I have a 2002 the same color, bought from the original owner 8-years ago and don't ever plan on getting rid of it. The sum of the dollars are not close to the sum of the enjoyment of having a car that you enjoy and love to drive.
Nice cars, the advantage of living in TEXAS!I could have reduced that to around $4500 total if I had not cracked the oil pan and just left it in the shape it was in. But I had just had a new car and I wanted this one to be like new, and it is now. A friend of mine just bought a new gas Beetle for $17k. Mine is as nice as his almost and much cheaper and more economical. My plan is to have it for a very long time. It isn't the thing most people do though. Here are my other cars, both with flathead V8's:
It's going to be a good size job, for sure. I was reviewing your build thread to get ideas on what suspension parts you went with.Sounds like quite a job. I am currently working on a 2002 Excursion 7.3l diesel I just bought. I should put tow bars on my Beetle and tow it behind the Excursion.
Please post pix on you're rebuild as well. I'm sure something I get will be a driving work-in-progress.Nice job, Lightflyer! Impressive!
I'm going to start on a 2003 Jetta TDI 5 speed build (resurrection) this month that has 300K on it. I just bought it from the original owner for $750. Runs good, has a Kerma tune, it's a GLS, all original including the entire suspension!
Car gas been in Wisconsin most of its life. Front fenders are toast.
Agreed! Fix it for comfort, speed, handling, and then, drive the wheels off of it! Dave.You have done everything to your Beetle that most of us have been wanting to do but cannot afford to. I am happy for you and wish your car lots of enjoyable miles! Let the haters hate, but if you can afford to fix it up, why not? Like you said, it's not for sale and you plan on keeping it and getting use out of it!
It's nice to see these older TDI's come back to life and continue to be the great cars that they are.Thanks all! It is doing fine and handles my commute and single driving needs very well. It looks very nice and is in great condition now. I get compliments/offers for it quite often. I have been driving my new 2002 Excursion 7.3l diesel to see what kind of economy it gets. 17 mpg in town isn't too bad for a mountain of a vehicle. I will take it on a trip soon to see what highway economy it gets.
Thanks for the tip!If you want any OEM parts hurry as they are rapidly becoming no longer available. This is the reason I ordered new door cards and such. They should last another decade hopefully.
I'm seeing NB's w one eye taped. So it would need a another bucket is all?Just had the headlights replaced with new ones to include replacing the locking latches for them in the buckets. Also had the windshield washers repaired. Robbie had to disassemble the front end to run all new tubing.
Ok, thanks for the reply. I ordered a different Kenwood deck from Crutchfield with the same Metra install kit. The install kit was broken when I received it...which isn't a big deal, I think I can still use it but Crutchfield is sending me a new replacement anyway (they're not worth anything...just a couple pieces of plastic).Never installed it. I did get the kit though. I am having the blend door foam issue and was waiting until I had time to address that to do the stereo at the same time.
After you posted about that Kenwood model in another thread I was planning on buying the exact same unit myself. Turns out that model isn't offered by Crutchfield in Canada so I ended up going with the BT365U:The model I have supposedly got very good reviews. All I wanted from mine was BT connectivity. I tend to stream everything from my phone.