers and had a semi-automatic 3 speed transmission

  6. #66
    Ford Pintos were my Beetles.

    My first car was a primer-gray '72 Pinto with a rusted-out floor and that patented Ford component that heated to a certain temperature and then sprayed oil into the air filter. The speedometer pegged at 80mph, and the needle spent about as much time over there as it did at zero. A friend with a newer car and a real speedometer once followed me on I-95 at 2am and said I broke 110.

    It was really the only way to avoid being rear-ended.

  7. #67
    Alps Adventurer GlobalRider's Avatar
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    Mar 2003
    Canada and the Alps
    Not personally, but my mom had a '59, a 67 and a 74 Beetle

    And if I had one now, I'd be rolling instead of trying to figure out which one of the countless fuel infection (you rear right...infection) components have failed rendering my high tech wonder of a car, useless. I'll sort it out...good thing I have a spare car.

    Fuel and spark...real need both provided by a simple carb and a points distributor.

  8. #68

    A '67 Bug
    Wife when I met her: 72 Super

    71 Bus
    78 Westy

    Currently looking for a 21 window body, pan and drivetrain of no importance.

  9. #69
    Rally Rat
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    Payson, AZ
    Owned a 1963 Bug back in 1968 while in Germany with my military husband at the time. Was very common to pass these babies along when it was time to rotate back to the states. Made for some fun travel on those twisty roads. I learned how to drive stick on that VW...I remember my X saying...."so when are you going to shift gears!" That blue bug survived me and was passed on to our good friend, John, who passed it on again when he rotated. I'm thinking it might still be rolling!!
    Last edited by Raevyn; 11-05-2007 at 09:03 PM.

  10. #70
    Rally Rat
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    Grapevine Texas
    Bought a new '74 Super Beetle when I joined the Navy and promptly lost insurance coverage (student became insane enlistee). Let my Brother use the car. He did. I got the car back with 24k miles on it in need of brakes and whiskey dented on all 4 corners. I took a road trip to San Marcos and hit the exit fast, downshifting as I went and dropped the clutch on the gravel transistion to the frontage road. The car popped right then left the around backwards at about 50. I steered out the back window and brought it to rest in front of the Texaco. A couple of kids came out to see if I was OK and I said sure was (hiding the shake). They pointed to the restaraunt and said they all thought I was gonna buy the farm. I looked up and saw all the patrons pasted to the front window. I sheepishly got back int the car and split.

  11. #71

    VW beetle

    My first new car, a 1991 cherry red beetle. First one with electronic injection system, so it had a computer and all, and hydraulic valve lifters.
    Pretty cool, I drove it all through collage, for about 7 years. I drove it a couple of times from Monterrey to Houston, in the winter. The heaters worked like a charm!


  12. #72
    Rally Rat
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    Aug 2005
    San Antonio, Tx
    I, too, loved the simplicity and dependability of my '72, which I bought brand new for $2100. It had a windshield washer which was run from pressure in the spare tire, which you initially pumped up to 65 PSI. A cutoff switch cut the windshield washer off when the spare got down to 36 PSI, then you had to pump it up again. Sounds ridiculous.....but it worked great!

  13. #73
    Ex-Camping guy sherpamayberry's Avatar
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    Aug 2005
    Earth, USA, Virginia, Alexandria
    I had a 55, 58 and 66 beetles, and a 71 camper bus.

    Wish I could have held onto that 55 though. Just didn't have the room to keep it at the time.

    Oh yea, a couple sand rails too, one with two dual carbs on a 2278cc vw engine. Talk about power!

    They were all fun to work on. Really long story on the bus though, and it didn't end well.

  14. #74
    Rally Rat
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    Canon City Colorado

    Great stories and all familiar

    Everyone who wrote into this blog must have had parrellel lives.
    My Dad gave me $1800 for a car for college and I picked a brand new 1967 VW Bettle with optional AM radia and wing out rear windows. $80 worth of options.
    Going to school in Gunnison, Colo. in the winter at night you had to keep the windows open to keep the inside windshield from fogging up. With good tires I could almost go anywhere in the snow. Great car then came a family and bought a VW Bus in '74 new . . . a piece of junk.


    High School 1960 VW bug
    College 1967 VW bug
    Family and work 1974 VW Bus

  15. #75
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    "The Atomic City", Paducah Ky.
    In 1974 I bought a 69 Beetle. Had it painted a beautiful metallic flake blue, inside blue and gold shag carpeting laid, a top of the line 8 track tape player installed and mag wheels with over sized tires on the rear and undersized tires on the front. I was stylin' and profilin' for the day! 6 months later it was taken out by a young, very drunk lady in a Chevy Chevelle doing about 60 mph on a side street where the bug was parked. I loved that bug!
    Mark Evans
    1974 R 75/6
    "Life is a state of mind"

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