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Re: [T3] '71 automatic Squareback

The seatbelts to me sound like they're 3-point but the retraction
spring/mechanism is weak or dead or gummed. There definetely should be
3-point belts (I'm under the impression that all headrest era cars are
3 point belt cars) My '73 has a slightly weak retractor, and it has
95k DOCUMENTED miles. My cancelers work fine. My speedo was replaced
at 42k miles (again, DOCUMENTED). My Fasty was owned by an anal
retentive old man who kept all his dealer invoices on file, and kept
taking his Fasty to his dealership until 1999. Without documentation,
I would be suspicious of any T3 claimed under 100k miles. And I still
paid too much for my Fasty!

The speedo thing is most likely the cable. They're cheap enough that I
would replace it unless there's something else obviously wrong.

Everything else, it's like they say here.

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On Mon, 24 Jan 2005 13:00:50 -0800 (PST), Air_Cooled_Nut
<air_cooled_nut@pobox.com> wrote:
> I'm going to make a bold statement here but with the issues that you currently
> have with the car it certainly doesn't sound like the 32,000 miles on the
> odometer are the "original" miles...I would add at LEAST another 100,000 to
> that figure!
> My car was a DAILY DRIVER for over 25 years and still gets driven, though not
> as much, today and has over 250K miles on it.  The original turn signal
> canceler just crapped out this year.
> A car with "only" 32K miles should have no steering problems.  Hell, the car
> was hardly driven!  Rust on the body and under the battery?  Highly doubtful
> on a car so young mileage-wise.  Non-retracting seatbelts?  Very odd as the
> late models came with retracting seatbelts.  Now, after YEARS of use they can
> get dirty and that will slow down the retraction ability but shouldn't stop it
> completely.  Again, based upon my experience with my car and others I've seen.
> Do you have pictures of the car?  Maybe I'm thinking the rust is worse than
> explained.  I know they salt the roads back east and that can contribute to
> major rust issues...maybe they drove the car in the salted snow then parked it
> for the 10 years (ewww!).
> > We have recently become the owners of a  71 squareback with 32,000
> > original miles...
>      Toby Erkson
>      air_cooled_nut@pobox.com
>      '72 VW Squareback, '95 VW Jetta GL, '81 Gold Wing GL-1100, '73 Porsche 914
>      http://www.icbm.org/
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