1986 Volkswagen Vanagon Syncro 2.1L Wasserboxer
I will keep this car forever, and will replace the engine with a new 1.9l VW turbodiesel
2nd gear crunch, ignition replaced, head gasket at 60k and 100k.
Air conditioning unit fell down.
Head gasket problems due to non VW mechanic using the wrong type of coolant. Flushed and switched to VW certified non phosphate coolant, and now no problems.
Air conditioner unit fell down off the ceiling because of 4x4 off road conditions.
Syncro all wheel drive is awesome in snow and ice driving conditions.
Fixed 2nd gear crunch and rebuilt the transmission, adding front and rear lockers, changed syncro system to a true 4x4 set up, and added a de-coupler. Now I can go anywhere!
It is not made for speed off roading, so the 90hp motor with the trail gear can climb a wall with stair step ruts with mud, snow and ice.
I am finding it hard to challenge this vehicle, short of rock crawling like jeeps that have thousands of $$ in suspension work. Mine is stock suspension.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 12th September, 2007