As my beloved '98 water pumper is approaching 14 (in January) he has finally showed some minor age-related issues. So, how do I show him I still care? By dropping almost $3000.00 in repairs over the past 6 months. In fairness, the parts have not been particularly expensive, it's the labor - $120 per hour! It started with the AC/Heat control dial breaking and geting stuck on at full blast ($700). Then the heater cable broke ($700). I had to have the AC serviced, finally after 12 years, which led to a brake fluid change and an accesories belt replacement ($900). Then, while driving around Lake Tahoe with a bunch of air-cooled VWs, the car started to misfire and act fuel-starved. The result was a shot plug wire on cylinder number 2 (new wires and plugs) and repairs to the fuel evap system (shot purge valve and hose) for a total of $1000. Not to mention the embarassment of being the only water pumper in the group and the only one having problems It will be a while before I live that one down. See how much I love my Bug?