mpg for a 1991Volkswagen Vanagon Wolfsburg Edition

Asked by Nov 14, 2012 at 01:00 AM about the 1991 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Passenger Van

Question type: General

how many mpg does 1991Volkswagen Vanagon Wolfsburg Edition get? how realiable is this car?

3 Answers


The biggest "issue" with the 2.1L Vanagon drive train is the engine itself...a magnesium block with aluminum heads causes some powerful galvanic reactions...but this can be managed by strict adherance to the maintenance intervals. That being said, the vehicle can be quite reliable...mileage around town should be around 15mpg...on the highway, 18-19mpg. Many in the Vanagon community at large have been transplanting TDI and Subaru engines into their Vanagons to improve power and/or fuel mileage...but the conversions are not cheap...and not for the weak-hearted.

1 of 1 people found this helpful.

Be sure to check out When I had my 1986 Vanagon, they were tremendous help for me.


I've had very good success with my Vanagon; 1991 model, owned since 1992. I did the headgaskets when it was ten years old, around 100K. It now has 180K, and the problem hasn't recurred yet. I use the VW headgasket sealant on both sides of the "headgasket", and the cylinder sleeve liners are vital to replace neatly while the car is opened up. As for fuel ecomomy, mine's an automatic Westfalia, and will do low to mid teens locally and around 19 on the highway.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • mpg for a 1991Volkswagen Vanagon Wolfsburg Edition 3 answers

    how many mpg does 1991Volkswagen Vanagon Wolfsburg Edition get? how realiable is this car?

    1991 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Passenger Van



  • gas mileage 82 vanagon 1 answer

    do you know what the factory mpg rating was on an 82 vanagon 2.0 aircooled, automatic

    1982 Volkswagen Vanagon



  • VW Vanagon to Subaru conversion 1 answer

    Can you legally swap from VW Vanagon to a Subaru EJ25 here in California?

    Volkswagen Vanagon



  • How do I remove the thermostat from a 85 Vanagon 1 answer

    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 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Passenger Van



  • 1986 vw vanagon horn wiring diagram 4 answers

    horn does not work. The fuse is good. Does this vehicle use a horn relay. Where can I get a diagram of the horn system?

    1987 Volkswagen Vanagon GL Camper Passenger Van




Looking for a Used Vanagon in your area?

CarGurus has 19 nationwide Vanagon listings and the tools to find you a great deal.


Search Volkswagen Vanagon Questions

Volkswagen Vanagon Experts

#1 Scott Sr.
Scott Sr.
Reputation 870
#2 Ryan Redenbaugh
Ryan Redenbaugh
Reputation 250
#3 chassy
Reputation 200
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used Volkswagen EuroVan
69 listings starting at $4,950
Used Toyota Land Cruiser
12 Great Deals out of 1,017 listings starting at $3,800
Used Jeep Wrangler
259 Great Deals out of 15,909 listings starting at $2,695
Used Land Rover Defender
117 listings starting at $25,999
Used Toyota 4Runner
227 Great Deals out of 19,106 listings starting at $1,500
Used Volkswagen Jetta
556 Great Deals out of 44,282 listings starting at $800

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.