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1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Overview
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The 1982 Volkswagen Vanagon was a rear-wheel-drive vehicle that could carry seven to nine passengers. It was powered by a 67-horsepower, 2.0-liter, air-cooled four-cylinder engine with fuel injection. A four-speed manual transmission was standard, while a three-speed automatic transmission was available as an option.
The Vanagon was also available with an efficient 2.0-liter, water-cooled diesel engine that generated 48 horsepower. The diesel Vanagon is distinguished by its dual front grilles.
The Vanagon was fairly well equipped with rack and pinion steering, power-assisted brakes, and front and rear independent suspension. Standard features also included front bucket seats, a rear window defogger, two-speed windshield wipers, vinyl upholstery, and a folding rear bench seat that provided additional cargo space. Air conditioning and a rear window wiper were among the options.
In addition to the standard model, a Vanagon Camper version was available. It came with a pop top, a rear seat that folded out into a bed, a refrigerator, a stove, a sink and a pantry.
Drivers noted that while the Vanagon handled well, it was underpowered and would not win any races. One benefit of that low power was good gas mileage, according to a number of drivers, who also appreciated the Vanagon for its versatility and comfort.
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Volkswagen Vanagon Questions
Engine Stops Wen On The Road?
I have a 1982 VW Vanagon which runs great most of the time. Lately when I'm driving down the road the engine just stops, no warning it just quits running. I've checked the spark and fuel while it idle...
1982 Vanagan : Keep Burning Out Half-shafts; Preceded By Thumping Noise, T...
Have installed 3 sets of half-shafts, less than 10K on each ; thumping noise on light load precedes shafts burning out ; manual trans, 30K on new engine. What's going wrong?
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