1969 Volkswagen Type II Reviews

1969 Volkswagen Type II Camper 1.6 boxer from North America

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1969
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 1.6 boxer Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.6 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance250000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Beetle

Summary:

Excellent inexpensive transportation and fun campmobile

Faults:

Engine required a top overhaul approximately every 60,000 miles, but that's not really a big problem since the engine is removed so easily, and overhaul kits were fairly inexpensive.

I had to replace the engine case once due to an oil leak caused by a crack, but I believe this was due to impact damage from road debris.

The original carb. was changed out for a two barrel Ford unit, which dramatically improved the way it ran and responded.

The exhaust system was changed to a Purple Snake header unit with a single outlet. It performed much better and was still hidden under the vehicle, unlike todays ugly systems.

General Comments:

The vehicle is very comfortable and has excellent driving characteristics, especially with sway bars and Bilstein shocks. Mine will handle better than most sedans.

It's very dependable.

Most people don't know how to drive an aircooled vehicle. The trick it to keep it revved up so the cooling fan can do its job. It doesn't make any difference whether you do mostly town driving or highway driving. Just keep the fan turning and you will not have any problems.

Most of my driving has been in a desert environment with 100 degree + summer heat without any overheating problems, but I did add an oil cooler to help out. I mounted it directly over the fan intake on the back of the doghouse.

It has excellent off road and snow capabilities. More than once I've had to pull 4X4's out of the snow (I did have chains on). I drove mine to Alaska from New Mexico and back pulling a single axle full size trailer. Engine did just fine.

I lost this vehicle in an accident with a Ford dually a few years ago. Boy do I miss my Bus. It had been in the family since new.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 3rd March, 2009

11th Dec 2009, 06:44

For the record, NEVER EVER EVER mount ANYTHING in front of the fan shroud. That creates an added, unnecessary air restriction and will actually cause the engine to overheat due to air starvation of the fan inside the 'doghouse' as he puts it. I think he means the fan shroud. The doghouse refers to the little tin metal cubby that the stock oil cooler resides in.

1969 Volkswagen Type II Camper Bus 1.6L from North America

Model year1969
Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership2005
Most recent year of ownership2009
Engine and transmission 1.6L Manual
Performance marks 3 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 8 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Previous carFord Explorer

Summary:

VW knew exactly what they were doing

Faults:

I bought this Bus on Ebay in '05, crazy I know, and drove it from Detroit all the way down to Tennessee, keeping it around 60mph, and took 12 hours; kept a eye on the oil just to be safe and no problems at all.

The guy who had it before had recently restored everything, except most of the finishing touches on the interior.

I replaced the carpet with some nice shag LOL, and upholstered the seat and bed. It is red and had a pop top with a black cover that is now white along with the front emblem, which was golden yellow before.

The engine was replaced 12k ago according the guy I got it from. And to date the only major repair needed is to replace a burnt out tail light.

I know there are all different kinds of camper styles (i.e. Westfalia), but mine has a closet first on the left and the standard bench that folds down to a bed, a fold up table from the wall, a reverse seat behind the driver, behind the passenger is a sink atop of a refrigerator, which works only when the bus is plugged to a camper power jack. The sinks drains; the manual pump is not working, but a new one is being shipped.

Overall the bus is my most reliable vehicle, it always starts, takes it a couple tries in cold weather, but always turns. The key is to always, ALWAYS let the motor warm up before driving; these old school air-cooled engines will always take care of you if you give just the minimum, so why not take real good care of it...

General Comments:

Before I bought my '69, we had a '72. Which had a fiberglass top that was solid and could be raised of lowered, and was high enough for my 6'1" frame. But it needed some serious TLC, so we sold for the '69.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? No

Review Date: 19th January, 2009

29th Jan 2009, 22:07

From the original post, the sad face is a mistake.

9th Sep 2010, 00:16

Great post about your bus. Love old VWs.

1969 Volkswagen Type II camper bus 1.6 dual port carbureted from North America

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1995
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 dual port carbureted Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Dealer Service marks 4 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.4 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance220000 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Type II

Summary:

1969 - the best year for a camper bus

Faults:

Everything was replaced at one point or another.

General Comments:

I owned a 1978, 1979, 1980, 1972, 1970 Volkswagen camper of each over several years. The 1969 design was the best for Volkswagen's camper busses. It was light enough to support the smaller 1.6 liter engine. It was practical in all ways, and ideal for road trips. The most ideal of all the busses. The air-cooled busses are ONLY good and dependable on long road trips, and will surely fail if you drive it around town. Most common thing? Valve adjustment. Most annoying thing? Generator brush replacements in the Yukon. Best thing? Insta-metal-tent wherever you are.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 7th June, 2003

1969 Volkswagen Type II SO-67 Westfalia 1.6 from North America

Year of manufacture1969
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 1.6 Manual
Distance when acquired78000 miles
Most recent distance82500 miles
Previous carVolkswagen Type II

Summary:

It's a bus

Faults:

Bought engine-less. Built one from scratch and watched it rot in a few months. Not so easy. Well, now her motor is dismantled for the Beetle.

Rust.

General Comments:

Patience a requisite.

A Type 4 Upright would be nice.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 29th July, 2001

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 4 reviews