1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Overview


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1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Overview

Volkswagen expanded its Vanagon offerings for 1990 by adding the Multivan to a lineup that included the standard Vanagon, the Vanagon GL, the GL Camper, the Carat, and the limited-edition Wolfsburg Edition. All versions of the Vanagon were powered by a 2.1-liter water-cooled four-cylinder engine that generated 90 horsepower and included the Digifant fuel-injection system.

A four-speed manual transmission was standard, while a five-speed manual was standard on trim packages that included VW's Synchro all-wheel-drive system. A three-speed automatic transmission was optional. The rear-wheel-drive vehicle was also equipped with rack and pinion steering, power-assisted brakes, and front and rear independent suspension.

Standard features for the Vanagon included front bucket seats, a rear window defogger, a padded instrument panel, a sliding side door, and a lockable glove box. The Vanagon GL added deluxe front seats, power heated mirrors, a rear window wiper, carpeting, and air conditioning, while the GL Camper added a stove, sink, refrigerator, storage cabinets, and folding stow-away tables.

The Carat added such features as the power door locks, privacy curtains, and power front windows, while the Multivan added a rear clothes locker and a two-person sleeping loft, among other features.

Generally, drivers agreed that the Vanagon was fun to drive, and cited its handling, roominess, and versatility as positive points. And although many drivers remained loyal to the vehicle, they noted that it often needed frequent repairs, which could be expensive.


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