1978 Volkswagen Type II Reviews

1978 Volkswagen Type II 2.0 from North America

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1996
Most recent year of ownership1998
Engine and transmission 2.0 Manual
Performance marks 7 / 10
Reliability marks 7 / 10
Comfort marks 6 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 6 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
6.5 / 10
Distance when acquired80000 miles
Most recent distance0 miles
Previous carFord Truck

Summary:

Really fun ride if you don't mind tinkering a bit

Faults:

Electric fuel pump went out. Somewhat expensive, but very easy to replace. "S" shaped intake tube that connects to air flow computer/meter cracked leaving the vehicle inoperable. Was not a big deal once I figured out what the problem was. If you have a fuel injected, air cooled bus and it mysteriously quits running right check this hose. Any air leaks cause major problems with this early fuel injection system.

Replaced shocks and rear brakes.

Replaced battery. Don't go cheap on the battery for these. Get the right one. Should be about 765cca's minimum.

General Comments:

Not a vehicle for everyone, but I loved it. Only paid $400 for it. Best money I had spent in a long time. I put at least 20000 miles on it and loved most of em.

The biggest complaint I had was the fact that it had absolutely no heat whatsoever. I knew this going into it. If you have to have a good heater, then an air cooled engine isn't for you!

It handled better than I expected for a VW bus. But be warned! They don't like wind at all. A stiff breeze can put you in another lane easily if you aren't on top of it. I was very impressed with the engine. I could cruise down the highway at 90 with no problems whatsoever.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 31st August, 2002

1978 Volkswagen Type II Devon Conversion Camper 1.7 from UK and Ireland

Year of manufacture1978
First year of ownership1999
Most recent year of ownership2000
Engine and transmission 1.7 Manual
Performance marks 5 / 10
Reliability marks 10 / 10
Comfort marks 10 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
7.5 / 10
Distance when acquired105000 miles
Most recent distance110000 miles

Faults:

Nothing too worrying really, just the usual wear and tear.

General Comments:

I have three vans at the moment all in various conditions, but I love them and I can't imagine selling them!!!!

They are fun to drive once you are over 50 mph and you have stopped cheering! It's fun trying to keep them in a straight line! But still you can't beat meeting another owner and chatting the night away over some chilled ones! Go on, get a VW Type 2, I dare you!

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 21st February, 2000

1978 Volkswagen Type II Westfalia 2.0L FI from North America

Year of manufacture1978
Engine and transmission 2.0L FI
Performance marks 4 / 10
Reliability marks 5 / 10
Comfort marks 8 / 10
Running Costs (higher is cheaper) 5 / 10
Overall marks (average of all marks)
5.5 / 10

Faults:

Nothing major - normal wear and tear and age items. 2nd owner, 175K miles.

General Comments:

Give it regular and correct maintenance and it will last.

Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes

Review Date: 24th June, 1999

Average review marks: 6.5 / 10, based on 3 reviews