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    JonathanJonathan
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      Hello everyone,

      I have been scouring the Internet for a classic beetle as I have always looked to own one..

      I found a 1975 nearby that needs a clutch, does anyone have any experience with these beetles that knows what I can expect to pay as far as labor? I am familiar that they are pretty simple but I was quoted at around 550 for parts and labor at a local mechanic, which seemed a little steep. At that price, I’d rather order a floor jack and jack stands and do it myself!

      Any input greatly appreciated!

      Cheers,
      -Jono

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      valdevalde
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        You should ask some beetle specialist they probably can do it super-fast and probable cheaper. But if you want to do repair work yourself this will probably be pretty easy and you can find so many videos of engine removal from internet. And if you do this you get to see the engine good.

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        college mancollege man
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          EricTheCarGuy 1EricTheCarGuy
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            Honestly, if you’re going to get a classic vehicle like that why not purchase a service manual and do it yourself? Beatles are pretty easy to work on. In fact, you can drop the engine and transmission out the bottom in just about an hour or so. I know people that do it in less than 20min. It’s a pretty simplistic vehicle which is one of the reasons it was so popular.

            Keep us posted.

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            JamieJamie
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              $550 is a bit steep. The clutch itself is not an expensive part, No more than $100 for a Sachs one.

              If you’re half handy with cars the Beetle is so easy to work on. Eric is 100% correct there. Buy yourself a Bentley service manual for it. The book cost as much as a clutch for the car but it has all the information you need to do every single job on that car. Plus it will have a lot of carry over for Things, Gia and Type 3 air coolers.

              Get some big sturdy jack stands and lift the car nice and high. Drop the engine using a big floor jack, swap the clutch and change the rear main seal at the same time. Lift it back in, bolt it up and away you go. It can be done really quickly if you have a second set of hands to help.

              If you plan on doing a bit of a resto job on it, and or using it in all weather as a regular, reliable driver I strongly recommend retrofitting an electric heater in place of the stock one. For start they actually produce good heat, and secondly wont choke you out with the fumes.

              Love them old air coolers, someday Id like have do a full body up and engine rebuild on a type 3 square back.

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