College Student looking to buy a fully restored '65 Beetle?

Asked by Sep 12, 2013 at 01:22 AM about the Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: General

College student here! And looking to buy this fully restored '65 Beetle for $5500. Wondering if '65 Beetles might be dependable enough to be used as a daily driver? I'm willing to work on it, although I'm somewhat new to working on cars (heard classic VWs were 'easier') and put some money into it, but not alot. Also wondering if its generally easier to shift than most other manual's? (heard again). Love to hear your thoughts/input!
Here's the one I'm looking at:
http://chicago.craigslist.org/nwc/cto/4043474344.html

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If it is fully restored then you shouldn't have any problems with it for some time. No they are not easier to shift and sometimes reverse can be a bit finicky especially when cold weather set in. It looks like it has been lowered, that may cause some concern with little or no suspension travel will give a harshness to the ride that might not be tolerable as a daily driver. Keep the engine tuned up and the valves adjusted. The only other thing I can think of is the heater system, Very poor unless it has had the auxiliary unit installed under the bonnet.

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