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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals N. America, Inc. (July 30 1998)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850107297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850107293
  • Product Dimensions: 21 x 1.9 x 27 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 408 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #150,843 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Haynes offers the best coverage for cars, trucks, vans, SUVs and motorcycles on the market today. Each manual contains easy to follow step-by-step instructions linked to hundreds of photographs and illustrations. Included in every manual: troubleshooting section to help identify specific problems; tips that give valuable short cuts to make the job easier and eliminate the need for special tools; notes, cautions and warnings for the home mechanic; color spark plug diagnosis and an easy to use index.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on July 18 2000
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This is a great book for the Do-it your self, back yard, VW mechanic. Information is easy to find and easy to use. This book has full wiring diagrams. They were color coded at one time, but the black and white version is still quite useful. I find this book has much more info than the Chilton repair guide. If I had to choose one manual for my VW, this would be the one.
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I have bought Haynes manuals for every car I have owned, and I can't imagine trying to work on a car without one. They are not perfect, since they are based upon tear down and build up os a typical car, and very occasionally they are guilty of a faux pas or two. But overall, for the price difference between these manuals and the dealers manuals they are really hard to fault!
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He says it was very helpful in his restoration of a '70 beetle. It has a lot of good information in it according to him.
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
Vw Beetle & Karmann Ghia Automotive Repair Manual (Haynes Re July 18 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
This is a great book for the Do-it your self, back yard, VW mechanic. Information is easy to find and easy to use. This book has full wiring diagrams. They were color coded at one time, but the black and white version is still quite useful. I find this book has much more info than the Chilton repair guide. If I had to choose one manual for my VW, this would be the one.
25 of 26 people found the following review helpful
This 2006 Edition has been severely downgraded. Jan. 31 2010
By schunacher - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
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.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Haynes Repair & Workshop manual is one of the best June 11 2006
By Mr. Lee T. Noonan - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I own 12 different Repair/Workshop/service manuals that cover My 1968 1500 Beetle and the 1600 engine. This is the manual I read most, when I find a problem. Its well written, has many photographs, diagrams and exploded view diagrams which show You how things go back together after You have pulled them apart. I can't think of any subjects that are missing or not well recorded. I would recommend this manual to anyone owning a Volkswagen Beetle, in any country, LHD or Right Hand Drive.

This manual won't let You down... its great...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
inaccurate and disorganized April 1 2010
By Michael Coughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Trying to cram too much information to cover many model years can only result in mistakes. Just check out the tune-up maintenance sections. The paragraphs for manual timing and timing light adjustments are mixed together in a very confusing manner. There was no proof reading obviously.

What's worse, when adjusting the valves, you must turn the crank counter-clockwise 180 degrees to get each cylinder to TDC in 1,2,3,4 order. However, this manual states clockwise 180, so the result will be values that are incorrectly gapped.

The do-it-yourselfer should not use this manual as the final word, but rather check many sources on the internet for verification first.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
South Africa July 24 2006
By Nuno Miguel Da Graca - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I recently purchased my first Beetle, a 1961 model year. I intend performing a ground-up restoration. I just received my copy of this book and have read it cover to cover. This is a very honest book and offers easy step by step guides in servicing the vehicle and carrying out all mechanical repairs. What it doesn't cover in sufficient detail is any sort of body / interior restoration, but then it doesn't claim to do so. A great book and I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty.


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