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Post Post subject: Considering buying a Baja Bug, but I have questions
Posted: Mon Feb 01, 2016 07:26 PM
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I have been saving up a decent bit of money for a project car of my own and I narrowed it down to either buying a Baja Bug or a NA Mazda Miata. I have questions about the bug. I don't live near any deserts because I am in Memphis, Tennessee, but there are tons of decent off-roading spots and muddy areas and I was wondering how capable the bug was in conditions like that. I was also wondering what else I could do with it since I won't be riding any dunes or traveling in the desert. I am very much leaning toward the bug over the Miata but I want to be sure before I buy one.

As a side note, does anyone know how much it may cost to fix a seized engine of a bug or would it be better of buying a crate engine.

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Post Post subject: Considering buying a Baja Bug, but I have questions
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I drove a pan buggy Maryland for 5 years back in the 1970 ish... I used stock tires to get them to spin in the clay.. the car would go anywhere.. loved out doing the 4x4. as for mud... it did better than you would think ... water crossing ... I didn't have a body so it would sink and I would drive right thru. with my Baja I would open the doors because the car would float.

I remember I could buy old snow tires cheep and ran them in the snow/mud

as far as the seized motor... take it apart and see what damage has been done... if you hurt the block you are done. everything else can be fixed.


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