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Old 03-03-2007, 01:22 PM
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Volkswagon Vanagon...good roadtrip car?

I helped a friend move who has a VW vanagon. It's amazing the amount of stuff those things can haul. This particular one was a 1989 Wolfsburg eddition with 250k and it made a great 150 mile trip. I'm surprised that these vehicles were not more popular considering how well they were made compared to any other things out their like the dodge minivan with is pure junk from my observations and lacks any sort of charm. Has anyone had one of these or know anything about them? Thanks

Hmm didn't
Mercedes make a van that was very similar to the original VW van? What was it called

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...NA:en%26sa%3DX

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Old 03-03-2007, 01:27 PM
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They made the 307d, I think Kerry Edwards owned one. Use google image and a bunch of pics will come up.
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:33 PM
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I'm not familar witht he dielsels in those. I had heard of people doing TDI Swaps, which could be cool.
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Old 03-03-2007, 01:50 PM
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It's a VW. The only road trip recommended is straight to the nearest junk yard.

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Old 03-03-2007, 01:52 PM
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i think they were offered with diesel at least one year. very very rare i would think.

i think they are pretty nice driving for a van. i haven't driven one though.

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Old 03-03-2007, 02:22 PM
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oh yea those vanagon diesels are rare.. Synchros are fun
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Old 03-03-2007, 06:51 PM
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They are tough and reliable but slow. I did an inline engine conversion in my friends van and it was great. I still think he should have turbocharged the original engine. They really hold their value and if you buy them right you can own them for years and still make money of em!
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:17 PM
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\Hmm didn't
Mercedes make a van that was very similar to the original VW van? What was it called

http://images.google.com/imgres?imgu...NA:en%26sa%3DX
Yeh, I owned a 307d and a 409d. The one that looked almost identical to a VW van was the old 206d built by Hanomag.
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Old 03-03-2007, 07:32 PM
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I worked for a place that had a couple of the eurovan which came after the Vanagon I think, both of them had diesels and standards, we could load those buggers up 1000 lbs easy and they didn't even grunt. They were awesome, especially when the other choices from the pool were aerostars. COG was low so they handled real well given what they are. Our only complaint was they red lined at something like 130 km/h given the way we drove the vehicles to keep our schedules they spent their life in the yellow zone.
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Old 03-05-2007, 08:46 AM
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As the old "VW & Porsche" magazine once said about the diesel Vanagon:

"Like trying to ride a bike in top gear everywhere, the diesel Vanagon will make you aware of the existence of hills that you didn't know were there."

Apparently, diesel Vanagons can't get away from Kudzu!
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Old 03-05-2007, 09:32 AM
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The thing that scared me when driving one was the fact that my legs were the crumple zone! I agree that they were pretty well built, but being so far up front always scared me.
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As the old "VW & Porsche" magazine once said about the diesel Vanagon:

"Like trying to ride a bike in top gear everywhere, the diesel Vanagon will make you aware of the existence of hills that you didn't know were there."

Apparently, diesel Vanagons can't get away from Kudzu!
Or, as the Australians described the 206d, "It couldn't pull the skin off a rice custard."

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