1969 Volkswagen Vanagon Review from North America

1969 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia 1.6 gas

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 gas Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired220000 miles
Most recent distance248000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Surely the finest example of automotive engineering

Faults:

Engine gave out at 230,000. It was the second engine. I installed the third one, it has given excellent service.

I replaced the transmission upon buying the van. Second gear had quit working.

There is rust in some places along the bottom of the van. The doors leak in heavy rain. The seats are not very comfortable, even with new upholstery.

The muffler has a persistent leak.

The pop-top will not stay down.

Carburettor was replaced this year.

General Comments:

I love this car! Despite its many faults and idiosyncracies, it is the finest piece of automotive machinery ever put on the road. I hope that there never comes a day that I will be without my beloved bus.

I highly recommend this car to anyone willing to get their hands dirty and enjoy it! Truly the most unique and useful car on the road.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 14th June, 2000

9th Oct 2004, 23:01

I really enjoyed your truthful and heart felt comments. I also am addicted to Volkswagen busses. I am buying my fifth.

26th Oct 2005, 00:54

I wish I could find a vanagon from 1969... That could go for a lot of money.

28th Jul 2010, 00:14

I had a 69 Westphalia, it was the best van. Wish I had kept it. Looking at buying a newer one, 1980's.

Average review marks: 5.0 / 10, based on 1 review