The 1998 edition (purple cover with hand drawn Bug) was a much better manual. This 2006 edition (dark blue cover with photo of a blue Bug) has had all VW copyrighted material removed. This includes dozens of VW exploded views, wiring diagrams, and photographs. All that remains are some photos that were taken by "Larry's Foreign Car Repair" (see the acknowledgements behind the title page). The acknowledgement actually used to thank Volkswagen of America, Inc. until this edition. Presumably Haynes no longer wanted to pay the royalty or license fees to VW so they stripped the manual. One example of the destruction is Chapter 4, Fuel and Exhaust Systems, which used to be 20 pages and is now 12 pages. Another example: the wiring diagrams are now simplified line drawings instead of the much more detailed VW versions. You can still get useful information from this manual and you can still get the VW content by buying the awesome official VW service manuals, e.g. 1952-57: Workshop Manual: Volkswagen Types 11, 14, and 15 : 1952-1957. But if you want this manual then get the older version if you can, it is much better than the new one.