When I was looking for my Beetle I was told "Don't buy a Super Beetle and don't get a fuel-injected one". Well, I bought a fuel-injected Super and I couldn't be happier with it. Starts perfectly and runs like a sewing machine, a sewing machine that goes Fweeeeeemmmmm!
If you know how to work on them or know someone who knows how to work on them, they are perfectly fine.
Road and Track got a dud in '75 and the dealer near them didn't have a clue (according to the article), and they have been suffering in reputation ever since.
Autostick gets a bad rap, too, but that's another rant waiting to happen.
Ask yourself this question, how many new cars have carbs, how many are injected. FI is superior to carburetion in pretty much every way, even a primitive L jet system. Better driveability, economy and emmissions. The VW setup is sensitive to vacuum leaks , and the control unit in the back luggage area can get trashed, particularly in a leaky convertible. Oh and if you convert it, you can't ever register it in california
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