So I have put around 450-500 miles on the Beetle since getting repairs finished/getting it running (yes…I’ve been drivign it lots :P ),and have a better idear of how I feel about it then I did lost post. I will say up front,I’m really diggin’ it,lots. On the one hand,it reminds me of years gone by when the Wife and I owned vintage air cooled Beetles/Super Beetles,and on the other,it feels as if a modern car with all the modern conveniences and niceties…a smooth blend of old world and new. For me at any rate–I do understand that this modern Beetle is basically a VW Golf with a round body attatched…but I digress,it does bring back fond memories (as well as hide the bad ones–like that winter we had 3 solid weeks of >15 degrees F and I drove that ’69 Beetle with no heat-exchangers because it was all that we had at the moment,LOL!).
So far,I’ve averaged around 25mpg’s with all city driving (and a bit of warm-up before driving on colder days),and as high as 33.87mpg’s when all highway,with an average of weekly driving being around 26-28mpgs. About what was expected.
The interior has proven comfy for me,if a bit cramped,the cruise control works flawlessly,it’s proven easy to park,the butt-warmers (heated leather seating ;) :P ) have kept my bum happy on cold days,and with 150HP on tap (with no noticeable turbo lag time) it’s fun to drive. Also,unlike our previous Beetles (all air cooled),the heat is awesome…just like any modern car/truck should have,LOL!
I have a timing belt kit (with water pump) on order,and may have found a trust-worthy mechanic to install it all,as well as have decided where I will have any/all exhaust work done (same place) should I need/do any. On that note…
On the recommendation of a Facebook friend,when I’d decided that I wanted a cat-back performance exhaust upgrade,I surfed Megan Racing for their unit,as alternative systems were priced considerably higher (nearly $700 plus labor-speaking of Magnaflow here),while at $390 shipped,they offer a nice mandrel-bent and mirror pollished pipes/partsas well as dyno-backed claims of around 12-15 honest horsepower and 3-5mpg gains. I ordered one for myself. Unfortunately,Megan Racing Inc contacted me via email to tell me that they would be refunding my payment,as they no longer have that item (2 things…would have been nice had they,oh IDK,updaed their website and removed the unit,and since they received instant payment from me,it doesn’t seem right that I have to wait 3-5 business days for them to issue my refund–no,I’m ot very happy about it,but “them’s the breaks” as they say…whata ya gunna do?). A shame,it’s a good looking system that came well recommended from friends. Pics (though it matters not since I will not have op to own a set myself….)
Since I’m not getting that unit (and since I have the time while I wait for them to half-heartedly refund my money),I’ve been surfing for another that isn’t priced outragiously*,and though it doesn’t carry as well of a known brand name,it DOES carry a similar waranty,as well as great customer reviews,I have found a replacement unit on eBay (new) of all places for a meager $179 shipped,AND unlike Magnaflow or Megan Racing’s units,this one comes with a downpipe**. Below is th eonly pic I could find of it. It looks like a very close copy of the Megan Racing parts (which,as I said,would not have came with a downpipe). Assuming they still have one in stock (I’ll ask first :P ),I will most likely order that unit when I have my refund in hand (or in Paypal,as it were). This leaves a bit of budget for other things I was thinking about ordering…
I have not decided which unit/brand to go with,but I also want to install a cold air intake–$179 shipped leaves plenty of budget for that (especially if,like when my Dad wanted one on a previously owned car…we make one ourselves). I also found a “power module” from a reputable company that pushes that budget only a few dollars,which I am seriously considering buying as well.
It’s basically a “power chip”,but specifically designed to be user adjusted/tuned,and specifically designed to increase output (both horsepower and fuel mileage) with my 20V turbo engine***. No worries,this unit is from a reputable company with years of experience,the module will not allow any changes that fall outside of the factory computer allowances,and is safe enough to the car that using it would not void a new car waranty. It will remap everything to optimise the turbo’s output,as well as all sensors and fuel system settings to match the user-friendly 10 settings it has offered (with a “10” being the most modified). All said and done (and disreguarding any lofty claims of “you’ll see 60 more horsepower and 10mpgs!”),after speaking with a dyno technician that I know (who works on all makes/models,including this one,but is a Honda-guy) with all of those parts,I could reach 30-32mpg’s in the city (when driven modestly,mind you),and upper mid 30’s on the highway,as well as see an honest to goodness 40-50 horsepower increase with each part tuned correctly–all on premium pump gas. Nice…a 50 horsepower gain (again,this is estimated,and with nearly double the turbo boost) is good for .5-.75 seconds off a car’s et at the drag strip :)
No,I’m not looking to project this out to build a “fast-Bug” or anything (maybe a bit of a “sleeper”,a car that’s quicker than anyone would expect by looking at it ;) ),LOL,but I do like to tinker. The mpg increases are actually what I’m after (well,and a better sound ;) ),any extra horsepower is just good gravy on the biscuit,as my Great Grandma used to say when I was young.
I wish that I had parts in hand (or installed already),so this is basically a “what I’m thinking about doing,but haven’t begun yet” thing I suppose,we’ll see when the time comes,LOL! Be for certain that I DO wish to make some mods to the car (in effort to increase the “fun to drive” ratio),including a slight drop in ride height to close the fender-well gap….down the road,of course,after fixing any issues in need.
So anyways,these are my random thoughts.
*$700 for a cat-back system (Magnaflow)…really?!? Deduct the $135 muffler and what you get for your hard fought $’s is basically general-steel pipes at around $200 per foot. Greed much?
**What makes more power and mileage improvements than any other exhaust parts ona turbo motor,I’ve discovered with researching,is the downpipe–that piece that bolts to the bottom end of the header/exhaust manifold through to the pipe before the catylitic converter.
***For example,my turbo is factory set to deliver only 8.7psi of boost–where-as the same engine in the Turbo S models are producing 180HP,at 12-16psi–safely. This module will allow me to crank it up to that amount as well,for a considerable gain in boost/horsepower and mileage.