1977 Volkswagen Type II Reviews

1977 Volkswagen Type II Westfalia Camper Porsche 914 Four from North America

Model year1977
Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1991
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission Porsche 914 Four Manual
Performance marks 6 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 7 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.0 / 10
Distance when acquired90000 miles
Most recent distance165000 miles

Summary:

The Bus

Faults:

The radio and speakers had to be replaced. What's new? It's an old Volkswagen.

The heater required some work with the electric fan.

The engine was rebuilt at one point and was going to need rebuilding again if we hadn't sold it in time.

The air-conditioning system forever had leaks and faults that only allowed a couple of days of good use.

Parts could be quite expensive.

General Comments:

Overall, it was a reliable van that held up extremely well considering its age. All of the carpets, plaid upholstery, and wood veneer on the cabinets still looked new. The paint also shined up well.

The van did win trophies for "best original" on more than one occasion.

Although I never drove it on the road, the driving position was quite awkward and the shifter felt imprecise as it was very long.

It was a fun thing to have around; with electric outlets, a sink, a built-in cooler, three beds, and tons of storage space. It was comfortable on trips and it was nice to be able to hide stuff when at a show in the numerous cabinets and bins. One could also have complete privacy with curtains for every window. Also, there was a neat bug screen that attached over the rear hatch opening.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 23rd November, 2004

11th Mar 2007, 16:56

How did you rack up 75,000 miles without driving it on the road?

11th May 2007, 20:11

I was not old enough to drive when my family owned this vehicle. We sold it when I was 14.

1977 Volkswagen Type II Devon 2.0 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1977
First year of ownership1998
Most recent year of ownership2001
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
8.0 / 10
Distance when acquired0 miles
Most recent distance99134 miles

Summary:

The best in the world

Faults:

Nothing has ever gone wrong with the van since I have rebuilt it.

General Comments:

This type of vehicle opens up a a new life for anybody who buys one - they are reliable, fun, comfy, a good talking point in the pub, way cooler than any other vehicle on the road. They represent a way of life that is being relaxed, peaceful, chilled out and most of clever, yes clever because these vans are perfect in the snow or mud as the drive is at the back which gives it more traction.

Won't over heat on long journeys as the top speed of these is the perfect cruising speed and won't freeze in winter as they are aircooled. This also means that they start better in winter.

They are the best vehicle to own by far, there are too many advantages and plus points to owning one, but here are the few that could make you buy one.

Try it, break free from the crowd, don't be afraid of what other people will think.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th February, 2001

Average review marks: 7.5 / 10, based on 2 reviews