VOLKSWAGEN BEETLE 130O
The boot lid and bonnet, doors, rear quarter panels and inner wings all need to be checked for corrosion. The front wings aren’t as much of a problem because they are bolt-on. Corrosion around the screen surrounds can also be difficult to repair if the rot is extensive.
Window rubbers that are past their best and dried out will allow water into the cabin, resulting in the floors soon becoming crispy. From underneath, you’ll also need to thoroughly check the suspension mounting points for the telescopic dampers and torsion bar springs.
Oil leaks are common and tend to come from the rocker cover gaskets and crankshaft oil seal. Look for crank pulley movement, which points to crankshaft end float and a likely imminent engine rebuild. The prescribed period for oil changes is every 3000 miles – evidence of this in the history file is worth its weight in gold.
Overheating will result if the cooling flaps have either seized or corroded – the same applies should the thermostat fail. Rot affecting the heat exchangers is particularly problematic because it can result in exhaust fumes entering the cabin.