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1981 Volkswagen VanagonReview

We Love These Vans, — If you compare this too a NEW RV .. Dont..This has a wondefull, usefullnes need to be maintained , loved,and used for what The VW vans are built For.. Use All web info to Improve,,,, maintain,Whatever..They are GREAT Vans With A Need....Too Be Loved..They Are GREAT,Trusted,Unique all in They Owen.Well Worth the Bang for the Buck..Follow Web Info ,Ask Questions..

Primary Use: Sport/fun (spirited driving, track racing, off-roading, etc.)

Pros: Style, Gas mileage.Many Up grades.NEW ENGINS

Cons: Has squekes,But it halls around EVERTHING around Plus The Kitichen Sink..

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1981 Volkswagen VanagonReview
vanagone writes:

1981 Volkswagen Vanagan — The problems with this vehicle is the fact that the air-cooled engine doesn't have self-adjusting valves, requiring regular services or the van won't run. I think it had a 5,000km range on the valve-adjustment. If you cannot adjust it yourself, you will be sitting on the side of the road. Also, I was sold this Vanagan by a professional car salesman (theif) who fooled me into believing it was in good condition. The engine will run on 2 of 4 cylinders for awhile before laying to rest. The engine is the biggest flaw, the other mechanical components were excellent, as is, the design for 1981. Conclusion: Buy it for short trips around town, Sell it if you want a reliable vehicle.

Pros: Comfortable interior design, fun to drive (when engine is working)

Cons: Poor engine, requires too much attention...

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