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The Bird — Love everything overall...great for camping quick get a ways, handles much better with the 15' tires & rims, Monroe gas shocks, although makes for a little rougher ride. I bought it from a VW Mechanic who made it look really nice but found out the hard way that was it, lots of problems, ugh!!!!

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

Pros: Looks great and awesome for camping..

Cons: slow,poor fuel economy,maint. fees high,parts expensive.

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It's Not Just A Car ; It's A Volkswagen — Vanagons are a brick in the wind yet are suprisingly driveable. the 1.9L boxer 4 is capable of keeping up with traffic at 20 - 22 mpg. build quality is endorsed by quantity of survivors. 2nd & 3rd row seats remove to accomodate so much whatever ! type 2's ARE the original SuV's! pure German form/function rationale.

Primary Use: Family transportation

Pros: unparalled functionality

Cons: upkeep is a labor of love

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Oldie But Goody — parts are expensive, glad I do not need many, starts first try, will get u from a 2z, price was ok, love all the older vw ,car is from the north land, rust is a negative of the north, I really miss my old 1970 vw westy

Pros: plenty room,

Cons: cost and availability of parts

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Way To Cool To Sell — Stock photo, mine is light blue. Fun and cool in every way. Like a big box on wheels, no power at all, no air, no radio. Drivers wanted.

Pros: cool, smooth, spacious as one could ever hope a car could be, seats are all full size, even the middle, and it is awesome.

Cons: wieghs 4400 lbs and has  88 hp.  70 is break neck top speed.

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My 2nd Brand New Car — 85 HP water boxer 4 speed manual (my last manual car). ROOOOOM - 200 cubic feet. You cannot imagine the stuff I carried in and on this thing. Tan with the Weekender Package (back seat folded flat to make a full size bed). Bought new about $16k out the door. Put over 250,000 miles on this thing. I blew two engines and one trans in the process. But I had a lot of fun doing it. Cub Scouts, Little League, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Band, etc. In addition to many vacations driving all over the western US. It even took a boat ride to Vancouver Island.

Pros: ROOOM

Cons: Lack of power

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Rear Wheel Drive No Airbags — I took out the middle seats and cover the holes with a welcome rug. It became lots of fun to surf in off-roading late at night in Riverside, CA.

Pros: Rear wheel drive and when you get out and push there's lots of torque

Cons: No airbags, not much up front to protect you.

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There Are Times When I Wish I Still Had It - — My 2nd Brand New Car - 85 HP water boxer 4 speed manual. ROOOOOM - 200 cubic feet. You cannot imagine the stuff I carried in and on this thing. One time I had it loaded with over 100 wooden folding chairs - all on the INSIDE. Tan with the Weekender Package (back seat folded flat to make a full size bed). Bought new for about $16k out the door. Put over 250,000 miles on this thing. I blew two engines and one trans in the process. But I had a lot of fun doing it. Cub Scouts, Little League, Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts, Band, etc. In addition to many vacations driving all over the western US, it even took a boat ride to Vancouver Island and back. Top speed was about 80mph. I drove this car very hard and that's probably why it broke. The throttle was either not in use or it was usually all the way to floor - unless Judy or the kids were in it.

Primary Use: Commuting to work

Pros: ROOOOOM

Cons: Lack of power

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1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Camper Passenger Van Review
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Great family car that holds value and style.
vs2000 Chevrolet Astro
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Looks/Style Ranked 2000 Chevrolet Astro worse.
"History and looks exceeded expectations in person."
Back Seats Ranked 2000 Chevrolet Astro worse.
"The back seat has far more leg room and storage underneath. "
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1991 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

Looker-larger Interior Than Most-surprising Ride. By Fred

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1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

Buy One If You Can. By Chris

One BAD ASS van. Come on its 4wd, 4 Speed with a Super Low creeper gear 6:1 gear ratio or something like that, I cant really remember. This van will go almost any were you want it to. I have never h... Read More

A Vehicle For Every Walk Of Life By Michael

A solidly built van with 90s looks (ok for me), handles well, easy to maintain and excellent offroad. All getting to the age of needing work now but thay have a character. The looks from other offroad... Read More

1988 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

Fun To Drive Bus With Ac By Coronajeep

Fun to drive overall, and got decent enough mileage too! especially on trips! With plenty of room to lay down, tools, toys or luggage for a trip. Could use a console of some kind or at least cup ho... Read More

Ever Been Passed By A Vw Van On An On Ramp? By Litew8

I like it a lot! The Subaru SOHC 16V non-interference engine is bullet proof and matches up to the Vanagon 4 Spd perfectly. If you like, you can drive in 3rd gear at 70 mph. Cruising at 90 mph at sea ... Read More

1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Reviews

Vw Westy By jennyfromPNW

Bought to be used as an occasional vehicle and it is great when used for that. We did use it as a primary vehicle for a short time and it was not ideal. Modified it a bit over time to include head-res... Read More

Great For Burning Man By huertat

It's been a real good van, just need something smaller. Kids have grown and going off to college. I just drive it back and forth to work. It's been real realiable, i know someone can have some real f... Read More

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