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#9923 of 10048 Re: As for the price of the 1969 VW Bug... [iluvmysephia1]
May 21, 2013 (7:44 am)
I am not sure what this means, but $1800 is what I bought a used 1970 VW Beetle with 10,000 miles in 1971 (42 years ago). I ran it for app 250,000 miles. Long about 110,000 miles, I was thinking that the clutch needed changing (it really didn't) and ran it another 140k.
At that time, I was in the service and the owner of the shop knew the old clutch could probably be put back in, but if it is already apart, why not put in a new one? I guess he knew money was tight, so he said if I bought the parts from him retail, he'd finish the job for a case or so of Heineken and pizzas.
May 21, 2013 (7:47 am)
amen, brother, if you were anywhere near Alamogordo, NM, now I'd feel like taking you out for pizza and Margarita's! That's what someone wants to hear 'bout now, not goofy scary negative stories designed to worry and pester a fellow car nut (I...I mean car man).
May 21, 2013 (9:04 am)
Actually Honda is not killing off the stick as fast as was implied. They actually have more MT models of Accord available for '13 than for '12 - 3 vs 2.
They do carry Accord sticks in stock. I bought mine off the dealer lot - no special order or laughing. EX with sunroof, backup cam, keyless entry and start, mirror cam, blutooth, remote window roll down etc. etc. So not that basic. No leather though, but maybe they will add that for the refresh.
#9926 of 10048 Re: As for the price of the 1969 VW Bug... [iluvmysephia1]
May 21, 2013 (9:35 am)
There are several things you can to do IMMENSELY improve the handling for not much money, as well as improve the engine.
Buy a '71 or newer bug. They have independent rear axle, a better oil cooler(called a "doghouse") and dual-port heads for better breathing. Another thing to give you an instant 1500 RPM of useable power is change out the stock 1.1 ratio rocker arms for a 1.4 ratio.
I did this to a "slightly punched" motor, and my useable RPM's went from 4.5 K to 6K.
Also, in that hot environment, install a higher capacity oil pump.
By using the doghouse cooler and the high-capacity oil pump, the engine will run cooler than if you had the external cooler. You are reading the words of someone who tried 5 aftermarket coolers and filter setups, before realizing the stock doghouse was best for cooling.
If you are mostly driving on the street, install a rear anti-sway bar(3/8" is all you need) and swap out the front bar from 3/8ths to 3/4 inch.
With my bug, putting out 125HP bench tested, and the handling mods, I used to give my friend in his 2002 tii ABSOLUTE FITS 'cause I could power-drift around him on a freeway cloverleaf...
May 21, 2013 (3:54 pm)
hey, you're destroying te stereotype of VW Bugs being gutless bombs, stop it! Great ideas from this Edmunds' bunch of car nuts, I knew I could count on you guys! My wife pleaded again with me not to buy one, so here we go again.
Gonna be a really, really tough sell to her on this idea.
"Go ahead and hit me with it, Mary! What kind of chance do I have with you?" ~ Jim Carrey, 'Dumb and Dumber'
#9928 of 10048 Re: slorenzen... [iluvmysephia1]
by MrShift@Edmunds HOST
May 21, 2013 (5:16 pm)
it's not a stereotype though------what he has done is all the right stuff to correct many of the car's original deficiences.....lack of power and squirrely handling. What he's telling you is that you don't have to be satisfied with the original as it is.
#9929 of 10048 Re: ruking... [iluvmysephia1]
May 21, 2013 (7:04 pm)
if you were anywhere near Alamogordo, NM, now I'd feel like taking you out for pizza and Margarita's! That's what someone wants to hear 'bout now, not goofy scary negative stories designed to worry and pester a fellow car nut (I...I mean car man).
I learned all about working on cars due to my '66 Bug. I learned how to change oil, adjust valves, points, timing. I learned how to change a clutch (you have to remove the engine--but in the Bug that's pretty easy and you don't need much other than some basic tools, a jack, and a collapsed cardboard box to do that, either. The only engines I've ever rebuilt were VW Bug engines, too.
Ahh, such fond memories.....
May 22, 2013 (7:06 am)
Aside from transaxle work, there's not much on a VW Bug that the amateur mechanic can't do in his driveway.
May 22, 2013 (6:07 pm)
I got that. I was just kiddin'. I have a business card of a local here in southern NM who rebuilds them. He would be my most logical contact, especially if I want those updates done. And they sound like they ought ta be done, if for no other reason than to keep up with the traffic flow of the region.
Way too many hicks in pickups around here that would love ta run my Beetle-bug right into the dusty ground en route ta their destination.
#9932 of 10048 Re: best non-manual transmission for a manual transmission driver. [nippononly]
May 23, 2013 (9:37 am)
New version of Rondo just came out. Still has a stick option but base only as you repeatedly complain. Broader options for both models in EDM and Asian markets. I'd love one of the many AWD micro vans the asian markets get. Know two people here with the Diesel stick AWD Mitsu Mivec, but they are quite old and RHD as they are Japanese cast-offs. Modern version of that would be sweet. Think AWD off-road version of the M5 - uber fun vehicle that can still haul the kids.