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How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive: A Manual of Step-by-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot 19th Edition
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I agree with everybody who calls this the indispensable reference for VW owners. I also agree with those who point out its shortcomings. Muir quotes a friend of his, on a review of another VW book. as saying "I agree one hundred percent with ninety percent of what he says." That could also apply to my own feelings about this book.
As a technical manual, it mostly consists of solid information -- solid enough, anyway, to get you back on the road so you can find somebody to show you how to do it the right way. I've always advised a prospective repairer to own both this book and another manual (my favorite was the green Volkswagen Official Service Manual, also called the "Bentley"), read the Muir write-up first to get a general idea of what to do, and then compare it to the other manual, note the differences, and ask somebody why the differences are there. Usually it's because Muir assumes you're making do with a minimum of tools, or are too cash-strapped to make a proper fix.Read more ›
even think about touching anything else on your car till you read it cover
to cover. It, for lack of a better term, is THE aircooled bible. It is
written for the VW driver that knows NOTHING about anything mechanical or
THIS is the best (...)you
can spend on your car.
The book is very good for general procedures, but it's really worthwhile to also have the model specific repair manual for your VW. There are subtle differences between each year, and the factory manual is helpful in figuring out what to do when the book doesn't look like Muir's illustration.
One time to let a pro take care of things--In the 90s, my son's fuel injected Bug with a damaged injector was just too much for us, even with my son's copy of Muir and the factory manual. Fortunately we knew a competent Bug mechanic (VW dealers can't repair them anymore--no parts or tribal knowledge), and got him running again.
Peter Aschwanden's art work is awesome. It reminds me of R. Crumb. The detail is amazing. The book itself is a master-piece of entertainment and a great combination of art and technology. Reading it front to back will give the novice a good understanding of what makes the wheels go round and round. You might want to have a Haynes manual handy too, but you can't go wrong with Muir/Tosh Gregg for taking your bug apart and putting it back together again. It's just damn fun!
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Very straight forward. Like having a VW Beetle expert with you.Published 29 days ago by Amazon Customer