1973 Volkswagen Type II Reviews

1973 Volkswagen Type II Campmobile 2 Litre from Australia and New Zealand

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2002
Most recent year of ownership2005
Engine and transmission 2 Litre Manual
Performance marks 8 / 10
Reliability marks 8 / 10
Comfort marks 9 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.8 / 10
Distance when acquired132000 miles
Most recent distance158562 miles
Previous carDatsun Sunny

Summary:

If you like going places far and wide and have that mobility this vehicle is for you

Faults:

Rust, rust and more rust! But I have managed to eliminate this problem over the past 3 years. I have just had a new clutch, pressure plate, throwout bearing and seals put in. nothing else major.

General Comments:

My Campmobile travels on the open road like an absolute dream! Very comfortable, can, and have driven for hours and hours, stopping only for refuelling and a bite to eat and still feel good once arriving at the destination. Around town is another story with it being a bit of a pain changing gears etc and chews up a bit of petrol too.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th November, 2005

1973 Volkswagen Type II 1.6 petrol from UK and Ireland

Model year1973
Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership2003
Most recent year of ownership2004
Engine and transmission 1.6 petrol Manual
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 1 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10
Distance when acquired165000 miles
Most recent distance180000 miles
Previous carVolvo 240

Summary:

Not just a vehicle, but a way of life

Faults:

Rust, Rust, Rust! Same as all the others!

Engine oil leak - Again, same as all the others.

Headlight wiring problem in South West Wales left us stuck, but the nice RAC man saved the road-trip!

General Comments:

No performance, but that's not why you buy one really. I got 83mph out of mine (with a 25 mile run-up!)

Strangers wave and smile at you at random.

Handles like the QE2, and takes 3 weeks notice to stop, but all part of the character.

Push-down pedals are very comfortable - once you get used to them!

Took it on the inevitable pilgrimage to Cornwall, which is why it was invented.

Own one - just to say you have.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 1st November, 2004

1973 Volkswagen Type II Devon Camper 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.6 Don't Know
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 9 / 10
Comfort marks 7 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 4 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired147000 miles
Most recent distance168000 miles

Summary:

Top speed of about 50 mph but fun to drive. Grrreat

Faults:

Exhaust needed replacing once - that's all.

General Comments:

A brilliant practical camper with all body and mechanical parts being available at reasonable prices.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Don't Know

Review Date: 2nd June, 2000

16th Jan 2001, 15:37

If you are only getting 50 mph there is a problem, you should be able to maintain 60-65 for long periods. I'd have it looked at if I were you.

22nd Jun 2001, 06:59

I had a similar problem with my van only obtaining 45 to 50mph. It was because the throttle cable was stuck. It only cost £20.00 to have it fixed at an air cooled specialist garage.

1973 Volkswagen Type II Camper 1.6 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1973
Engine and transmission 1.6
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 4 / 10
Dealer Service marks 3 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.0 / 10

Faults:

Old van. Engine went on fire once, nearly lost the lot, but fixed in a car park on a Saturday morning with Haynes manual and a little guesswork, and it started first time!!!!!!!!!!!

Brakes cease every winter. Exhaust had to be replaced, used cheaper Beetle one, no problem.

General Comments:

Great van, easy to repair, fun. Hard to drive as no top speed above 55.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 12th January, 2000

Average review marks: 6.0 / 10, based on 4 reviews