Greetings Fellow Westy owners, I'm kinda slow too, so having a slow vehicle is OK with me. As far as the tires go, Yokohama makes one Michelin makes a great tire and I have a set of 185R14C 6 ply sidewall. Got a brand new spare when I bought the rest. Along with an oil change, I change the fuel filter and have the tires rotated every 5000 miles. An alignment every 10,000 miles.
Bought them from Firestone back in August of 2001 and these tires show no wear. I paid $40.00 each for them in 2001 and now their going for $70.00 each.
I would buy these again, only if the price was $50.00 or
$60.00.My next set will probably the Michelin since you can buy them on line at a reasonable price.
Happy trails 2all...RCB.
Have an '89 Westfalia w/automatic and love it. I don't find power to be a problem. It cruises nicely at 65mph, mileage hangs around 18-20mpg. I don't like to drive freeways anyway. As long as you're not in a hurry I find it perfect. No other vehicle does what this one does and it feels solid as a rock.
I own a 1984 Vanagon Westphalia Camper, the only gripe that I have on the vehicle is that it is extremely SLOW, SLOW, SLOW, SLOW! Did I mention slow? It has no AC, no power steering, basic transportation. I love it as a camper, but I do find other faults. Little gremlins like, cutting off in the middle of traffic, just to mysteriously start again twenty or thirty minutes later. Then there are those who try and scare on the Internet, warning me and other fellow early Vanagon Westy owners of the water boxer head-gaskets, and the inadequacies of the third to fourth hub assembly in the manuel tranmission. I have currently 125k, with the only complaints being NO POWER, and ELECTRICAL GREMLINS. Other than that, it is the best vehicle, camper van, thus produced. (Can you name another vehicle that runs and drives like any other-except speed-park in a regular spot, and still comfortably sleep four?)
Absolutely! I too am a proud owner of both air and water-cooled Vanagons and Westfalias - in this increasingly turbulent economy, these Westfalias are worth MORE than their weight in gold! No matter what, you always have a comfortable place to sleep or live if you have to, and be home wherever you roam! With the cost of car registration & insurance shooting out the roof now, these Westfalias are priceless.. Even if the engine or tranny goes out, hold on to it as long as you can, and upgrade or replace, whatever your budget can do.. I'll take a Vanagon over any 2009 or 2010 car any day - MAYBE I'd trade for a late Dodge/Mercedes-Benz Sprinter van, but that's about it.
I have an 84 Westy, which I have owned since 1998, and have put on at least 200,000 Km. I too had the cutting out problem, usually but not always when it got real hot outside. The van would always restart after it cooled down, but I was never able to have a mechanic along when it died. The problem turned out to be the Hall Effects Sender unit in the distributor, and when that was replaced, the problem ceased and has not returned. The musty roof problem was solved by removing the top and using paint remover on the fuzzy coating inside the camper top. I repainted with Tremclad Bright White and it is fantastic. The van is pushing 400,000 Km and going strong; not pretty anymore, but strong.