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1983 Volkswagen Vanagon Overview
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Volkswagen made no significant changes to the Vanagon for 1983, so it was essentially the same vehicle that had appeared in showrooms the previous couple of years. The rear-wheel-drive vehicle, which could carry seven to nine passengers, 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 a 1.6-liter, water-cooled diesel engine that generated only 48 horsepower, resulting in good fuel efficiency, but an underpowered vehicle, according to some reviewers. As a result, the diesel engine was discontinued after 1983.
The Vanagon was 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, outfitted by Westfalia. It came with a pop top, a rear seat that folded out into a bed, a refrigerator, stove, sink, storage cabinets, and a pantry.
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Volkswagen Vanagon Questions
Just Bought '83 Air Cooled Vanagon L
Where is throttle, which way do you turn it, does engine have to warm or not? '83 air cooled Vanagon L. Just had tune up, & probably lots of stuff that didn't need to be done. Ran great (900+miles) ...
How Can I Tell If My 83 Vanagan Brake Booster Is Bad....i Just Replace Mc A...
brakes work ok ....idle is slower when brakes are depressed . I know where the booster is but not sure it will come out top of dash??? help please
Can Anyone Identify The Round Filler Cap?
I just put oil where I thought it went but then found the right place. Where did I put the oil and how bad did I mess my van up? The large round cap is below "3" and to the right of the "1" and "2" ...
Where Is The Fuel Pump In A 1983 Vw Vanagon?
Is it an external pump? Is it located under the van about midway between the engine and the front of the vehicle?.
What Would Cause A Loud Whining Noise Under The Bench/bed?
We were having engine starting issues. Replace fuel pump, fuel filters, pump relays, fuel tank sending unit, etc. Previous owner claimed to have replaced starter. We replaced battery.