I will agree with all the positive remarks in the above postings. I have always done my own work. My last rebuild was in 1995, I removed and replaced the engine. I assembled the engines top half, (not the crank, pistons, or heads). I have put 122K+ miles on this engine, without a breakdown. The only other timed I was towed, (on a flatbed of course) was when I broke a clutch cable "eyelet" where the cable meets the pedel hook, that had worn sharp, and cut the eyelet). Once I had to replace the coil. I am ready for a rebuild now. This time I am going to trust the shop-Steve Tims, Riverside CA to do all the work, and replace with a 1641 this time, with some performace work added. I have been driving this Bug over 20-years and still having fun. The beauty of a Beetle is that it is a very simple machine. No electronics to speak of. If something goes wrong, it is usually simple to figure out. Blessings on your decision. Hope you are a BugMan as I write... Patrick.
1972 Super, daily driver over 21-years. June 9, 2011 new case Brazil "041" with rebuilt German heads, all stock 1600, new generator, starter, clutch/plate/throw-out, new German 34-pict-3, 1973 Air Filter(paper element), German stock exhaust. 4K+ on engine, 24-29 mpg.