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Here's Why VW Sold Over 21 Million Beetles - Bug Demuro Beetle Diaries Ep.9

Published on Aug 17, 2018 385,891 views

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Here's Why the VW Sold Over 21 Million Beetles - Bug Demuro Beetle Diaries Ep.9

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  • Alexander Mitchell
    Alexander Mitchell 10 месяцев назад Please cover the terminals on your battery.
  • hgodtx
    hgodtx 1 месяц назад I was always scared the metal spring wire of the rear seat would short out the battery when someone sat down.
  • Michel Rousseau
    Michel Rousseau 4 месяца назад @PC No That battery was 6 volt, lots of amperage there.
  • akronymus
    akronymus 8 месяцев назад they used to be open. No risc, no fun. Early models hardly had any fuses either.
  • Mr99Boxer
    Mr99Boxer 8 месяцев назад (изменено) @PC No Glad you are alive due to your snowsuit and lived to tell your story. It would impress the chicks at a bar mit bier ! Ja wohl. I hated wearing those snowsuits, if you fell over you couldn't get back up. Danke shoen
  • PC No
    PC No 9 месяцев назад When I was 4, in 1965, and, luckily, wearing a snow suit, I felt a sharp impact on my leg and heard a huge bang from under the seat (which, in a '57, had an open frame). By the time I arrived at school, the car smelled like rotten eggs and during recess, I noticed that it was still in the parking lot. Who knows how I'd have fared if I'd been wearing shorts, but the car was back on the road with a new battery the next day. The same thing happened 15 years later to my 1973 Cadillac, but of course it was less obvious from inside the car. I think today's batteries, with bladders to contain the hydrogen, are less prone to that sort of explosion.
  • Stephen Porta
    Stephen Porta 9 месяцев назад oh yes, i too have experienced the dreaded vdub hotseat
  • Neil Bronner
    Neil Bronner 9 месяцев назад If you don't cover the terminals and someone is sitting in the back seat, the back seat can catch fire when the springs touch the terminals!
  • Yusuf Petersen
    Yusuf Petersen 9 месяцев назад yes please had super cringe when saw it uncovered thats one way to heat up the back seat lol..
  • Nate Rally
    Nate Rally 9 месяцев назад Mitchell Harden if you "do it" in the back seat there WILL be FireWorks
  • Todd Norman
    Todd Norman 10 месяцев назад Also in answer to your question. The reason beetles have running boards is... when Porsche made the original prototype it did not have those and mud and dirt splattered all over the back of the car. They are there to prevent the car getting as dirty.
  • Sonny Haskins
    Sonny Haskins 4 недели назад @bhaggen -And do you remember when Hitler put Ferdinand Porsche in jail after he finished his completed drawings for the beetle; as the story goes, just long enough for germans to subscribe to THAT RIDICULOUS " strength thru work" program that Hitler initiated and also set up a financial program for germans TO pay as they go for their new " Volkswagen" (a.k.a. The Peoples Wagen).
  • Sonny Haskins
    Sonny Haskins 4 недели назад Sort of like mud flaps.....cool !!!
  • margus kiis
    margus kiis 2 месяца назад @bhaggen Tatra 87, Cord 812, Holden FX
  • 2bonk22
    2bonk22 4 месяца назад Also, remember it was 1937 - most cars had running boards then.
  • halnwheels
    halnwheels 4 месяца назад Great reply. You're probably right, especially since the car's wheel stance was outside the body line. bhaggen pretty much says that too!
  • donnie brown
    donnie brown 7 месяцев назад @Cal Ryan had a 64 square back that had been brought back by service member. He had it changed to a left hand drive. Had things on it you couldn't get at that time. Seat belts, emergency flashers, and yes a great gas heater. Heater was either off or on, had a swivel nozzel under dash and would absolutely make you sweat after just a couple of minutes.
  • Ricardo Mierz
    Ricardo Mierz 7 месяцев назад Cal Ryan Yup, a lot of stuff that was OK back in the days is now barbarian for some reason... The old 60's Ford Econoline window and camper vans had optional gasoline burning heaters installed on the floor behind the driver, they were super rare, I've only seen them in old sales brochures.
  • Delon Duvenage
    Delon Duvenage 8 месяцев назад Notice how is now avoiding the issue , hehehe
  • akronymus
    akronymus 8 месяцев назад Renault 4CV, Citroen 2CV, Fiat 1000 (as early as 1934), Skoda Popular, ... - most continental European cars with 'external fenders' did not have this board. The Merc 300 of 1951 did - this obviously was seen as a luxury or conservative style option.
  • Done Whiskey
    Done Whiskey 8 месяцев назад @TrueNomadSkies Same!
  • bhaggen
    bhaggen 8 месяцев назад (изменено) @Cal Ryan.....The floor heater could literally melt your sneakers, but the best defroster was the vent wings. The higher you keep the rpms the more heat you get. If the streets were flooded you can navigate it like a paddle-wheeler, but all bets are off on the heat. If you failed to shut the heat off in time, it became a sauna. You had to be involved with the car.....kinda like a woman. On the other hand, in todays cars everything works great until a little plastic "door" breaks and you have to spend almost what a Bug used to cost, on the repair, since the whole dash has to come out!  Eberspächer made auxiliary fuel burning heaters and are still in business. Many Type IIs and most Type IVs came standard with them.
  • bhaggen
    bhaggen 8 месяцев назад @Theodore Zuckerman.....I can stand on my running boards with no problem if need be, but they're German NOT Brazilian! You gets what you pays for.
  • Theodore Zuckerman
    Theodore Zuckerman 8 месяцев назад (изменено) Sounds plausible, the "running boards" will keep stuff from splashing up onto the body and fenders.. Other cars at the time had running boards, and having running boards made the car less different-looking, however they can't really function as running boards - you can't safely stand on them while the car is moving. They are not wide enough, and they are too flimsy. They are held in only with screws going through holes in thin sheet metal and they flex, even break, if you stand on them.
  • Cal Ryan
    Cal Ryan 8 месяцев назад bhaggen how did the beetle get more heat to the interior? I recall driving in winter and scraping ice off the inside of the windshield (NEOhio). I heard in Europe you could have a gas heater installed.
  • bhaggen
    bhaggen 8 месяцев назад @Cal Ryan.....My 69 had a roof-rack for the tent, bed rolls, & sleeping bags on camping trips to the Kern. The back seat was folded down for two big ice chests, the propane stove, lanterns, a weeks worth of food a raft, and portable kitchen I made. It was slightly modified & went 85 pedal-to-the-metal through the Mojave after dark. Folks (RIP) took delivery in Germany & we put 5000 miles on it in Europe. 2 channel crossings, 1 in the hovercraft, from Stonehenge to Omaha Beach to Paris to Amsterdam to the Black Forest to the Tuscany and the Swiss Alps where I'm from.  I just restored it after being garaged for 28 years. Tight as a drum. Got it insured for 25K
  • Cal Ryan
    Cal Ryan 8 месяцев назад When the beetle was conceived in the thirties most cars had running boards. Mud flaps would keep the sides and rear of the car cleaner. Mud flaps were an accessory. Anyone who saw a beetle in the fifties sixties and seventies with a roof rack raise your hand! Only out of necessity. A beetle was maxed out to go over 70mph. A roof rack and luggage would drag top speed down a bit. 40hp.
  • Patrick
    Patrick 8 месяцев назад Driving without the running boards on the Beetle for a while will ruin the paint on the rear fenders. I know.
  • bhaggen
    bhaggen 9 месяцев назад @Radical AM.....I don't get what the PT Cruiser has to do with my comment, but I have a PT in the shop as we speak and as a matter of fact, it DOES have stylized pseudo running boards at the bottom of the doors along with it's stylized fenders. But since neither detach separately from the body, they are not truly external. There was no Dodge Prowler, but the Chrysler/Plymouth Prowler also had stylized running boards more pronounced than the PT. Anything else?
  • Miami SWL Radio
    Miami SWL Radio 9 месяцев назад @bhaggen Do the PT Cruiser and Dodge Prowler have running boards? Damn now I need to find out
  • Todd Norman
    Todd Norman 9 месяцев назад Notice... No running boards. Do your research.
  • Todd Norman
    Todd Norman 9 месяцев назад Dear bhaggen, if you are going to be rude atleast have something to back up your claims. Yes Porsche did show hitler a finished model. Here is a picture of the original prototype. http://www.thegoldenbug.com/en/classic_vw_models/d53/vw_beetle_prototype
  • bhaggen
    bhaggen 9 месяцев назад Todd's claim that the original prototype DIDN'T have running boards is bogus. In fact, let the record show that Dr Porsche first presented Hitler with a scale model which DID have running boards as seen in the following: https://warfarehistorynetwork.com/daily/wwii/the-volkswagen-beetle/
  • Ayrton Hamilton
    Ayrton Hamilton 9 месяцев назад You have a point there!
  • bhaggen
    bhaggen 9 месяцев назад @Todd Norman.....Name a car with "external" fenders that DOESN'T have running boards.
  • Ayrton Hamilton
    Ayrton Hamilton 9 месяцев назад They are also handy to stand on when you have a roof rack and need to strap your shit to the rack :)
  • TrueNomadSkies
    TrueNomadSkies 9 месяцев назад That makes sense. I always assumed it was for shorter people to have access to a roof rack, given that's where you might have your big suitcase. Either that or an aesthetic that most cars had in that time period.
  • Patrica Smyth
    Patrica Smyth 10 месяцев назад I owned a Beetle for 17 years. Not a Super Beetle. There was a valve so that once the air pressure in the spare hit a certain point, it would no longer power the washer. In 17 years, it never leaked and never left me with a flat spare. The car was great. It still ran perfectly, but the body rusted out. Vandals rolled it and left it with a leak that wasn't repaired properly. I loved that car. Drove it cross country 3 times.
  • Harry Roberts
    Harry Roberts 1 месяц назад It did belong to Ted Bundy before you tho'
  • WBJ Adventures
    WBJ Adventures 2 месяца назад 👏👏👏👏
  • Richard Miller
    Richard Miller 6 месяцев назад (изменено) Thanks for your post.. I know how you feel about beetle bug. As well as I has same feeling. I had four different bugs. First one was 1965 ( I bought for $1,000) as I was 18 years old. Real good one till I sold (should have not. Drat) 71 twice and 73 in a span. Later on my vacation, I saw old man driving old bug must be maybe before 1970. He got my thought. I should have buy engine with same 1965 bug. I like regular beetle bugs As I always know they are still COOL. Thanks again
  • Gary Russ
    Gary Russ 6 месяцев назад And under certain circumstances the water from the washer reservoir would creep into the spare tire, your sign that this has happened is that tire when put in use would bounce off the ground.
  • Michael Grant
    Michael Grant 8 месяцев назад ooo9
  • YAUUN
    YAUUN 9 месяцев назад (изменено) Also, my sisters Super Beetle had a standard electrical washer system, not pneumatic. American Beetles seem to have had quirks which were flattened out in European models. Although the previous owner might have fitted that, but they did an uncharacteristically professional job if it was them.
  • Stevie Dee
    Stevie Dee 9 месяцев назад absolutely spot on...seem to recall inflating the spare to 42psi....the valce cut off the washer system at about 30psi
  • Josh N
    Josh N 10 месяцев назад i actually clicked on this thinking it was a doug video
  • JHONSON HAYDEN
    JHONSON HAYDEN 3 недели назад Me there
  • Josef Stalin
    Josef Stalin 1 месяц назад Me too
  • Wayland Jennings
    Wayland Jennings 2 месяца назад Thank God it isn't.
  • Timothy Harrison
    Timothy Harrison 4 месяца назад Josh N same here!!
  • christdragon
    christdragon 5 месяцев назад Same.
  • Fred LeBrun
    Fred LeBrun 6 месяцев назад I'm glad it wasn't.
  • CEGaming
    CEGaming 6 месяцев назад Same, Pity
  • conyo985
    conyo985 6 месяцев назад Only thing missing is the double shirt.
  • David Graves
    David Graves 7 месяцев назад Me to
  • Boy Bergs
    Boy Bergs 8 месяцев назад Same
  • Disc Jockey
    Disc Jockey 9 месяцев назад Me too. I wouldn't have clicked on it if I knew it wasn't
  • Bebe Reyes
    Bebe Reyes 9 месяцев назад Got me too. Great parody in any case, and the big guy even managed to sound a bit like Doug. This did not disappoint at all.
  • Justin
    Justin 9 месяцев назад I thought it was a crossover. lol
  • Pywaket Pilot
    Pywaket Pilot 9 месяцев назад Yeah, it's a shameless ripoff, with a clickbait title. They're trying to capitalize by pretending to be someone who has more than 20x as many subscribers, (over 2 million) and whose videos regularly have over a million views compared to their 10-20k views. Scummy behavior, if you ask me - they should be ashamed.
  • Elie Abou Issa
    Elie Abou Issa 9 месяцев назад Same here
  • AltaSonata
    AltaSonata 10 месяцев назад They got me too
  • oui222
    oui222 10 месяцев назад The octane rating is written as 91 ROZ/RON, which is the European value. This is equivalent to 87 octane in North America, regular gasoline. Nothing unusual here.
  • Sonny Haskins
    Sonny Haskins 4 недели назад I thought so......you need to understand the translation; which neither of these two knew....no biggie.
  • Pekka Kilpeläinen
    Pekka Kilpeläinen 2 месяца назад I think they know. They're kinda making fun of Doug, who got fooled by RON/AKI ratings in one of his videos. :)
  • WBJ Adventures
    WBJ Adventures 2 месяца назад 👏👏👏
  • Edvin Neluis
    Edvin Neluis 7 месяцев назад oui222 yep cheap cars should use cheap gas
  • Klaus Pohl
    Klaus Pohl 9 месяцев назад I was 19 in 1963 when I bought my first Beetle and drove from Hamburg to Marrakesh (over 2000 Miles) on country roads in seven days! The car was fitted with radial tires (a novelty at that time), KONI shock absorbers and negative camber in the back, plus TT exhaust tips to get rid of that awful chirping sound. What a car! I survived three major car accidents with my Beetle....She never let me down! RIP.
  • Vintage Cars And Memories
    Vintage Cars And Memories 3 месяца назад Thats honestly awesome!!! My first car was a Beetle when I was 15, and have owned 9 of them since then!
  • William Taylor
    William Taylor 8 месяцев назад I was 11 then when Dad bought a brand new 63 bug. If memory serves it cost right about 1200 out the door.
  • Joanna Uveges
    Joanna Uveges 8 месяцев назад donnie browncars next time we are i
  • Michael West
    Michael West 8 месяцев назад That’s amazing
  • tootsiejoon
    tootsiejoon 8 месяцев назад You were very lucky to own one 😊
  • Mickey Bitsko
    Mickey Bitsko 8 месяцев назад I love that old school Beetle exhaust note. My head snaps around whenever I hear it these day. (Which is very rare.) I've always thought it sounds like someone is dragging a dog chain behind their car.
  • donnie brown
    donnie brown 8 месяцев назад I had a 62 rag top sunroof beetle that was totaled 3 times. Each time I bought it back from insurance company for 50.00. eventually it became a Baja buggy.
  • Joey Chitwood
    Joey Chitwood 10 месяцев назад I have fond memories of the Beetle as a child. Our Beetle was blue. My family, all five of us, would go grocery shopping and we all would fit with a ton of bags of groceries in our laps etc. We got it all home! Best car in the snow too!
  • Ken Peterman Sr
    Ken Peterman Sr 1 месяц назад I agree that that rear engine car was a real snow mobile. I had a rear engine Simca that was great in snow also.
  • WBJ Adventures
    WBJ Adventures 2 месяца назад 👏👏👏👏
  • Carcaine
    Carcaine 10 месяцев назад (изменено) Guys, that 91 Octane suggestion is from a time with different RON rating methods. 91 used to be the cheap gas, with 94, 98, and sometimes ~102 octanes as options; however with the rating rules changes 91 became 87, etc. You should be able to run 87 octane if you want to save some $$$. Edit: we used to have RON ratings for octane levels, now we use CLC octane numbers which are [RON + MON]/2 RON = research octane number MON = motor octane number CLC = Cost of Living Council octane number; usually ~ 4 points lower than RON rating.
  • 2bonk22
    2bonk22 4 месяца назад @mikes random videos Octane slows burning thereby reducing premature detonation(Knocking)
  • 2bonk22
    2bonk22 4 месяца назад (изменено) @Quill Maurer I had a 72 regular Beetle back in the mid-80s, it ran fine on regular gas. Remember these were designed as the people's car, cheap and easy to run and maintain. the very name Volks Wagon translates to "folk's or people's wagon". BTW I live at about 5-600 ft above sea level.
  • halnwheels
    halnwheels 4 месяца назад (изменено) As a true economy car, the beetle was designed to run on cheap gas. They did this by keeping the compression ratios low, but as timing was completely user adjustable you could definitely abuse the engine by having timing to far advanced. VW had radically different timing settings depending on the year of manufacture, so some mechanics wouldn't refer to the book and use what they thought worked for all. The business with the exposed hinges is all for easy replacement. The car adhered to a philosophy of the owner being able to do most of the maintenance on the car. My owners manual from my '63 beetle showed you how to adjust the brakes, valves, king pins, and more. That's the owners manual, not the service manual. Those days are gone. If a light goes on, bring it to the dealer!
  • Direktrix
    Direktrix 5 месяцев назад RON 91 is equivalent to AKI 87 ish
  • William Jones-Halibut
    William Jones-Halibut 5 месяцев назад Quill Maurer I’m not sure about that. The compression ratio stays the same and it is compression ratio that determines the temperature rise. Having said that the air temp is lower at high altitude and a low intake temperature means lowers temperature at top dead center.
  • gojoe283
    gojoe283 5 месяцев назад @thespeez you're correct. Thanks for the update. It slipped my mind, even though I own a 110-hp 1966 Monza
  • thespeez
    thespeez 5 месяцев назад @gojoe283 - The 95-HP 164 had an 8.25:1 compression ration where the 110- and 140-HP each had 9.25:1. The 180-HP Turbo had a 8.25:1 compression.
  • gojoe283
    gojoe283 5 месяцев назад Interesting...the Chevy Corvair, rear engine, air cooled, had an 8.5:1 compression ratio and back in 1966 needed regular gas (standard engine, 95-hp 2 carb). The high performance (110-hp 2-carb) and super high performance (140-hp-4 carb) engines required premium fuel (both 9.5:1 CR). My 110-hp Monza runs best on premium unleaded with NOS brand Octane Booster...
  • Tim Shelby
    Tim Shelby 5 месяцев назад Good to know thanks .
  • thespeez
    thespeez 6 месяцев назад @TNitro N Before PON [I.e. (RON+MON)/2] was introduced the RON for low-lead or no-lead gas was 91. You could use such gas on GM cars from 1971 on and for Ford and MoPar from 1972 on; that is unless you had the valves done.
  • AZDuffman
    AZDuffman 6 месяцев назад @travatron4000 Doug is the kind of guy who thinks car manufacturing started in 1990.
  • mikes random videos
    mikes random videos 7 месяцев назад NO that was leaded gas. 87 would ruin your vw. They need PREMIUM in todays gas. sorry that is not correct. I have been driving them since the 80s and gas today is not fast burning enough. without the lead premium is a must...
  • Sorin Nicu
    Sorin Nicu 7 месяцев назад Europe is still Octane (COR).
  • Bastian from KWHBSN
    Bastian from KWHBSN 7 месяцев назад Europe still uses the RON system, so 91 is regular, 95 is premium, 98 premium performance etc.
  • emil sponga
    emil sponga 7 месяцев назад 75 cept for some trucks for a few years
  • Lassi Kinnunen
    Lassi Kinnunen 8 месяцев назад in europe it stayed that way. 98 etc. thailands e85,e20 < ethanols and 91, 95. regulars. I never tank at shell here because I have no clue what their weird gas branding translates to
  • Theodore Zuckerman
    Theodore Zuckerman 8 месяцев назад (изменено) If the engine gets so hot it detonates when using regular grade gas, it is too hot to run without damaging it. Using high octane fuel may limit detonation, but the engine will still be too hot. Weakest point that goes first is the #3 exhaust valve. The guide wears very fast, and the valve stem not only wears, but it softens, and stretches like taffy, until it breaks into 2 pieces.
  • Quill Maurer
    Quill Maurer 8 месяцев назад Exactly, that's what I was saying - they run cool enough at high altitude because their compression is essentially lowered. (Though there is also less cooling air...). At lower altitude, effectively higher compression, they might need higher octane, but I'm doubtful of it. It doesn't have variable ignition advance based on fuel octane while driving, but when tuning the engine it could be tuned for different octanes, and will run worse or even knock on others. If this engine has been really well dialed in for Premium, I could imagine it running a tiny bit worse on regular, though I'm doubtful it would even be noticeable, especially in an old Bug. It is not a "precision instrument" by any means. Overall, I'm doubtful it will make any measurable difference in any way in a stock Beetle, other than costing more.
  • Filipe Saramago
    Filipe Saramago 8 месяцев назад @Quill Maurer with more compression you would run hotter, not cooler. Also the Beetle surely is not tuned for premium gas and has no variable ignition advance timing so no benefit from higher grade fuel
  • Russ G
    Russ G 8 месяцев назад Absolutely. It's gonna run on regular gas, and a '71 model would have hardened exhaust seats to run on unleaded.
  • Perrid Peter
    Perrid Peter 8 месяцев назад Retro Tech & Electronics I know you guys get in again just wait n see
  • Perrid Peter
    Perrid Peter 8 месяцев назад Quill Maurer so we're do you live fkr
  • Perrid Peter
    Perrid Peter 8 месяцев назад TNitro N aunts crazy pips?
  • onrr1726
    onrr1726 9 месяцев назад the same octane gas 91, 98, and 102 as well as 87, and 110 levels are available in Ukraine.
  • Jori Diculous
    Jori Diculous 9 месяцев назад I (almost) newer drove my beetle on anything lower then 98. (Might have filled 95 to save a few bucks.) We didn't have anything lower then 95 in the 80's when i had my beetle, and still dont in 2018, and non of that silly 'regular, premium' bs. :P
  • R. üdiger
    R. üdiger 9 месяцев назад Maybe and that is a big maybe #sarcasm It is a German car and the cheapest available fuel in Germany was "Normalbenzin 91 ROZ" in 1971. Since 2010 there is no ROZ 91 fuel available in Germany anymore. The low fuel quality in the US is also one reason why VW mentioned less horsepower / kilowatts for a Golf R 2018 (just an example) for the US marked instead of German one. In Germany VW recommend 98 ROZ for this car with a power output of 310PS / 228KW. In the US it is only 292HP instead of 305HP and 280LB-FT instead of 295LB-FT of torque. Less input equals less output ;-) Think about it and check the difference between the German and US websites :-) (Who will ever feel the difference on the road without breaking the laws outside of Germany?)
  • CaptHollister
    CaptHollister 9 месяцев назад One gripe, what you refer to as CLC is usually called AKI (Anti Knock Index) and is the number displayed on North American pumps. The rest is spot-on. I had to explain this to a friend who owns a Royal Enfield motorcycle from India. His owner's manual specifies 91 octane. It's a 500cc bike that only puts out 27hp and definitely does not require premium.
  • CaptHollister
    CaptHollister 9 месяцев назад mech5 fab How could octane rating affect fuel consumption in a car with no knock sensor or any other electronics to adjust mixture and ignition timing ? I suspect the only difference was in the driver's right foot...
  • Russ Lehman
    Russ Lehman 9 месяцев назад I owned a few Beetles. I never ran anything but leaded regular in them.
  • Trevor Steele
    Trevor Steele 9 месяцев назад Today's 87 octane is adequate because the factory compression ratio is so low, 7.5:1. My Baja Bug has a 2180cc with a CR of 9.4:1 so I use high quality 91 octane.
  • mech5 fab
    mech5 fab 9 месяцев назад Quill Maurer every Volkswagen Beetle that I have owned ran better on high octane with greater mileage. Whenever I used lower octane fuel I would get reduced mileage and have to adjust my idle. All but one had relatively stock Motors.
  • mech5 fab
    mech5 fab 9 месяцев назад TNitro N the good old days.
  • TheDonCucaracho
    TheDonCucaracho 9 месяцев назад Being an aircooled engine, you still want higher octane to avoid sudden detonation when the engine gets too hot, if you live in a hot climate My 1300 cc '64 is happier with 91 than with 89, but then we have crap gas in Mexico
  • Retro Tech & Electronics
    Retro Tech & Electronics 9 месяцев назад They didnt get it.....
  • Quill Maurer
    Quill Maurer 9 месяцев назад Agreed, I've run my '73 Super (quite similar to this one) and I initially used premium in it because I was told it's better. Was told I'd get better gas mileage, and it would run cooler. Got really tired of gas being at least 50 cents per gallon more. Kept track of fuel economy with different types over many fill-ups, and watched the (aftermarket) cylinder head temperature gauge, and determined with scientific confidence that it doesn't make the least bit of difference. Granted I'm at high altitude (5000'), which effectively lowers my compression somewhat, maybe it would matter more at sea level. But these guys are at the same altitude, in fact they live about 20 minutes from me, so same applies to them.
  • TNitro N
    TNitro N 10 месяцев назад (изменено) In 1973 I worked at a shell station Regular 91. Octane Mid grade 94 octane Super Shell 97 octane No lead was 89 octane I think. Only cars from 74 was to use no lead.
  • Don Cancio
    Don Cancio 10 месяцев назад I don’t think they understand it too.
  • travatron4000
    travatron4000 10 месяцев назад (изменено) Hopefully "not understanding Octane ratings" was a joke at Doug's expense because that is the sort of thing he always gets wrong in his videos.
  • Tyler Bell
    Tyler Bell 9 месяцев назад "horse-hair" isn't actually hair from a horse... it's coconut fiber.
  • triumphmanful
    triumphmanful 5 месяцев назад dorks don't know a horse hair from a coconuts arse !
  • Dvbhe
    Dvbhe 6 месяцев назад Damn had to read a lot to find your comment man
  • Ferenc Horvath
    Ferenc Horvath 9 месяцев назад Never step on the running board !
  • TEDdotcom
    TEDdotcom 8 месяцев назад Even when I was a kid in the 70s, there was no reason to step on the running boards of a Beetle. We would assume it was there for aesthetic purposes to connect the front and rear fenders.
  • akronymus
    akronymus 8 месяцев назад proper name would have been 'rusting board' ...
  • Theodore Zuckerman
    Theodore Zuckerman 8 месяцев назад Don't run on it either.
  • Peter Dohm
    Peter Dohm 8 месяцев назад Rerenc Horvath, That's excellent advice!
  • michaelXXLF
    michaelXXLF 10 месяцев назад Your battery needs a plastic cap on the positive terminal! There is more than one couple whose Beetle went up in flames while engaging in, um, back-seat activities. Remember this horse-hair filling and those straps on the b-pillars?
  • Sonny Haskins
    Sonny Haskins 4 недели назад I COULDNT AGREE MORE.
  • Tubmaster 5000
    Tubmaster 5000 9 месяцев назад michaelXXLF My 1973 beetle had a sliding plastic cover that was part of the battery itself, which shielded the positive terminal.
  • Oldbmwr100rs
    Oldbmwr100rs 9 месяцев назад For a while growing up we always had a VW. Stepdad had a bug, mom bought a new '68 bay window bus. Not a huge VW fan, but have worked on and driven many. Oddly found the thing as one of my favorites for driving around.
  • michaelXXLF
    michaelXXLF 9 месяцев назад If you don't have any other place ... It should have been mentioned that under the horse-hair there are metal springs, those zig-zagging ones, which are of course depressed if you sit on them. They are lacquer coated, alright, but that lacquer wears off if you bounce them onto a metal battery terminal often enough. And as the seat is connected to the body of the car and the body is the negative terminal ... Go figure! Oh, and the back-seat of a Beetle is pretty spacious, as correctly mentioned in the video
  • Quill Maurer
    Quill Maurer 9 месяцев назад I was once talking with the guys at NuVintage (another shop in the Denver area), they were telling stories of people setting bugs on fire with various misadventures involving drugs, alcohol, and sex. Drugs and alcohol made sense, but how do you set a car on fire with sex? They mentioned the battery location, and then it all made sense. The real question is how creative one must be in order to do such a thing in such a tiny back seat.
  • N English
    N English 3 месяца назад (изменено) One of the best cars ever made, period, and there's nothing strange about it, you're just too young to get it.
  • Robert Ferreira
    Robert Ferreira 4 дня назад Agreed...my first car was a 1967 beetle...i will never forget it...i loved it...one of the best cars ever made...except for the floor pans that would rott over time but i would say that is the only negative i have to say about it...