Category: Research

High mileage service

If well maintained, the basic mechanical systems of the New Beetle should perform well for over 300,000 miles. The required intensity of maintenance and/or restoration will depend on the condition of the acquired vehicle....

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Back end treatment

Background Removing the entire back half of the Beetle’s body opens up options for rear lighting — license plate illumination, reverse, running, brake, and turn signal lights — as well as tailgate embellishments. Vintage...

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Truck bed

The “truck bed” is the rear flat surface surrounded by bed front and side walls, and closed up at the end by the tailgate. Conceived for work, pickup trucks began their evolution in the...

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Ground clearance

Background Ground clearance significantly impacts comfort, handling (center of gravity), appearance, load capacity, and safety of all vehicles. Optimal height is always a trade off: lower clearance improves handling, stability at high speeds, and...

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Acquisition checklist

Used Beetles are relatively low end, daily drivers with typically very high total mileage, often in excess of 100,000. At the same time, most 10-plus year old vehicles have had multiple owners and correspondingly...

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Anatomy of the 1.8 engine

Fully dressed engine The 1.8 turbocharged dual cam 20-valve engine has many variants — the example illustrated below is similar but not identical to the AWP code Turbo S version. In the Turbo S,...

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Turbo S vs. 2.5 I5 models

Specifications Of all the 1998-2010 New Beetles, the two that are most appropriate for a ute transformation are either the Turbo S with the 1.8 turbocharged I4 engine, or any 2006-10 model since they...

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Ute candidates

Candidate pool Transformation of a passenger car into a ute requires — obviously — cutting the entire body of the car somewhere behind the front door. A two-door configuration, other factors aside, provides more...

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