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Volkswagen New Beetle, Volkswagen, Steering, Suspension
Jul 21, 2009 (11:15 am)
I've got an old Gazelle replica built off a VW chassis with all it's components. The problem is, it's been sitting in storage for about 10 years and I can't locate the key. Would it be easier to bypass the ignition key and switch and just install a push button to start? If so, how do I drill out the steering lock? Any help will be appreciated.
#9 of 136 New Beetle rear axle bent
Sep 02, 2009 (12:27 pm)
2005 New Beetle, 55,000 miles. Put new tires on rear 5 months ago, 5,000 miles on them and insides of both tires completely worn. Can not adjust rear wheels. Dealer says axle is bent. We bought car new, no accidents, no major trauma. Does not sound right to me. Any similar problems out there?
#10 of 136 Rear bent axle
Oct 23, 2009 (9:58 am)
lenmikelcook - I have an 05 New Beetle, only 45,000 miles and am experiencing the same problem. While driving to work, I caught a curb which didnt seem like a big deal. I thought it would just be the allignment. However, when I took it to get the alignment adjusted, they told me I had bent the axle and it would need to be replaced. Hello $1,400. However, what I thought was interesting is that the dealerships keep these axles in stock all the time. Apparently it is a very common problem and easy to do (It was just a curb). Perhaps it was just a matter of hitting one to many potholes? Either way, just know that it is very common with VWs.
#11 of 136 Re: Rear bent axle [mandy10]
by PFFlyer@Edmunds HOST
Oct 23, 2009 (10:53 am)
"Just" a curb? You biff a curb and something IS going to bend and generally going to be a big deal on any vehicle. And as far as dealers keeping axles in stock, that may have more to do with the number of distracted drivers on the road than a "problem" with a vehicle. Here's a photo of a short stretch of road in my neck of the woods. See that bike lane that disappears on the right side of the road? The curb there is painted bright yellow, there are reflective posts, there's that white line marking the edge of the lane, and I've still personally seen three vehicles drive straight into that curb. And there are new marks on it almost as soon as they repaint it.
Mar 15, 2010 (4:55 am)
OK.. I have a 68 bug with camber issues on the both front tires.. I haven't really worked on bugs so i don't know whats all involved with the suspension on these.. is it just as easy as adjusting to toe in/out?
#13 of 136 Toyota Yaris vs. Scion xA
Dec 14, 2010 (9:49 pm)
#14 of 136 Toyota Yaris vs. Scion XA
Jan 20, 2006 (11:18 am)
I'm looking for a car with great gas mileage. We're comparing the 2006 Scion XA with the 2007 Toyota Yaris.
We'll want the automatic. Haven't tested either. Like that the Yaris has the Cruise Control option, but the XA is available now and has been on sale for a few years. Otherwise, both seem about the same in terms of price, approx. mpg., safety, etc.
What would you choose?
Also, approximately how many miles do Toyota engines get before they die? (100k? 200k? 300K?)
#15 of 136 Re: Toyota Yaris vs. Scion XA [larsen]
Jan 20, 2006 (12:41 pm)
Not sure if this needs a new forum, but I am assuming you are comparing the Yaris hatchback (not the sedan) to the xA.
First: They have the same engine, but the Yaris will get better gas mileage (around 5-8 mpg) because of the higher gearing.
Second: You will get more standard equipment in the Scion, but that is not to say that you cannot get most of it as mostly being optional on the Yaris.
Third: The xA is larger (about 5 inches). However, the Yaris has a reclining back seat. I have sat in the rear seat of a xA, and its SMALL.
Fourth: Both cars have center guages. Only the xA has the buttons on the steering wheel for the radio.
Fifth: This is matter of opinion, but the Yaris is more attractive.
Sixth: Scion gives you 3 free oil changes.
Seventh: The Scion will have a rougher ride than the Yaris. However, the Scion handles great especially with the front strut tie bar.
Eighth: The Scion is sold at MSRP only. You should be able to dicker on the price on the Yaris even though it won't be much.
I have not driven or seen a yaris in public, but I drove a regular xA and a 1.0 xA. However, I have read a lot about a Yaris and I give advice based on what I have read. I currently own a xB.
In conclusion, the Scion comes with more stuff, its very comfortable, but its not as attractive or does not get the gas mileage of the Yaris. I believe saftey is nill, meaning they are both safe for that size car. Any Scion or Yaris will be on the wrong end with a Suburban.
Toyota engines (with few exceptions like 99 Corollas I hear) last forever if you take care of them. My 95 Corolla has 184,000 on it now. I expect to get at least 300K before I sell it.
I would choose the Yaris because the extra gas mileage (to me) is more attractive because I live in a state that has higher gas prices than all the states around it. It comes down to what is more important. A better handling, more power, more features, cool radio, and I would guess a cheaper price (comparing apples to apples or features to features)is the Scion. While the Yaris is better styled, gets better gas mileage, can be cheaper (if options are carefully chosen), rides softer, and you can be the first one on your block to have it.
Personally, if it was me, I would get a Yaris S Sedan before either the xA or the Yaris HB just because its more practical. Having said that, I am leaving my xB out of the discussion since it wasn't listed.
#16 of 136 Re: Toyota Yaris vs. Scion XA [tundradude]
Jan 22, 2006 (8:27 pm)
Liked your comparsions between the Yaris and xA. Your impressions of the Yaris sedan vs. xB.
#17 of 136 re: Toyota Yaris vs. Scion XA
Jan 23, 2006 (10:52 am)
Thanks, I appreciate your thoughts.
We'd be more interested in the sedan rather than the coupe.
We testdrove the XA over the weekend. It was a nice ride, but we had an awkward experience. (We were kept waiting over an hour, then told that the XA falls apart on the highway at speeds of 70 mph. What? Is that even true?)
I guess we thought no haggle price also meant attentive customer service. We're a little soured on the car buying experience, so are going to wait until Feb./March to testdrive the Yaris.