Volkswagen Type II Review from Argentina

1965 Volkswagen Type II Microbus 1.6 petrol

Year of manufacture1965
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership1999
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Dealer Service marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired83000 kilometres
Most recent distance100000 kilometres
Previous carCitroen Ami 8


The hippie motor home for the traveling band



Clutch (it was my mistake)

Brakes (again, my mistake)

Door locks.

Nothing wrong in the design, just typical old car things.

General Comments:

It serviced me for 4 years after being abandoned for 1 year.

I just changed the oil, rebuilt the carburetor, new battery and that was it, it started like nothing.

The Volkswagen boxer engine is the most reliable thing I drove in my life.

The torsion bar suspension is excellent. It just needs frequent greasing in the front end joints.

The sensation of riding in the front seat can be frightening, but after a couple of rides it's great. Slow down for speed bumps!!

Don't try to make more than 100km/h, the aerodynamics are poor. Beware of cross and front winds.

The luggage space is excellent. Mine was converted to something like a Westfalia and I traveled a lot.

Mechanical service is very easy and accessible. The engine can be taken out of the frame in 25 minutes.

Fuel mileage is poor, about 18mpg or 7 km/l on the city, 26 mpg or 11km/l on the city. It runs great with regular.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 16th April, 2003

Average review marks: 7.0 / 10, based on 1 review