Welcome to the world of the Bug Marko. In answer to your question "yes" you will easily fit in a standard Bug, I'm 6'3" and the only modification i have to make to my Bugs is to modify the steering column support in order to get my left leg in, once I do that mod it's not too bad and I've been on some long journeys in it no problem, don't get me wrong it's still cozy but that's part of the appeal, it's not mean't to be like driving a Granada:-) Where are you based in the country ?
I know we have club members in the Kent area and I'm sure when they see this thread and obviously when lockdown is eventually over one of them will be only too happy to let you sit in their Bug First thing to do though if you haven't already Marko is join the Bug club, worth every penny.
Many Thanks for your answer. I am used to driving small cars. I build little pre war MG sports cars and they are fairly small.
I am based in Kent.
I am not quite as tall as you, but in my defence I am waiting for a hip replacement so I think that makes up for a couple of inches! But I had similar concerns. The main issue in fact is not your height (same height people can have widely different leg lengths so height is not a reliable indicator of bodily flexibility anyway) but your ability to get into the car.
If you think about getting into any car, you usually put your left leg to the left, then forwards, whilst leaning backwards so your head misses the front curving-down A post. As you move more to your left, you then have to lean your torso out to the right, so your left shoulder clears the roofline. Then you bend your right knee so as to lower your whole body, whilst at the same time moving more to your left, thus stretching your right leg even further out to the right... and so on. Intelligent design? I don't think so!!
Not surprising that many folks find getting in and out of any low car, never mind a Bug, difficult (or in my case, excruciatingly painful).
However, like most things in life, it can be a whole lot better if you KISS (keep it simple, stupid). Instead of trying to move 5 or 6 parts of your body in opposite direction all at the same time, take it in easy steps where you only move a couple of body parts at once, and in sympathetic directions. For example, if you stand with your back to the car seat, lean forwards whilst bending both knees, and then topple backwards, this movement is easy and pain-free. In fact it's what most people do when sitting down at the table.
In the Bug case, however, you sit backwards into the car, leaving both legs dangling outside. It's then a simple matter to swivel both legs together - again, several body parts moving together instead of away from each other - round under the steering wheel. Hey presto, you are now in the correct position to drive the car.
I see you've already been introduced to Karl, and it was Karl - although he won't know until he reads this - that showed me one of the best entry techniques (more tea, Vicar??).
It's a combination of sitting in backwards and the conventional car entry process. Instead of standing with your back to the car, you stand at 45 degrees to it, and lean your back into the B post - the back upright part of the door opening on the Bug. With your right leg still on the ground, push yourself up and back into the car bodywork. If the canopy is down, your left shoulder will now be pushing up into the corner against the canopy. You can then easily lift your left leg in and under the steering wheel. The next stage is to put all your weight onto your back, hold on to the steering wheel for support, then slide your back down the edge of the bodywork whilst lifting your right leg up, in and under the steering wheel so that as your right foot comes into position in the footwell your body slides down and in, off the edge of the bodywork, and drops into the seat.
It's clumsy to describe it like this, best thing is to watch Karl do it at a meet. He's an expert and makes it look as cool as Beau Duke on one knee sliding across the bonnet of General Lee in the Dukes Of Hazzard !
Anyway, that's you now in the driving position. The next step is to think to yourself "how the hell do I get out of here???"
I'll tell you that in the next instalment....
Oh come on... do I have to think of *everything* for you ??!!
Hi Steve, I'm 6ft 3in and fit into my Bug okay although I do have to modify the steering column support in order to gain access. I'm nowhere near 19st so not sure in that regard although the tricky bit I would imagine for you would not be getting in but getting out, only one way to find out isn't there ?
i'm thinking of buying a bug but at 6ft 4in and 19st it does'nt sound like there's much chance of me fitting ??
This concern pops up regularly, but I think it's based on incorrect assumptions. Your ability to fit in the Bug is, imho, not a factor of your total height but of your leg to body ratio and your overall flexibility.
Also remember that there is some scope in the Bug for easing access - for example, you can raise the steering wheel, or fit a smaller diameter one, and you can open the canopy to give more headroom when getting in or out. As others have said, don't be shy, try one out!
Or just take the plunge and buy one - worst case it is just too tight for you, but you'll have no trouble selling it again as the demand for these cars seems to keep on going up. You might even make a profit!
That's what I was saying about the steering column support, you need to modify it for more clearance and i also raise the top of the column and fit a 10" (short button) for extra room especially helpful getting in and out.
I have to experiment. Cannot spend another day in this amount of pain. I will come up with some thing with help from my friends. Age and arthritis did not help. I am now a club member. Joined this afternoon
If you have a question your better of starting a topic in the main forum.
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