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Friday, January 22nd, 2010
11:10 am - Punch Buggy Rules Question

I know it's been a while since this community has been updated but thought I'd ask this just in case someone is still around checking posts...

I just purchased my first Beetle ('02 New Beetle GLS and we're in love already) but I'm trying to settle a discussion with a friend. Frankly neither of us knows what the answer is, but we're also in our early/mid 20s so haven't been playing this game quite as long as some other people... Now, assuming you're playing with people who count the New Beetle as punchable:

Does owning a bug exempt you from getting punched and if so, does it also exempt you from punching others upon seeing your own car? I mean, does your car become off limits much like the VW dealerships because, duh, of course it's going to be there, you own it... or does it not matter either way?

Some friends think that you're exempt from punching because it's yours, but you can still get punched because it's not theirs, but I hardly think that's fair. No one wants to be punished for buying the Greatest Car on Earth. Another friend says you get one punch for your car (so use it wisely) but friends still get unlimited hits.

Help! :)

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Thursday, September 11th, 2008
11:44 pm - so, a couple of things.

1. one or both of my headlights keep dying out, but i don't think it's the actual bulbs. i used to be able to just give them a small whack and they'd flip right back on (i'm completely aware that that's not the correct way to go about things), but no longer.

2. the bass in my sidedoors goes in and out (now mostly just out), so now the only sound that plays through the speakers is on the dashboard. there's no distortion, however, so i don't think i've blown them. maybe it's a loose connection or something?

how can i go about fixing these/anyone else have these problems? sorry for stupid questions.

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Sunday, August 24th, 2008
10:29 am - My Bug's Restoration Website...

I've got a '73 Super Beetle I'm currently restoring following an engire fire back in 2004. I finally got around to building a website for it and wanted to introduce to everyone:


In addition to the restoration part of it I've also scanned a small portion of my rather large collection of old Volkswagen ads and literature. (Look for it under Everything Else -> Literature and Ads) I'm currently in the process of scanning more and will be adding them in the coming days.

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Thursday, July 31st, 2008
11:30 am

does anyone know how to install a headliner in a 73 superbeetle?
wanna give me some tips?

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Monday, July 28th, 2008
11:52 am - Manual transmission...

I have a 2000 Volkswagen Beetle. Black. Standard. My one true love (I'd take a bullet for this car just to save the paint job). I've had it for four years and it's been fairly faithful.

This is a two part question.

FIRST: I've been noticing lately that I'm having trouble putting the car in third gear. It's like the gear is misaligned or something, because maybe three or four times out of ten the car just won't want to go into gear. I say it's the gearbox, my friend says it's a problem with the transmission as a whole. Has anybody had this problem before?

SECOND: That same friend and I argued about what RPM it's best to shift at. I say 3500 because Volkswagens are made to shift a little higher, he says I should be shifting between 2500-3000. Who's got it right?

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
1:09 pm

HEY! I'm new here
I'm restoring a 74' super beetle
its in pretty bad shape
but it still drives
I just got a new headliner for it and I was wondering if any of you have installed headliners before
maybe you could give me some advice before I embrak on this adventure

for instance
do I have to strip all the rubber or can I just use a putty knife and rubber cement?
should I apply a coat of glue before I install the headliner so it will stick before or would that be a bad idea?

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Friday, July 4th, 2008
5:20 pm - 1967 Beetle

Does anyone one know good places for look online for body parts? I

'm specifically trying to find parts for a 1967 VW Beetle. I've had no luck locally so I'm turning to online now...and failing there too! Any help?  

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Sunday, May 4th, 2008
3:26 pm - Introduction + Satellite Radio Antenna Question


Name is Donny, my (new to me) 2004 convertible bug and I just joined the community.

My bug came with the Monsoon tape deck. I am considering yanking it out and installing an after-market cd/mp3/iPod/satellite-radio unit. I am going to use the XM Direct Connect kit that comes with a magnetic antenna. I am wondering where is the best/optimal place to put the antenna? I don't want it on the exterior of the car because she's too pretty. I am considering mounting the antenna on the dash. Do any of you with convertibles have the antenna on the dash and if so, is your reception OK? Other ideas of where to put the antenna?

Thanks in advance for your feedback.


Have at her if you'd like:
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Friday, April 11th, 2008
2:48 pm

I was driving to school today and happened to look at my dash and noticed that I was going 0 mph except I was on the interstate and was going 60-70. When I got off the interstate I noticed that my gas gage goes down to half a tank when I accelerate and then back to nearly full (where it should be) when I'm stopped. My RPM gage is still work but my miles aren't moving.

I've checked the fuses and they're all ok. Is my dash just going out? Any ideas on what it'll cost to fix it?

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Sunday, January 20th, 2008
1:05 pm - I had a bad day.


So, yeah, I guess I'm looking for a new one. Anyone know what year the cup holders stopped sucking? And what year they stopped smelling like crayons? Mine was a 2001. So sad.

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Saturday, September 29th, 2007
5:23 pm - help

hey i got a 71 super thats a real good project, but i got no time...comes with floors whole motor and an extra block with heads for 600....i also have a problem...my alt went out, but i ought it a few months ago...i think my buddy hooked it up wrong and i can't make sense out of the books wiring diagram....the original alt had a plug with 5 or 6 wires going to it....the plug was broken, and the alt was bad...we changed it and put a different style alt in it....it doesn't have a plug, just a ground screw, a post at the top and another place for a wire somewhere else...its only putting out 12.7 volts, and i got these other wires that i have no clue what to do with....anybody got any helpful info??

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Saturday, September 22nd, 2007
12:13 am - A/C Issue?

Well, so I absolutely love Bella, my 2001 Beetle. She made from Urbana Illinois to Las Vegas Nevada AND back. She even made it through the mountains! If I had taken my old car it would have broken down before St Louis! Not to mention she was getting close to 30 miles per gallon :) I guess you can say we bonded during the trip.

Anyway, I'm really paranoid about any issues with my car... mostly because of previous cars and something ALWAYS going wrong with them. This month's paranoia with my Beetle is that the A/C is really noisy outside the car. Also, if I'm driving about 25 mph and turn on the A/C my car lags (its really noticeable - I'm not sure how else to describe it - something like being forced to shift down) I'm just wondering if someone else has experienced this. My dad says all cars do this but I'm not taking his word on it.

I'm sorry if this is a stupid question but I kind to be car paranoid / dumb.

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Sunday, September 2nd, 2007
3:08 pm - help

hey i got a 73 bus i am trying to sell for a grand or trade.....i also got a 73 bug and would be willing to trade both these for a daily driver bug, super, or ghia.....if anyone is interested i'm located in georgia and my email is mikeinlimbo2005@yahoo, just let me know.

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Monday, June 25th, 2007
11:14 am

Clutch burnt out at 75K on my 2000 Beetle. I believe I have 2K left on my warrenty. And I refuse to get it done at VW... well actually, if I do still have some space on my warrenty (30K/3 year got the car at I think 47K) It wouldn't matter if I took it to VW or not. Either way I'm paying $200 on the deductible. Then.. I'm home free. I wonder if brakes and Roat-erz would go on my warrenty... and if there's a way I can like... back track? Because I paid OVER 200 for those... Hmm. I doubt it. But it's worth a shot. I should have paid off my ded. anyways because headlights fall under the warrenty and I've had both replaced. I'll just see if I can get my whole last bill from VW on my warrenty.. I'd get like a hundred dollars back.

Anyone know? lol... It'd be awesome to be PAID to get my clutch replaced.

I don't even know if this entry makes sense. lol. Sorry if it doesnt.

Does anyone else feel like they go a lot? I try to reason with myself that even "new" cars have their issues, and the car is 7 in a half years old. And right on track mileage wise. I'm hoping after all this that I won't need to do anything for another 15-20K. Wishful thinking?

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Sunday, June 24th, 2007
1:50 am

I just got my first car- a brand new beetle!

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Tuesday, June 12th, 2007
11:38 pm - this place is so live...

why come no one posts here? lol.

just thought i'd give an update on what's going on. i'm going to the dealer again tomorrow to have my outlet plugs checked out..the ones where u plug up a charger or whatever. the ones inside don't work and the one in my trunk does. so i gotta get the looked at. i also had a dumbass friend of mine bust my speaker last night. my passenger speaker. he won't be riding my car any more cause i'll cut him if he messes anything up. lol. anyone know how much a speaker replacement costs? i plan on making my friend pay for it since it was his fault.

so yeah..hope everyone's doing great. :]

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Wednesday, June 6th, 2007
11:56 pm - finally got it.

i named her gracie cause she's gray. LMAO! i really couldn't think of anything else. :]

and here it is. my new ride. and damnit does it ride good. lol. i love it, even tho i'm not quite myself in it yet. i feel really important in this car for some reason, like everyones lookin at me. lol. do you feel that in yours? lol. i got it friday and took it to the dealer monday am to get my right passenger light fixed and the check engine fixed..it's runnin smooth now. :]

so i have no name for it yet..don't even know if it's a female or male..any ideas? :]

current mood: happy

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Saturday, May 26th, 2007
8:55 pm - about to get a beetle.

hi i'm ari. i'm obviously new. i'm getting a 2004 VW new beetle gls on friday. my mom's best friend is moving out of the country and i'm taking over the payments..i just have a quick question...

my dad's mechanic is stuck on telling me time and time again that the transmissions on beetles are terrible. i've never seen one at his shop or anything like that. he said that the transmissions are like $900, but then again i know all transmissions are expensive. my question is if you have a beetle, what has been your experience with it? have you had any trouble? anything that cost a lot of money?

like i said this is a 2004 and it still has two more years to be paid on. it only has 34,500 miles on it so i'm thinking i really shouldn't be too worried about it since it barely has any miles.

if you have any thought regarding the transmission or anything else on the car, please let me know. thanks. :]

btw, it's an automatic transmission and the car has been used mostly on the freeway then the street.

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Thursday, April 12th, 2007
2:39 pm - Maintenance for convertibles

I have a 2006 convertible - how often do you perform maintenance on your convertible top and what do you use? I know I could go to a detailer and have them treat the top but I was hoping there is a product I can purchase myself that works well.

My car is covered in dead bugs from a weekend road trip so right about now would be a good time for a good scrubbing, interior pollen cleaning and top maintenance (I just got the car a month ago, I haven't ignored the top for over a year).

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Saturday, March 10th, 2007
11:32 pm - Call me crazy...

Hey, VWBugLovers!

I have 2001 Silver Beetle. And I'm wondering if anyone else has problems with the gas tank door? Basically the button works and I can hear it trying to open but it doesn't. I noticed a silver Beetle at school that also has to keep the gas door open but I don't know the year. I think it would be weird if this only was an issue with silver Beetles but it could happen.

Also, isn't there a way to open the gas door from the inside? I know it would probably be easier to just pay to get it fixed but I'm cheap (and curious) :)

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