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Average User Score
4.6 ⁄ 5 stars
Based on 7 reviews
1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Overview
Overall User Score
Based on 7 reviews
The 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon was powered with a 1.9-liter, water-cooled four-cylinder engine that generated 83 horsepower, thanks to a fuel-injection system called the Digi-Jet. The rear-wheel-drive vehicle was also equipped with rack and pinion steering, power-assisted front disc brakes, and front and rear independent suspension.
Standard features for the Vanagon included reclining front bucket seats, a rear window defogger, three-speed windshield wipers, an electric windshield washer system, vinyl upholstery, and a four-speaker sound system.
A Vanagon VL version added velour upholstery, folding arm rests for each seat, tinted glass, a rear window wiper/washer, and a premium sound system. A Vanagon Camper was also available. It was equipped with a pop-up roof, a stove, kitchen cabinet and sink, a swivel table, and refrigerator. Air conditioning was available as an option.
Generally drivers seemed particularly attached to their Vanagons, even though the vehicles could be problematic at times, requiring expensive repairs, drivers noted.
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Volkswagen Vanagon Questions
My Vanagon Starts When It Is Cold, However Occasionally When I Am Driving T...
I pull over and try to start it. There is lots of battery and it turns over but will not ignite. I try again every15 minutes up to about an hour or so. It usually starts again and I drive off....
What's The Best Method Of Accessing The Radiator In A 1985 Vw Vanagon?
I have no repair manual as I just recently purchased a 1985 VW Vanagon GL. Apparently there is a leak in the area of the radiator and I'm not sure if it's the radiator or one of the hoses. What is t...
How Do I Remove The Thermostat From A 85 Vanagon
I just recently replaced a old radiator (small hairline crack near hose connections) only to find that the expansion tank in the engine compartment is leaking. I've already ordered a replacement whi...
1985 Vanagon1.9liter Sluggish Gas Mileage Is Terrible
Won't accelerate no power gas mileage cut in half did tune up. Plugs distributor cap air filter fuel filter blows black smoke
1985 Vanagan Won't Start When The Ambient Temperature Is Above 80 Degrees. ...
I can drive a short distance in hot weather, engine is not very hot, stop and try to restart and get nothing. It's as if the battery is totally dead. I wait until evening when the temperature is coo...