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About Volkswagen Vanagon

As the third-generation Volkswagen Transporter marked also as Caravelle in Europe, Microbus in South Africa, Volkswagen Vanagon was built by a famous German automobile manufacturer Volkswagen, shorten to VW, between May 1979 to 1991 for the North and South America as a light commercial vehicle. Originally introduced as the successor of the second-generation Volkswagen Transporter (Type 2, T2), Vanagon could be also as third-generation VW van in the U.S. and Canada. But after being manufactured for only twelve years, Vanagon was replaced by the fourth-generation Volkswagen Transporter (T4, Eurovan) in 1993 model year.
Volkswagen Vanagon made its debut in 1989 for the 1990 model year and was offered in two body styles, 3-door van and 3-door pickup. Vanagon came in several trim levels: Base and L as well as Camper, Weekender and Wolfsburg Edition versions. Featured vinyl seats and a spartan interior, Volkswagen Vanagon also had optional cloth seats, optional dashboard blower even integrated kitchen, completing with refrigerator, a two-burner stove and stainless-steel sink with onboard water supply, even a fold down rear bench seat, which could convert to a bed for four adults. During its lifetime, Volkswagen Vanagon got many engine options ranging from 1.6 L flat 4-cylinder petrol air-cooled engine to 1.7 L inline 4-cyliner diesel engine. And all these engines sent power through 4-speed, 5-speed manual and 3-speed automatic transmissions to rear wheels.

Volkswagen Vanagon Common Problems & Maintenance Tips

Though as a van suitable for family use, Volkswagen Vanagon is quite practical and useful. But another fact is that even the youngest Vanagon now is at least twenty-six years old, which means these common problems will find it eventually:
First, for Volkswagen Vanagon drivers, transmission failure is the worst and most common problem during driving. This issue could be serious enough to cause drivability issue and even make your vehicle impotent completely. Some Vanagon owners even have no knowledge about working principle of automobiles, thus, these recognizable and simple symptoms of this issue could be helpful in diagnosing and solving it. Generally speaking, this issue often starts with clunking or grinding noises from underneath the vehicle; then you will find hard to shift gear, the indicator not matching the gear, vehicle starting in another gear or refusing to go into any gear. Finally, the transmission will slip and surge so that influence your driving experience. For a smooth ride, please make sure the Vanagon transmission assembly, clutch fork, automatic transmission filter, automatic transmission shifter, and shift cable are working properly before hitting the road.
Second, for old model like Volkswagen Vanagon, engine problem seems to be an indispensable problem. Though there are still many Vanagon drivers have no clue about working principle of automobiles, engine problem won't be ignored by them as it could lead to vehicle breakdown. The earlier you solve it, the safer your ride will be. According to professional vehicle repairmen, engine will send out some signs before it fails completely. First of all, it will make some noises to attract your attention; if being ignored, it will run roughly, misfire, stall and even suffer from hard starting or inability to start; before the vehicle gives up on you completely, you could notice a big decline in power, acceleration and fuel economy. Once the Check Engine Light, do not hesitate to inspect the Vanagon spark plug, oxygen sensor, oil filter, air filter, fuel pump, engine mount, drive belt and timing chain.
In order to have a long-lived Volkswagen Vanagon, you need to pay extra attention to some special and vulnerable auto parts. Some parts are bound not to last as long as your Vanagon does since some of them are made of fragile materials and work under harsh conditions. Please maintain Vanagon seat belt, windshield wiper, wiper blade, fog light, headlight, antenna and cabin air filter routinely for a safe and comfortable ride.
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