1983 Volkswagen Vanagon Overview


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1983 Volkswagen Vanagon

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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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) ...

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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

108 views with 1 answer (last answer 10 months ago)

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" ...

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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?.

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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.

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