can I put a subaru drivetrain on a custom pan on a beetle body

Asked by Apr 29, 2013 at 06:09 PM about the Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: Car Customization

I want to build a all wheel drive beetle and make it using a subaru drivetrain

10 Answers

I'd take the chassis completely off measure the wheelbase, contact points, clearances and do the engineering, drawings will be needed of course...many complications....kind 0' a spiffy idea, but will take at least one year if not two to complete....by the time you're done you'll spend a whole bunch of money and end up with something that is going to disappoint and be difficult/impossible to describe to get replacement parts for-----my advise, don't do it, buy one that already has the features that you seek~

1 people found this helpful.
106,685

If you want a AWD Beetle, put the Beetle body on a Subaru pan.

3 people found this helpful.

yes...but you'll need a team of guys....and a lot of beer!~

2 people found this helpful.
106,685

It sounds like a local forum mod day. A few cases of beer, some burgers, hot dogs, cutting torch and a saws-all. A half dozen guys would make short work of it...

2 people found this helpful.

...got to put on the brakes right here, and remind you that VW beetles are the most uncomfortable ride, much like a wartime Jeep only worse and depends on the seat largely for isolation from road vibration~

guess I'm getting olde now and crave the cushiony matressy no roll bar needed feel of a big pillowy american beauty...the 73 fury III was just about it except the sister ran it out of oil....till smokin'~

six-way adjustable bench seat~ we will probably never see this level of wasted engineering ever again~

1 people found this helpful.
106,685

If they go with the Subaru pan, they'll need the newer Beetle body to cover the front end engine. It will ride like a Subaru as long as the bodies weigh about the same.

1 people found this helpful.
4,955

There are a multitude of Vanagons out there with Subaru engines retrofitted...I think Kennedy Engineering makes the adapter plates...I've seen Subie based dune buggies, too...with Type IV transaxles.

5

I love my 2002 VW New Beetle, the leather and all, and oh, the turbo! Comes very handy when merging on the highways. Quite comfy ride, I don't know what some folks complain about. Mine is a snap orange

Your Answer

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 8,021 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,600.

ZIP:

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

  • #1
    tenspeed
    Reputation
    1,940
  • #2
    Chris Billings
    Reputation
    1,610
  • #3
    Tom Demyan
    Reputation
    1,510
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
173 Great Deals out of 9,543 listings starting at $2,250
Used Volkswagen Jetta
406 Great Deals out of 24,939 listings starting at $1,800
Used Jeep Wrangler
254 Great Deals out of 18,606 listings starting at $1,950
Used Honda Civic
342 Great Deals out of 52,547 listings starting at $1,200
Used Ford Mustang
253 Great Deals out of 36,697 listings starting at $2,500
Used Volkswagen Golf
84 Great Deals out of 5,000 listings starting at $999
Used Volkswagen Eos
23 Great Deals out of 967 listings starting at $3,300
Used Honda Accord
447 Great Deals out of 102,248 listings starting at $800
Used Chevrolet Camaro
238 Great Deals out of 28,790 listings starting at $1,800
Used Volkswagen GTI
70 Great Deals out of 6,297 listings starting at $2,395
Used FIAT 500
75 Great Deals out of 3,369 listings starting at $2,550
Used Volkswagen Passat
328 Great Deals out of 25,617 listings starting at $1,000
Used BMW 3 Series
860 Great Deals out of 32,465 listings starting at $900
Used Toyota Corolla
553 Great Deals out of 67,463 listings starting at $1,495
Used Toyota Camry
779 Great Deals out of 71,027 listings starting at $1,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.