1975 Volkswagen Type II Review

1975 Volkswagen Type II transporter 1.8 Fuel-injected from North America

Year of manufacture1975
First year of ownership2001
Most recent year of ownership2002
Engine and transmission 1.8 Fuel-injected Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 6 / 10
Comfort marks 5 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.3 / 10
Distance when acquired56900 miles
Most recent distance62000 miles


For the non-performance-minded tinkerer with endless patience


I replaced the clutch & throw-out bearing.

Repaired the leaking exhaust.

Did some impromptu body work.

Replaced head gaskets, Injector O-rings, clutch cable, fuel pump & solenoid.

Is a Canadian bus, so had to deal with rust...

Interior is uncomfortable, I plan on re-padding seats or finding donor later model seats.

Has mystery leaks, floor collects water.

Had to replace Constant Velocity Joint when a torn boot let it run dry.

General Comments:

Fun to work on, quite simple when you get right down to it.

Becomes more than a hobby, constantly on the lookout for donor busses.

Drives like a bus.

Remarkably easy to park.

Uncomfortable seats. Drafty...

Good pickup compared to other carbureted vans I've driven.

Loads of fun.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 18th October, 2002

Average review marks: 6.3 / 10, based on 1 review