1974 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia 1.8


This is the ULTIMATE Adventure travel vehicle.


The transmission needed a rebuild after a friend failed to warm the transmission up before moving the van from a cold start (-36F) and after being parked for 8 months.100,000 miles.

Everything else is in line with the age and the van is well kept. I had added electronic ignition ($70 new) to prevent additional (on the road) maintenance.

I cut the top Plaid foam mattress covers nearly off and added some other (ugly green) OEM Plaid material to re-cover the front seats.

General Comments:

Cheap to buy parts for and simple to do-it-your-self with a Bentley Manual.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 20th September, 2005

20th Sep 2005, 11:23

VW did not make the Vanagon until 1980.

If you have the old Bus Camper with an automatic transmission, don't challenge any old ladies with walkers to a race. You will lose badly.