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road trip in the Beetle or not?

A good friend of mine and I are planning a small road trip. actually just to the NYS fair which is roughly 3.5 hours north driving the highways. we would take as many scenic and side roads as possible up until Auburn Ny where, it would be easiest to get on 690 ( I think ) and go the rest of the way to the fair...

I'm ither going to take the Beetle, or my '98 Ranger.. would like to take the beetle. but it is a 1974 Autostick SB so parts are not on store shelves, especially for the autostick transaxle... if I have an extra set of points/ condensor, fuel filter and a fan belt in the back seat... should the car be good enough to make that trip?

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it should be good enough for a, what, 7 hour round trip drive, but, if you have doubts, I'd take the ranger...
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Old 08-16-2010, 04:40 PM
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Well nobody knows how well this piece of German engineering has been maintained better than you , if it's yours . Your call .
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Didn't you just purchase this car? All have to say is Murphy's Law. Best of luck with your trip either way. Have fun and be safe.
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I have driven "odd" cars all my life and I have always chuckled at the thoughts on the subject.

First off, in 1975 what would you have driven? And we are talking all the way across the US from sea to shinning sea, the VW would have done it then!

"They don't stock parts for it". This is one that gives me the most chuckles.
What are you going to do rebuild that tranny out on the side of the road?

This is one of my chuckles on the same thoughts with a small block Chevy. What are you going to do rebuild the friggin thing on the highway? Nope, if it is a catatrophic failure it is going to be towed back home. Or at the very least towed to a shop and then you go back home and come and get the car in a month once it is fixed.

As mentioned, only you know the condition of the car. But if it's been maintained and in nice shape why not drive it?

The funny thing is, that Ranger can have some computer problem ANY TIME and you are stuck, exactly the same as with the VW.

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My thoughts are: If you can't trust it to make 7 hours of casual driving, why do you own it? I have two street rods and a restored Corvair laying around and would take them any where, any time. Total faith in them to just keep on ticking and none of them know what casual driving is. How confident am I? Don't even carry a jack in the pickup, nor do I bother to throw in a tool kit. A couple of my short notice trips: one from Homestead, Fla to Ogden Utah in the pickup, starting on the 1st of July and arriving on the 4th; another from Asheville, NC to San Francisco, Cal in a Corvair by way of Dallas, El Paso, Tuscon, San Diego, LA in July. Lots of others over 1000 miles one way.

Even if you were to break hard, rent a small truck and tow dolly, take it home, load the PU on the dolly, drop the rental rig off and back home, all in the same day when you are only 3.5 hours max from home.

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