Groan part quatre

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2LaneCruzer

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I've owned a couple, and driven them quite a few miles, but I see it as only one issue...air cooled vs liquid cooled. I thought it being a rear engine car was a given. I hated having to adjust the valves every so often, and the heater wasn't worth a darn and the defroster was a joke. The do get you around in traffic great, and the mileage wasn't bad either. My first was the rust bug.
 
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Molalla1

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I've owned a couple, and driven them quite a few miles, but I see it as only one issue...air cooled vs liquid cooled. I thought it being a rear engine car was a given. I hated having to adjust the valves every so often, and the heater wasn't worth a darn and the defroster was a joke. The do get you around in traffic great, and the mileage wasn't bad either. My first was the rust bug.
Yep, they had terrible heaters, but they weren't bad in the snow.
 
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RoyJackson

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Yep, they had terrible heaters, but they weren't bad in the snow.
Yeah, but you could install a gasoline heater in the VeeDubs and Porsches back then. Not sure about in the US, but I think gasoline heaters were pretty common in the northern European countries
 
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LouNY

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I had the gasoline heater in my VW Thing it sure needed it.
 
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alexpops

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My heat exchanger rusted through, so exhaust fumes poured in through the floor heater vent on the driver's side while I was driving from Cleveland to Ft Lauderdale as a kid. Almost died from CO poisoning. Remember thinking at the time that Hitler must have approved the design for the export market only. Wound up having to finish the trip with windows wide open & welded the heater vents shut once I got to Florida. Fun times.

On the plus side ... tune-ups were super easy, & setting the distributer only required a test light.
 
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rontaki

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I've had a number of air-cooled bugs and busses. The problem I had with the cooling system in them was that they would leak like crazy.
Every morning I'd come out to drive it, and there would be a massive puddle of coolant under the car! Couldn't fix no matter how much I tried.
 
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LouNY

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Well if you would quit peeing in the back seat it wouldn't leak through.
 
 
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