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  • Guys - Talk me into getting an old VW - Bug or Karmann Ghia

    so i grew up restoring old British sports cars with my dad and am really interested in the idea of getting a car i can work on again - myself.

    i've always been enamored with old vw's bugs, karmann ghias, even the old buses.

    you guys have any experience with them? i live about 30 minutes (all interstate) from the city i work/hang in. do these things operate well on the interstate?

    just wondering if i should look somewhere else, as i will have to learn how the entire car operates.
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    no.
    I didn't come here to save whales, I came here to get laid and make rock 'n' roll

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    • #3
      out of those three, i'd go with the Karmann Ghia, such a cool design
      with dull performance, bad brakes, poor handling and rust problems
      I once drove an old Beetle and thought it was a terrible car
      and I used to drive a Triumph Spitfire for many years and thought that was fun
      Mini Cooper as well, great fun little car

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      • #4
        karmann ghia, in terms of looks. do you enjoy working on cars?
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        • #5
          out of those three, i'd go with the Karmann Ghia, such a cool design
          with dull performance, bad brakes, poor handling and rust problems
          I once drove an old Beetle and thought it was a terrible car
          and I used to drive a Triumph Spitfire for many years and thought that was fun
          Mini Cooper as well, great fun little car



          thanks b

          I've had mgbs, bugeye sprites and jags (well, my dads - heh heh)

          i've also thought about a mgbgt, which, i know an mgb front and back, everything on it. but those karmann ghias just scream to me. they are the coolest.

          jag xjs' are also cheap here in the states, but i cringe when i think of the v12 and electronics in them.
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          • #6
            karmann ghia, in terms of looks. do you enjoy working on cars?


            i used to alot, yes

            I've restored a 1963 mgb.
            with my dad, i've restored a 1959 bugeye sprite, a 1963 jag e-type coupe, a 1959 jag xk150dhc s, a 1966 mustang, a 1978 jeep cj-7

            so yeah, growing up, thats all i did, then around 16-17, i got into guitars....
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            • #7
              the prices on vw's has gone up so much in the past 15 years making it difficult to buy anything cool without paying through the nose. if you're in the states check out corvairs, still super affordable and super cool imo. they are aircooled, six cylinder and they have vans, trucks and square back looking ones too.

              60-64 look like this


              65-69


              trucks



              vans



              wagons (lakewood)
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              • #8
                corvair death machine.
                Originally Posted by Inspector 71


                I'm only framus in my own mine.









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                black hole complementarity, or, you won't feel a thing
                likewise...









                Originally Posted by christianatl


                I plan on riding my ****************sled through the pussy apocalypse.

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                • #9
                  shhh
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                  • #10
                    i used to alot, yes

                    I've restored a 1963 mgb.
                    with my dad, i've restored a 1959 bugeye sprite, a 1963 jag e-type coupe, a 1959 jag xk150dhc s, a 1966 mustang, a 1978 jeep cj-7

                    so yeah, growing up, thats all i did, then around 16-17, i got into guitars....


                    sweet. if you enjoy that type of thing, i say go for it
                    good deals w/ pbone, sh333, homestar_kevin, johnrambo, the future king, MrMunky, Iamtehcure, miggy01, hangwire, pfindeis, Virex, orangesix, PurpleStrat, Exdeath, nickthebrick, devi ever, Crxshdxmmy, heykenny, letsgocoyote, Scarlet Theory, Free the Guilty, fruvai, friendlybunny, yannickbasset, duderanimous, vintageroad, jgs61, Vinhoff, leer43, hurleysurf, zygoat, lewzer, sodium_23, M-dawg, thefragile103, Blewbyou, StopReferencing, itkindaworks, Amplifier Worship

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                    • #11
                      i think its time for you to settle down and get something senisble. how about a chevy volt? theyre terrible, terrible vehicles but very expensive and supposedly environmentally friendly. youll hate it.

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                      • #12
                        i've never been a corvair fan, knew a guy who fully restored one with his dad for 3 years ( a 63 i think)

                        anyway, it had been done for a week, he took it out and hit a patch of ice, totaled it
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                        • #13
                          ooh and then there's the karmann 34, I once thought about trading my Spitfire for one of these (not as good looking as this one though)

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                          • #14
                            i've never been a corvair fan, knew a guy who fully restored one with his dad for 3 years ( a 63 i think)

                            anyway, it had been done for a week, he took it out and hit a patch of ice, totaled it


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                            • #15
                              I have owned a couple of VWs from the late 70s. If it will be your only car, I recommend not doing it. It isn't that they aren't reliable (they CAN be, but too many have been poorly taken care of by the shade-tree mechanic), it is just that they aren't very safe, they aren't very warm in the winter, they aren't fast, they don't have good brakes/steering/etc, but they are super fun as a second/hobby car.

                              I would try to find a VW 1500 fastback. Those are cool and rare.
                              Originally Posted by mdrake34


                              I still don't know what the **************** a haunting mids is, but what I do know is that I have never seen such an assortment of sandy, stinky, sopping wet vaginas e-assembled in one place in my life. It's like 300 The Decision-era Lebron's fighting over fuzz pedals.

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