Kaiser Willys Review

1951 Kaiser Willys Nederlandse Kaiser Fabriek 2.2 from Netherlands

Year of manufacture1951
Engine and transmission 2.2
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 2 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10

Faults:

The gearbox replaced, is a weak part of the car because of the power from the engine on it.

Rear suspension, I drive a bit rough with this car :)

General Comments:

In rough terrain it is the best.

It likes to drink petrol a lot!

A fun car to drive, a classic.

It has never let me down, it is a reliable car for its age and it is easy to repair it by yourself (you don't have to study for it, just lots of love and time).

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st February, 2000

23rd Sep 2004, 04:21

I really like that the review of this car is on this site. The official name of this car is "willy's Overland M38 A1" or "Nekaf". Nekaf stands for "Nederlandse Kaiser Fabriek".

I believe the remark about the gearbox is false. Most of the time why the gearboxes are damaged is because of its age and because rough driving in terrain. Sometimes people even put the wrong oil in the gearbox.

I think the weak points are the steering parts that results in shimmying of the car, but all problems are relative easy to repair. It's a lovely car as a first car to learn about car technics. All parts are very easy to reach.

Very good review on this car!!

23rd Jul 2006, 22:57

I learned how to drive a stick on a 1955 Willy's Pickup. The un-sync meshed first was a pain, but I learned to double clutch because of it. That gearbox was nearly indestructible, but not that clutch. It was slow, and was very thirsty, but God it could clime up the worst roads in the mountains of Colorado. It was part goat.

27th Jun 2008, 10:56

The Fort Sill motor pool in 1966 had one Willys Jeep left and since no one else wanted it I could pretty much check it out as my own. Trying, as only a 19 year old knucklehead can, to blow-up the'Hurricane Four' I came to nought. The transmission, however, was a three speed with standard 'H' pattern. As a newly- minted NCO my POV (Privately Owned Vehicle) was a spiffy new Datsun Roadster four speed with first in the same position as the Jeep's reverse. This lead to a few embarrassing instances of inadvertent reverse burnouts at base stop signs but the Jeep continued to thrive. At last word (2002) it was pulling a wagon somewhere in Kansas...

Average review marks: 5.5 / 10, based on 1 review