YayItsJake
As you can tell from the title, I'm a nub and hope with all my fibers i'll be tooling around and on a 73 super.  My first car was a 91 CRX Si so i'm used to a small, lively, manual car. 

My first question for everyone is oddly enough; What questions should i be asking the owner right now?  I have already asked all the token used car questions.  Has it been wrecked? What have you done to it?  hows it run, hows it shift, blah blah.

Second, when i go to look at the car what are the trouble areas i should be concerned with?  I know on hondas it is the rear quarter and door panels that swiss cheese the most.  I have noticed on the site that floor pans are a concern as well as the front suspension.  that has been replaced with a Top Line adjustable kit.  ]

Thirdly and lastly, what are some other good forums/faqs/tech and spec sites?

That does it for my first post. I look forward to hearing back and learning alot.

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YayItsJake wrote:
As you can tell from the title, I'm a nub and hope with all my fibers i'll be tooling around and on a 73 super.  My first car was a 91 CRX Si so i'm used to a small, lively, manual car. 

My first question for everyone is oddly enough; What questions should i be asking the owner right now?  I have already asked all the token used car questions.  Has it been wrecked? What have you done to it?  hows it run, hows it shift, blah blah.

Second, when i go to look at the car what are the trouble areas i should be concerned with?  I know on hondas it is the rear quarter and door panels that swiss cheese the most.  I have noticed on the site that floor pans are a concern as well as the front suspension.  that has been replaced with a Top Line adjustable kit.  ]

Thirdly and lastly, what are some other good forums/faqs/tech and spec sites?

That does it for my first post. I look forward to hearing back and learning alot.

First having had a 1990 CRX...I must warn you don't even begin to compare the two.  It's apples and oranges.  The Super is not a sporty quick machine.  I drove our CRX to Alabama and got 45 MPG.   
 
Loren R. Knapp
In The Hot Sonoran Desert of Arizona - 73 Super Beetle "The Blues."
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YELLRHD
Well you've hit some of the important stuff.
as far as rust goes yes the floor pans as well as anything the suspension bolts to. Also the bottom of the a pillars, the heater channels and rocker panels,
 As afr as the engine goes some questions are
Has it been rebuilt?
If it was rebuilt what kind of parts went into it
Does the seller know the mileage?
How much does it leak?
How often has the oil change/valve adjustment been done?
a compression test is a good thing to do

 If it allready has the Topline suspension components your ahead of the game but try to find out if it was just the struts or has everything imporntant been replaced as well

a couple of good things to check out are How to keep your volkswagen alive AKA the idiot book it has a good guide to purchasing a VW also get a Bently service manual.

Some sites other than this are:
superbeetlesonly.com
germanlook.com
aircooled.net
cbperformance.com
thesamba.com

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YayItsJake
well th owner says that it doesn't leak too bad except for around the gasket on the bottom of the engine?  and thats kinda normal?  he said it's not a leak really just some engine components get a mist of oil.

the top end was rebuilt 14k miles ago, and the front hd a disc brake swap from either ghia or rabbit he can't remember. 

i get 3 "idiot" manuals one is a Bentley.
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YayItsJake
flash wrote:

YayItsJake wrote:
As you can tell from the title, I'm a nub and hope with all my fibers i'll be tooling around and on a 73 super.  My first car was a 91 CRX Si so i'm used to a small, lively, manual car. 

My first question for everyone is oddly enough; What questions should i be asking the owner right now?  I have already asked all the token used car questions.  Has it been wrecked? What have you done to it?  hows it run, hows it shift, blah blah.

Second, when i go to look at the car what are the trouble areas i should be concerned with?  I know on hondas it is the rear quarter and door panels that swiss cheese the most.  I have noticed on the site that floor pans are a concern as well as the front suspension.  that has been replaced with a Top Line adjustable kit.  ]

Thirdly and lastly, what are some other good forums/faqs/tech and spec sites?

That does it for my first post. I look forward to hearing back and learning alot.

First having had a 1990 CRX...I must warn you don't even begin to compare the two.  It's apples and oranges.  The Super is not a sporty quick machine.  I drove our CRX to Alabama and got 45 MPG.   
 



i wasn't trying to compare the two cars i figure the VW is gonna have a few less wires and alot more maintnence
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Sleepwalker
Welcome to "it"
with your thoughts on the 73 super, another thing to look at is the condition of the dash, this will be a "full" dash and replacements for it are not readily available.
Heater channels as well, give them a poke right next to the floor behind the seat rails and right below the front door post.
Spare tire well is another good place to look.
Just my 2 bits worth
Good luck with your buy.
and again welcome!
"He who knows enough to learn, knows enough"
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MY72BUG
If you can get a good highway run with the car you can put the power train through its paces.  Smooth but not neck snapping acceleration, no "Super shimmy" at around 50MPH ( Super beetles are notorious for a front end shimmy that can be a minor or major pain to cure), smooth clutch take up and no howling from the back end when you let up on the gas at speed ( bad crankshaft end play).   Think 80% about the condition of the body, 15% about mechanicals (your parts sourcing and pricing are quite good and the work is within the abilities of a decently skilled shade tree mechanic) and 5% about interior. ( interior work is easy and cheap except for that fancy ' 73 dashboard)  Other sites are The Samba and All Air Cooled.  Information is out there especially the John Muir book "Make your VW last forever; the guide for the complete Idiot"  It is a good general read at a level that all can understand.
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olspeed
Another way to check the crankshaft end-play when you are looking for a used Bug,is to put it in neutral,set the e-brake and then got around to the engine and grab the pulley and pull in and out. It should move a LITTLE bit, but if it moves a lot and goes clunk clunk you will be looking at a motor rebuild shortly.
Olspeed
66 Ghia, "Dexter" 76 flat window Beetle
It's not a Car it's a VolksWagon!
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