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VW Beetle and Karmann Ghia (1954-79) Automotive Repair Manual (Haynes Automotive Repair Manuals) [Paperback]

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  • Paperback: 318 pages
  • Publisher: Haynes Manuals Inc; Revised edition edition (1 Sep 1988)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1850107297
  • ISBN-13: 978-1850107293
  • Product Dimensions: 27.9 x 21.6 x 1.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 128,733 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Product Description

Beetle 54 thru 79. Karmann Ghia 56 thru 75.

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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Beetle 8 April 2004
Highly Recommended - everything you'd expect from the haynes series of books.
This book is easy to understand although a complete novice may struggle to follow some of the techniques and terminology.
The manual covers every aspect of the Beetle and Karmann Ghia from troubleshooting to actually getting in there and trying to fix it (example of problem: vehicle pulls to one side when braking - a diagnosis and solution follows)
The book comprises of step-by-step procedures for basic maintenance which are well illustrated and includes tips i wish i had come across 10years ago!
note: although its based on a complete teardown and rebuild, dont expect to be able to pull apart a beetle and put it back together. Its more based upon an individual section at a time such as brakes and then another section on engine electrical systems.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Vw beetle book 16 Jun 2014
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Really nice been in uses and sits in the car
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Product 20 April 2014
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Good informative book, would have liked it to be more Karmann Ghia specific as that's the car I have, but it gives just enough references to get you by.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Beetle manual 13 Jan 2013
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I had Bought this for my other half, it has been very useful as he is restoring his 1956 Beetle
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64 of 64 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Vw Beetle & Karmann Ghia Automotive Repair Manual (Haynes Re 18 July 2000
By A Customer - Published on Amazon.com
This is a great book for the Do-it your self, back yard, VW mechanic. Information is easy to find and easy to use. This book has full wiring diagrams. They were color coded at one time, but the black and white version is still quite useful. I find this book has much more info than the Chilton repair guide. If I had to choose one manual for my VW, this would be the one.
23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars This 2006 Edition has been severely downgraded. 1 Feb 2010
By schunacher - Published on Amazon.com
The 1998 edition (purple cover with hand drawn Bug) was a much better manual. This 2006 edition (dark blue cover with photo of a blue Bug) has had all VW copyrighted material removed. This includes dozens of VW exploded views, wiring diagrams, and photographs. All that remains are some photos that were taken by "Larry's Foreign Car Repair" (see the acknowledgements behind the title page). The acknowledgement actually used to thank Volkswagen of America, Inc. until this edition. Presumably Haynes no longer wanted to pay the royalty or license fees to VW so they stripped the manual. One example of the destruction is Chapter 4, Fuel and Exhaust Systems, which used to be 20 pages and is now 12 pages. Another example: the wiring diagrams are now simplified line drawings instead of the much more detailed VW versions. You can still get useful information from this manual and you can still get the VW content by buying the awesome official VW service manuals, e.g. 1952-57: Workshop Manual: Volkswagen Types 11, 14, and 15 : 1952-1957. But if you want this manual then get the older version if you can, it is much better than the new one.
8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Haynes Repair & Workshop manual is one of the best 12 Jun 2006
By Mr. Lee T. Noonan - Published on Amazon.com
I own 12 different Repair/Workshop/service manuals that cover My 1968 1500 Beetle and the 1600 engine. This is the manual I read most, when I find a problem. Its well written, has many photographs, diagrams and exploded view diagrams which show You how things go back together after You have pulled them apart. I can't think of any subjects that are missing or not well recorded. I would recommend this manual to anyone owning a Volkswagen Beetle, in any country, LHD or Right Hand Drive.

This manual won't let You down... its great...
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars inaccurate and disorganized 1 April 2010
By Michael Coughlin - Published on Amazon.com
Trying to cram too much information to cover many model years can only result in mistakes. Just check out the tune-up maintenance sections. The paragraphs for manual timing and timing light adjustments are mixed together in a very confusing manner. There was no proof reading obviously.

What's worse, when adjusting the valves, you must turn the crank counter-clockwise 180 degrees to get each cylinder to TDC in 1,2,3,4 order. However, this manual states clockwise 180, so the result will be values that are incorrectly gapped.

The do-it-yourselfer should not use this manual as the final word, but rather check many sources on the internet for verification first.
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars South Africa 24 July 2006
By Nuno Miguel Da Graca - Published on Amazon.com
I recently purchased my first Beetle, a 1961 model year. I intend performing a ground-up restoration. I just received my copy of this book and have read it cover to cover. This is a very honest book and offers easy step by step guides in servicing the vehicle and carrying out all mechanical repairs. What it doesn't cover in sufficient detail is any sort of body / interior restoration, but then it doesn't claim to do so. A great book and I'm looking forward to getting my hands dirty.
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