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  •  I still have a few beetles all Baja'd, one a (2+ / 0-)
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    Azazello, shesaid

    class 16 minus the nitrogen charged shocks.....

    Noisy nasty dirty cars that are a blast to drive offroad...not so much fun on road there I'll take my Ford.....

    As someone who spent their life in Automotive the cars now get 3 times the gas mileage with 4 times the power and 1/100th the emissions of a 69 (the same year well starting year as my superbaja) Beetle with almost zero maintenance.....

    Change the timing belt every 60k a set of plugs at about the same time, wires at 100k and fix what breaks which for most cars, isn't much any more.

    And since 95 when they standardized the diagnostics with OBD2 it's become even easier to repair and maintain a car...no more multiple PROMs for the scanner just plug it in and read the codes......

    Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
    I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
    Emiliano Zapata

    by buddabelly on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 06:14:40 AM PST

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    •  Back in the day when Beetles were new (3+ / 0-)
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      many cars still needed at least the top end rebuilding about every 30 000 miles.

      Now they have a "sealed for life" engine that needs no maintenance for 100 000 miles ... not even an oil change.

      It hasn't made it into a car yet, and one wonders if that is because the lack of servicing would kill the Dealer networks.

      Still .... I get the romance of the Beetle, it was as alive and well in the UK as it is in the US.

      We may now have a reduced need to do much work on our cars, but that does free up time and money to indulge ourselves in a hobby ... and a classic Beetle would be a decent choice.

      Actually ... the Mini was way more fun, as a car, but they are no so easy to work on.

      I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
      but I fear we will remain Democrats.

      by twigg on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 06:26:44 AM PST

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      •  Benz sealed up their transmissions a while back (2+ / 0-)
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        but I'm not so sure on the no oil change thing unless there's some new super oil to go along.....

        I still remember the Escort that had never had an oil change yet, the car was at 35k, I had to pry out the clumps from the drain hole and the engine was toast......

        Without brakes and other undercar (suspension etc) a lot of shops would have gone out of biz years ago....During the boom the shop I was running was almost killed by the zero interest new cars...every time I told someone they needed work, they'd trade it in.....Now shops are doing pretty well again as people need to fix what they have.....

        Vaya con Dios Don Alejo
        I want to die a slave to principles. Not to men.
        Emiliano Zapata

        by buddabelly on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 06:58:22 AM PST

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        •  Many auto transmissions (0+ / 0-)

          will run anything up to 100 000 miles with no change of fluid.

          Some will die earlier, most won't and transmission fluid actually leads a harder life than engine oil.

          The difference is that there are no combustion byproducts that get into it ... Keep them out of the sump and the oil would last almost indefinitely.

          I hope that the quality of debate will improve,
          but I fear we will remain Democrats.

          by twigg on Wed Jan 25, 2012 at 07:23:21 AM PST

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