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1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia

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This is an extremely clean diesel Westy from the only year when VW actually offered an oil-burner straight from the factory. As opposed to the anemic original 1.6 liter, last year this received a heart update via a brand-new 1.9-liter diesel unit straight from Volkswagen. Despite being pretty early in the Vanagon life cycle, the chassis has just 84k miles, putting together a very tidy package with a complete, fully functioning interior and nearly flawless exterior. All of this comes together for a van that appears ready for several more decades of fun.

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Year: 1982
Model: Vanagon Westfalia
Engine: 1.9 liter inline-4 diesel
Transmission: 4-speed manual
Mileage: 84,664 mi on chassis, 1,500 mi on engine
Price: $20,000 OBO

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BRAND NEW 1.9L Diesel motor has less than 1500 miles on it. Installed 07/18/141982 Vanagon 1.9L Diesel 29MPG smog exempt in California (VERY RARE)

THIS WAS A FACTORY MANUFACTURED DIESEL (1982) only year a diesel vanagon was made in US. The vehicle has always been registered as a diesel in CA. New engine is simply an upgrade- more power! Clean title, registered till March 2016

Diesel engine 29 MPG. Great camping/ adventure/ or daily driver vehicle. Authentic Westfalia pop-top camper. All original interior. Exterior in good shape –straight body. Odometer reads 84664 miles. Records for all work done.

Interior details: 2 beds, dinner table, stove, sink, refrigerator (includes door, ice trays, shelves (removed for photos), cabinet doors all original, work and latch. All interior parts work well! Swivel front seats, fold out upper bed, back seat/ bed folds up and down, seatbelts all work. all curtains, original carpet in good condition-floor mats, window screens (side and back),original upholstery, canvas front seat covers, all cabinet doors work, interior lights work, dash lights work, sensors work, clock works, tape deck works, new speakers.

Exterior details: very clean body (no dents, or accident damage), triangle windows work, sliding windows work, pop-top has been re-gel coated and in great condition, pop-top canvas in good condition, 7 spoke rims 16 inches tal. Tires in good condition (20k miles) 205/60R16, all doors and locks work. All windows/pop-top are waterproof, no leaks.

Engine details: Brand new German built 1.9L Diesel engine installed 07/18/14. New oil pickup, new oil pan, new oil pump, harmonic balance added, all components are genuine VW parts. New muffler

All original manuals (vanagon, camper, stove, refrigerator)

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Older Westys can make up the cheaper end of the Vanagon spectrum, but this one checks all the right boxes and deserves its strong $20k price tag. Having all parts function as they should and the reliability of a brand-new diesel is a lot to ask no matter the year. With a lot of care and plenty of investment, the seller is passing on a really nice campervan with few, if any, caveats.


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  1. Canmore
    Canmore July 17, 2015

    For two years I was the proud owner of the exact diesel Westie, same colours, with less than 60,000 miles on it. Other than being terrible on long, rather mild hills in the Canadian prairie and the outside mirrors folding in during windstorms, the thing was unbreakable. You had to take a run at the hill, there had to be a game plan. Going through the Canadian Rockies, get used to fully loaded semitrailers passing you on any sort of incline. I thought about putting a Subaru or VW Jetta diesel in it, but in the end moving to Japan for a decade was my life path. I think about the vehicle once a week, Westies are like that, you always wish you’d not sold it.

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