In my opinion, as a hobby, could be a great deal if she is really into it. Otherwise, could be a nightmare in the wrong hands. VWs require a lot of knowledge, a few reasonable but special tools, access to good quality parts and time-lots of time...there are some great books available, the Idiot's Guide is a must, buy it before you buy a car. Also see the Samba site for a horde of enthusiasts, or VW people. When people "love" their VW, they tend to have glowing comments about how great they are. These are VW people...VW people understand and accept and admire the car for what it is and overlook what it isn't. Non VW people on the other hand, drive em like a "normal" car, don't take care of them as they should, don't do the routine maintenence and tend to have nothing positive to say about the brand or the experience...this is just my opinion loosly based on a few decades in the VW industry...take it for what its worth.