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2013-01-13 06:45:40 PM
I don't get it.
 
2013-01-13 07:46:59 PM

St_Francis_P: I don't get it.


I was not getting it before not getting it was cool.
 
2013-01-13 08:32:14 PM

St_Francis_P: I don't get it.


Volkswagon bugs used to be hippie cars like in the 1960s.
 
2013-01-13 08:56:56 PM
VW's increase in sales is cause for celebration among tow truck drivers everywhere.
 
2013-01-13 09:06:51 PM
You could't kill a hippie-era VW with a hammer.
 
2013-01-13 09:32:11 PM
They've started making the VW bus again?
 
2013-01-13 10:24:08 PM

Sgygus: You could't kill a hippie-era VW with a hammer.


This. It's a long and sordid tale so I won't bother you with it but, the first car with a manual transmission I ever drove for any length of time was a beetle. I'm not sure what you mean by hippie-era, I think this car was a pre-Civil War model. The heater didn't work, the driver side door had the panel taken off so that you could trigger the handle mechanism, most of the passenger floor board was missing, the gas pedal was a door knob, and you could sometimes get it going up to 40mph - if you were going downhill with a decent tailwind. But that raggedy little car started up -eventually- every time you needed it to. It moved under it's own power and usually stopped when you wanted it to. The thing was like a cockroach, it just wouldn't die.
 
2013-01-13 11:43:36 PM
Whatever. It's not like they're driving the VWs ironically. They're driving them because they are inexpensive and widely available. Plus, the funny German name puts people in the "European = sporty/luxury" mindset.

Driving a junky old Ford pickup ironically... now THAT's the hipster thing to do.
 
2013-01-13 11:55:54 PM

L.D. Ablo: VW's increase in sales is cause for celebration among tow truck drivers everywhere.


It's true.

VWs are the MOST fun cars to drive. They feel great. And then, 6 months later, things start breaking, and they KEEP breaking, until you give up and sell it.

I owned 2 VWs before I gave up. I've warned friends and family about VWs, but some of them bought them anyway, and regretted it. Now they know better, too.
 
2013-01-14 12:22:50 AM
As long as you kept the valves adjusted, the bug would go for a long time. The # 3 exhaust valve was the most important.
 
2013-01-14 12:30:56 AM

Philbb: Sgygus: You could't kill a hippie-era VW with a hammer.

This. It's a long and sordid tale so I won't bother you with it but, the first car with a manual transmission I ever drove for any length of time was a beetle. I'm not sure what you mean by hippie-era, I think this car was a pre-Civil War model. The heater didn't work, the driver side door had the panel taken off so that you could trigger the handle mechanism, most of the passenger floor board was missing, the gas pedal was a door knob, and you could sometimes get it going up to 40mph - if you were going downhill with a decent tailwind. But that raggedy little car started up -eventually- every time you needed it to. It moved under it's own power and usually stopped when you wanted it to. The thing was like a cockroach, it just wouldn't die.


And now for the rest of the story: I owned two, a bug and a square back and they both were the proverbial PsOS.

As for the sales increase: The thing that gets me is that VW dumbed down the Jetta to American tastes - making uit look bland and reducing its power - and sales went up! On an uglier car!!
 
2013-01-14 12:42:16 AM
"VW hoeps sepciality vesion"? Did the article writer get a nasti møøse bïte or something?
 
2013-01-14 12:48:48 AM
I love my Golf. It just turned 100,00, and the only thing that has died on it in an untimely way was its water pump at 80,000.

Drives solid, looks OK, and I can fit shiatloads of stuff in the hatch.

Manual transmission, so nobody is going to steal it. I will drive it until it lights on fire, like all VWs do. They prefer viking funerals.
 
2013-01-14 01:30:21 AM

Mara See Mara Do: "VW hoeps sepciality vesion"? Did the article writer get a nasti møøse bïte or something?


It's USA today, they can only think in infographics
 
2013-01-14 01:36:05 AM

douchebag/hater: And now for the rest of the story: I owned two, a bug and a square back and they both were the proverbial PsOS.

As for the sales increase: The thing that gets me is that VW dumbed down the Jetta to American tastes - making uit look bland and reducing its power - and sales went up! On an uglier car!!


I'm not sure what your point is in regards to my post. The vehicle wasn't mine, it belonged to someone that I was pretty close to at the time. I will honestly admit that that bug was a POS while also acknowledging the fact that it kept running no matter how badly it was treated. I also admit that I know nothing about the VW Jetta except that I saw it advertised many years ago.
 
2013-01-14 01:42:35 AM
Hey submitter they have always been the same thing.

In Greenwich Village in the 1960s, New York City, young counterculture advocates were named hips because they were considered "in the know" or "cool", as opposed to being square. In a 1961 essay, Kenneth Rexroth used both the terms hipster and hippies to refer to young people participating in African American or Beatnik nightlife.

Learn your history then get off my lawn.
 
2013-01-14 02:02:56 AM
Lemme guess, bathing has become too mainstream.

*clicks*

Well, I was close.

/I was not liking things for being cool before it was cool
 
2013-01-14 02:50:24 AM

realmolo: L.D. Ablo: VW's increase in sales is cause for celebration among tow truck drivers everywhere.

It's true.

VWs are the MOST fun cars to drive. They feel great. And then, 6 months later, things start breaking, and they KEEP breaking, until you give up and sell it.

I owned 2 VWs before I gave up. I've warned friends and family about VWs, but some of them bought them anyway, and regretted it. Now they know better, too.


I owned a '91 Jetta for quite a while and never had any problems with it. Well, except for the day I got it when I couldn't figure out how to get it into reverse.
 
2013-01-14 02:57:30 AM

fusillade762: realmolo: L.D. Ablo: VW's increase in sales is cause for celebration among tow truck drivers everywhere.

It's true.

VWs are the MOST fun cars to drive. They feel great. And then, 6 months later, things start breaking, and they KEEP breaking, until you give up and sell it.

I owned 2 VWs before I gave up. I've warned friends and family about VWs, but some of them bought them anyway, and regretted it. Now they know better, too.

I owned a '91 Jetta for quite a while and never had any problems with it. Well, except for the day I got it when I couldn't figure out how to get it into reverse.


It's the B on the gearshift (for Backenspeeden).
 
2013-01-14 03:22:11 AM
All the hipsters I know of drive the little hatchback ones with band or anti-establishment stickers on the back window so I could see the sales increase.
 
2013-01-14 04:53:01 AM

Sgygus: You could't kill a hippie-era VW with a hammer.


My '73 Super Beetle caught fire. I rebuilt the engine, sold it to my girlfriend, she drove it for another 5-6 years.
 
2013-01-14 05:06:29 AM
The curent VW offering just don't do it anymore.
I want my Bus to have a flat-four in the back.
I'm just a perv like that.
 
2013-01-14 07:06:42 AM
Audi, Bentley, Bugatti and Lamborghini sales are obviuously skewing the numbers.
 
2013-01-14 08:28:45 AM

fusillade762: They've started making the VW bus again?


They never stopped making them in Brazil, but those don't get sent our way. The late-model ones are water-cooled with a big radiator in front, but otherwise still look just like the '70s-era buses.

/still misses the rusted-out, Corvair-powered '71 bus my family had when I was growing up
//those extra two cylinders made a big difference
 
2013-01-14 09:30:14 AM

Gecko Gingrich: St_Francis_P: I don't get it.

I was not getting it before not getting it was cool.


I haven't been getting it since before it was it.
 
2013-01-14 10:54:07 AM

Mugato: St_Francis_P: I don't get it.

Volkswagon bugs used to be hippie cars like in the 1960s.


Well, sure, but VWs today aren't hipster cars.
 
2013-01-14 01:41:48 PM

fusillade762: They've started making the VW bus again?


yes.

2014 VW Microbus
 
2013-01-14 02:33:50 PM

Philbb: I think this car was a pre-Civil War model.


Was it over when Hitler shot Stonewall Jackson at Chancellorsville?
 
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