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PostPosted: Mon Mar 27, 2006 10:56 am 
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Ok lets get this debate goin – our lass is hinting that she may be after a bug so need your advice.

I know little about these cars in terms of the different models/years and spec on each. What do you recommend for a first one? Also what price do you think for a decent starter.

Are there years which are easier to maintain, parts are easier/cheaper to get hold of, vehicles handle better, stop quicker etc.

Our 71 bus has servo and discs up front and I wouldn’t swap them for the world. Do stock bugs need that much stopping power? Any advice as always appreciated.

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 Post subject: Re: first bug
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No Bug handles better than the 1302/1303. From an engineering point of view there were the best Bugs ever built, had bigger drums or even disks depending on year/spec. Not the most desirable Bugs due to the more bulbous front end but certainly the most practical.

Bugs don't have servos but my Baja (based on a '71 1300 model) has never had stopping problems and that has drums up front. Just keep on top of maintenance and it'll be fine. Did once have disks on my Baja and I couldn't tell a huge amount of difference - reason I don't have disks anymore is the "pressed steel" spindles snapped! :shock:

On a 1302/03 model, check for excessive rust/weaknesses around the strut tops in the boot area. Also (as with any Bug) check for rot around where the heater channels go - from the a-post below the bottom door hinge right along to the rear quarter panel next to the rear wing


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 Post subject: ya can fit a servo tho
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a servo can be fitted 2 a beetle tho


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 Post subject: ya can fit a servo tho
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a servo can be fitted 2 a beetle tho


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on anything later than 72 rot can be a major issues particulalrly framehead. Got a couple here for sale and more than happy to have a look at anything you want to consider mate.

Look at at least £1500 as a starting figure for a good bug though

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