What year did the vw bettle come with a automatic transmission

Asked by Jun 11, 2016 at 03:58 PM about the Volkswagen Beetle

Question type: General

I want to buy my wife a beetle . I wanted a automatic transmission for her .
what year should I be looking into for her

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1968, and you definitely don't want one!

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Or, do you mean a New Beetle? Completely different car. If you are talking about the New Beetle, they should be fine.


Check this out,. http://www.carcomplaints.com/Volkswagen/Beetle/

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Have you considered an Asian car,. like the Mazda Miata?

I have a 72 super beetle autostick that runs great and it's for sale if your still looking.


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The 3- speed semi-automatic (or autostick) came out in 1968, and as exemplified by MarkW's misleading and completely uninformed comment above, they get a lot of bad rap for no reason other than they use a few more parts (mainly vacuum-controlled valves and a mechanical clutch arm) that shade tree VW mechanics found a bit tougher to diagnose and didn't want to mess with. In fact, the semi-auto is virtually the same transmission as the 4-speed with the gear ratios of the 3-speed the exact same as 2nd, 3rd, and 4th in the 4 speed. It works just fine as long as the vacuum hoses are intact, the electrical contacts in the base of the shifter are adjusted properly, and the clutch servo diaphragm is not torn (mine lasted for almost 50 years, sooo....) Mark has no clue what he's talking about and is simply parroting what he's heard from other misinformed and clueless people. Plus, he had the nerve to recommend the New Beetle with all its glaring electrical issues and questionable drivetrain quality??

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