Category: Donor Acquisition

Turbo S purchase

Background 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...

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Evaluating the donor

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

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Turbo S vs. 2.5 I5 models

Comparative 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...

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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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