First published in 1969, this classic manual of automotive repair equips VW owners with the practical skills to keep their Volkswagen running smoothly. Inside you’ll find:Expert knowledge on any air-cooled Volkswagen built through 1978, including Bugs, Karmann Ghias, vans, and campersEasy-to-understand, fun-to-read information for novice and veteran mechanics alike, with anecdotal descriptions and clear language to help take the mystery out of diagnostic, maintenance, and repair proceduresTrusted advice from the late John Muir, whose in-depth knowledge and sense of humor have guided Volkswagen enthusiasts for nearly 50 yearsHand-lettered with intricate hand-drawn illustrations throughout Updated information on problem-solving, with new photos and an updated resource listPacked with trusted insight, troubleshooting tips, and clear directions, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive is the ultimate VW manual.
August 29, 2001
File Size: 10 MB
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Language: English, Francais, Italiano, Espanol, Deutsch, chinese
John Muir (1918-1977) was a writer, mechanic, and expert on the maintenance and repair of Volkswagens. Originally a structural engineer working for the National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics, in the 1960s he quit his job to become a writer and car mechanic in Taos, New Mexico.In 1969, Muir collaborated with the artist Peter Aschwanden to create the definitive manual for Volkswagen owners, How to Keep Your Volkswagen Alive; A Manual of Step-By-Step Procedures for the Compleat Idiot. The first edition sold more than two million copies.In November 1977, Muir passed away from a brain tumor. His self-published first edition is considered one of the most successful self-published books in history, and his manual remains the definitive guide for VW owners. <div id="
Dear Amazon– the editorial review you supplied here about the author is totally erroneous and laughable!! Please correct it. This book is NOT authored by John Muir the nature-writer and conservationist, born 1838 and who died in 1914, BEFORE the volkswagen was even invented. This book is by John Muir (b1918– d1977) who was a structural engineer who worked for National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), who “dropped out,” 1960s-style, to become a writer and long-haired car mechanic with a garage in Taos, New Mexico, and who specialized in maintenance and repair of Volkswagens. OMG!! This is exactly the sort of thing that makes the World Wide Web so damn dangerous Amazon. Fix it please!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!
I got this book when I was 14 for my 1974 VW Beetle. This book taught me how engines work, how to diagnose vehicles, and prepared me for becoming my own mechanic. Unlike other manuals when you need an image for the work you are doing you will find a hand-drawn version showing you exactly what to look for (check out the Distributor page for an example). We don’t have the bug, but I got this for my partner and his first car. Though it’s a newer VW, it’ll still teach him to work on it because the principals are the same.
If you own an air cooled VW, this is a must-have! The book is humorous, insightful and extremely educational. My VW mechanic, who has been fixing VWs for over 50 years, recommended this and loaned me his copy. I had to buy it, it was so good! It is the most comprehensive guide for classic VWs and is simple to read and understand for even the most novice mechanic. It demystifies the process and gives you confidence to maintain and repair your VW Bug/Bus/Ghia/Fastback/Squareback/Notchback/etc.
Still the BEST!I read this book for the first time when I was in college — in the early 80’s. That reading was for my 71 Karmann-Ghia. The second time, was while I was on an airplane in 2009 as I flew to pick-up my Porsche Speedster replica. Over twenty years later and everything flowed back into my brain about the elegance of the flat-four engine. And just like in the 80s, the dog-eared copy of the latest printing of this book sits on a shelf in my garage, next to the Speedster — the pages of the chapter titled “Tune-up” dirty with used Castrol from my hands. Thirty years later, and life repeats itself, and that is a beautiful thing.
I am not mechanically inclined, but I love my VW. This book has helped me keep my beloved Super Beetle on the road. Thorough (enough), yet easy-to-read, this is an accessible guide to VW maintenance. It will walk you step-by-step through most of what you need to keep yours running. Written with wit and humor, it is also a very enjoyable read.You may need some other manuals for more in-depth coverage of some topics, but this book is an excellent starting point.
Now on our third generation of readers. I genuinely believe this book, a beater bug, and weekends in the garage with car talk on the radio in background were as valuable as a fair chunk of the money spent on the kids college education. The lessons go beyond the bug and the book. Great stuff.
If you have an aircooled beetle, ghia, bus etc. this is THE Book for you. Illustrations are great, instructions are idiot proof (which is sayin something). If you aren’t mechanically inclined but are willing to learn to work on cars like an aircooled VW you need to read this book like a novel. The guidance is great, tools and techniques used are generally excellent.
This book is a classic & that’s the reason it’s still in print 50 yrs later & probably 30 years after most of the bugs have gone to the junk yard. Many of us learned our basic auto mechanics from John Muir and his advice and humor are as relevant as ever. If you happen to have a bug you should have this book, but that is probably redundant advice.
What an incredible book! It was written over 50 years ago when the type of VW you have was relatively new.The author is very knowledgeable and the book is well written in a hippy kind of laid back style. There are some amazing drawings in there too.Not many books are still in print 52 years later…
From the very first I knew I was going to like it. John Muir starts off by asking you to read this as a story and initially not to dwell too long on the techy bits. That’s been my approach. I’ve read the chapter about how the engine works and I know I’m going to have to read that again many more times before it all goes in. BUT it isn’t that hard to read. It’s written as if a friend is standing there telling you about the vehicle and essentially John’s ghost is doing just that. A lot easier slog than than the Haynes manual.
a must to keep your bug on the road, i have a lot of books, manuals and I go to this first.Its written by someone who knows what they were doing
book is great, loads of info and diagrams fella has a couple of classic VW’s and was the perfect gift.
Bought this book as cross reference to a Haynes Manual for an engine rebuild.Good info.
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