Winter Volkswagen?

Asked by Nov 29, 2013 at 03:52 PM

Question type: General

I am looking to buy a vintage VW (either a beetle, karmann ghia, or bus) but a major
problem I see is I live in Upstate New York and we get lots of snow. Is it frowned upon to
drive it in snow? If it'll need regular checkups to keep it functioning, i can do that. Any
suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Cheers

4 Answers

38,435

I would say that the Karmann Ghia would be too light weight for any amount of snow. The bus has a longer wheel base which will give you more control. My uncle drove a 70's bug for years in the snow and he loved it because of the narrow tires. As you know, all the weight is in the rear so you will always have that above wheels. Personally, I would go with a beetle if you can find a good running one.

2 of 2 people found this helpful.
238,065

Who is going to frown on you? I had a friend who had a old beetle and drove it as a daily in the snow. Go for it!

3 of 3 people found this helpful.
66,255

Just be careful with the old Beetles. They tended to rust out at the front end. Sometimes compromising the steering and front suspension. HTH. -Jim

1 of 1 people found this helpful.
240

Only a 4 wheel drive can beat a beetle for traction!

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • Volkswagen 2 answers

    Everyone I know that has a Volkswagen, has had trouble with it within a year. Why is that?

    Volkswagen

    -

    General

  • Volkswagen 2 answers

    Does all automatic Volkswagen beetles have a clutch?

    2006 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    General

  • How is a 90 vw Cabriolet in the winter? 2 answers

    Im looking into buying a 1990 VW Cabriolet. It would be my summer and winter car. Could anyone tell me how these cars do on the snow, and if the heater will be able to keep me warm?

    1990 Volkswagen Cabriolet

    -

    General

  • Looking for a Volkswagen beetle 3 answers

    Looking to purchase a Volkswagen beetle

    2009 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    General

  • how it is in the winter? 9 answers

    Hi everyone i am trying to get a final answer on my dilemma. I am wondering if the 74 Baja bug is good for a daily driver? and most important if they are good cars for cold cold winters as i live in W...

    1974 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Shopping & Pricing

Volkswagen

Looking for a Used Volkswagen in your area?

CarGurus has 114,047 nationwide Volkswagen listings starting at $950.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Questions

Volkswagen Experts

#1 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 9,390
#2 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 4,460
#3 Scott Sr.
Scott Sr.
Reputation 4,450
View All

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.