1974 Volkswagen Beetle User Reviews

1974 Volkswagen Beetle Review Ratings

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  • Performance:3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars3.1 out of 5 stars 3.1 / 5
  • Appearance:4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars4.1 out of 5 stars 4.1 / 5
  • Build Quality:4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars 4.3 / 5
  • Overall: 4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars4.6 out of 5 stars 4.6 / 5

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PROS
"ride" 12 reviews
"power" 9 reviews
"fuel economy" 5 reviews
"body" 3 reviews
"cheap car" 3 reviews
CONS
"fuel economy" 2 reviews
"power" 2 reviews
"in snow" 2 reviews
"ugly car" 2 reviews
"brakes" 2 reviews

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An absolute blast to drive. Always started whether it was -10 or 100. Great mileage around 34-36. Roomier inside than you'd think; accelerator driven heating control. You were king/queen in the 0-150 foot drag race, nothing was faster in any class. Vault like door closure; if you didn't crack a window, the door wouldn't close. Great personality. Went in anything.

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Hotter than hell in the summer. Hotter then hades when you were moving, except of course in the winter when you needed a little hades. Alignment seemed to be an issue for whatever reason, that was my biggest complaint..

JohnTheCarNut
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A Car Like No Other I've Driven. — We'll start with the obvious first. Performance or lack thereof. It was never mean to to be a performance car, and most buyers knew that. It was basic transportation to get you back and forth, and the occasional road trip (I did many from Washington to Boston and back 2-3 times a year) so you can tell I had no problem driving it far and wide. I had the best personality of any car I've ever owned, and I've owned a lot 'better' far more comfortable vehicles since, but for some reason can't get the car out of my head. I had so many fun times in that car, loved the color; Dark Green with a tan 'leatherette' interior (which btw, you'd stick to in 10 minutes if it were hotter that 70 degrees out. I could go one, but you get the idea. I loved the car, quirks and all. One of the more ingenious or epic fails depending on your view point, was the air for the washer was run off the spare time until it reached a certain level and it would stop so you wouldn't flatten the spare. The battery under the back seat; not the easiest place to get at I didn't find particularly wonderful either. The only things I added were an Abarth exhaust system which had a wonderful note both inside and out, and some Michelin radial tires. What an improvement. Of, I'm done. Hope you 74 owners found this interesting, as well as people who have never had the fun of at least driving one. Oh, one more thing. In high winds and on the highway you weren't driving as much sailing them.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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Reliability, easy to tune, maintain and modify, character, that signiature engine note!

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Interior space, comfort, brakes

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Like Marmite - You Love It Or Hate It — Lovely car, easy to work on and maintain, bags of character allthough it helps to be handy with the spanners!. Very noisy, brakes are awful, ride comfort and interior space is minimal however, that said, these cars are great fun and draws a lot of positive attention. Very easy to tune and modify for a car that isn't really built for speed!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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cute, runs great,drives great

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no air

jeannettesiri
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Cute, Nice Classic--just Bought,fun To Drive, Shifts Easy-except Reverse — like a lot-great gas milage,fun,cute,no air,turn signals need work, but otherwise great, seems to drive great fun to go fast on turns, shifts wonderful--espically after not driving stick shift for 20 years, when test drove-he said looks like you got that dfown pat-amazing. so far i love it, my son even drove and said it was fun to drive.

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Classic

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dead-slow

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Must Have — perf - lacks Horse Power , enough braking pwr, sometimes handling can be scary cause of driving height :D build quality - great for its age app - girls dig it:D very clean in inside Extremely fun to drive very good looking car has ear-gasmic sound

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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cute and classic

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cold in winter

unclogum
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Round Town Only — First off the Bug is no longer cheap, there slow,poor brakes,most modern built cars beat them on gas mileage, Yea I have had 3 and drove the heck out of them. But to buy one today for practical reasons,not really. Try cruising across Montana at speed limit of 75 and it will change your view.Also lots of rebuild engines that don't hold up. Buy a used satern instead

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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the style

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rain, snow, salt and the result!

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Classic Cruiser! — I drive a '74 Volkswagen Käfer, or like it's called in english a Volkswagen Beetle. It's an amazing car, absolutly funny to drive and you're always on the sunny cruising side of the road with it. And because of the unbelieveble numbers of built beetles you'll always find repair kits.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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why not?

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don't avoid her.. come check her out

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She's Hot And Fun — my bug has ok performance, still working on all that. she's got a alittle more work to do. its a bug so there are pretty much always squeaks and rattles and what not. exterior: she has a pretty nice pant job, that me and my dad did... my boyfriend designed it. gas mileage is about.... i think that last time we calculated it it was about 29 miles/gallon. and that was when she wasn't running so hot. the interior still has sum work to do, not much. have to rhino line her... and then get new seats. maintenance isn't to bad.. im still learning alot. i have good teachers tho(dad, and seth). my car is so much fun to drive... especially once all the off roading parts are put on. can't wait!!!

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it's a solid car that looks good easy to work on and is fun to drive

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it doesn't like the hot weather

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Everything!!! — I really enjoy the car and there isn't much on what i dislike about it except i don't have the money to do much to it. It is powered by a 48 hp flat 4 air cooled engine so there isn't much on the performance side of things. The germans built it right though. I had a '71 super a couple of years ago that i roled down the interstate and walked away from it. It is classified as one of the most recignazeable cars on the road. I bought the car for a grand and it runs great. I would recomend this car to anyone who wants to have fu driving and get noticed doing it!

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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It's an old classic, but drives like any other car.

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No air-conditioning or blower fan for cabin...

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I Love My Beetle For What It Is... Not What I Want It To Be. — For a car from 1974, I think my car is still in very good nic, mostly because of its good build Quality. It handles like a old car, but it's not too bad. Interior is still original, and looking very good. Carpets need to be replaced, but seats are still good, without tears. Fuel economy isn't great... but it's acceptable.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

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Everything

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Can rust if u dont take care of it.

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1974 Volkswagen Beetle — acceleration is decent braking no the best, (has drums) it has excellent build quality, engine easy to repair, not many repairs needed, no squeals or rattles, the exterior styling is timeles, the interiors pretty cool as well, with sports buckets standard. gas milage is great, maintanence costs dirt cheap, and the car is amazingly fun to drive i never get bored of it.

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

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