I've had four VW's, two Beetles, a Transporter (1 ton panel van) panel
van and a Polo. The were generally reliable, apart from the second
Beetle that continually seized, despite several returns to the shop.
Eventually I stripped the engine down, had both the crankshaft and
camshaft bearings skimmed, fitted new shells throughout and never had
another problem. In my case I was being fleeced by the shop, but I
agree with you, reputation is all. Lancia beta's used to be imported
here until they started falling apart with rust in under two years.
Their reputation was shot and the makers "Fiat" had to pull the brand
from the UK, it has never been re-introduced.
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