1985 Volkswagen Vanagon GL 1.9 from North America
The best of German engineering, too bad they don't make them anymore
Water pump failure on cross-country trip.
Leaks in coolant system which are common and easily fixed.
Brakes squeak and are expensive.
The best of the entire VW transporter lineage, IMO. Has loads of room with all of the common car amenities (mine has A/C), which is better than any previous generation.
Had a 1981 Westy that was horrible compared to this 85 GL. There is no comparison from air to water cooled. I will take the leaks, it beats the air cooled mess.
West-fail-yas are overrated and usually run into the ground... get a GL with a rear bench/bed, cooler, and a camp stove... you will love the extra room. If you keep them tuned they will run forever.
Would you buy another car from this manufacturer? Yes
Review Date: 4th January, 2006