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Q. What is a Type 2?

The T3 series of the Type 2 is the generation of the venerable Type 2, in the 1980 model year. It is known as the Vanagon in the North market and as just the Transporter or throughout the rest of the world. In the UK. it is commonly known as the “T25”. nicknames for the T3, especially in Europe. are or “Brick”, both because of its and/or brick designed It was the last of the rear engined

Q. What years were the offered?

Production of the Vanagon place between the 1980 and model years, with a production of 4WD Syncro models in South African production were made until

Q. Why the radical change in design of the new

While the Vanagon was not the first refined design of the Type 2, it was the almost all computer-aided-design (CAD) of the showing a complete re-creation of the Designers were able to a vehicle with nearly a weight distribution with the tank towards the front and and the engine in the rear for better comfort and handling. For it’s it was truly remarkable in van design, true to the nature of Type 2s, it remained underpowered, even the advent of the water cooled introduced in late 1983.

Q. engines were used in the

For the North American market, the through Early 1983 year, the 2000cc engine used in the 76-79 T2 Type 2 Window), was used. While for the weight of the T2 Type 2, it never to be an adequate powerplant for the heavier especially in the even heavier Campmobile configuration. In January a gasoline water cooled (known as the 1.9 Wasserboxer [or WaterBoxer] was introduced not only to address the ever tightening emission concerns, but to meet noise in Europe, primarily in the Swiss to keep engine noise to a in preventing an avalanche in these areas. In the 1986 model the displacement of the Wasserboxer was increased to 2.1 to increase torque and add a few horsepower. in the 1981 model year, a

1.6 Litre Diesel Inline 4 engine was introduced, but was only in the USA until the 1983 model while being offered in the world.

Q. Were Camper versions offered on the Vanagon?

The Vanagon Campmobile reached its zenith in appointments with modern RV such as a state of the art (at the time) refrigerator (12v, LP Gas 110VAC), tank and city water system with sink and water connections and a LP Stove two burners, all US Federal certified for RV The Pop-top still had the full-sized, bed as well as the rear seat folded out into a bed as well. sub-models of the Campmobile were equipped with dual systems to increase the convenience of the 12 volt electrical accessories.

Q. of the Battery. where is it located on a

The battery is located underneath the passenger seat in a dedicated box the seat pedestal. On select models, the second (or “house”) was located under the driver’s in a similarly designed box.

Q. was Power Steering available on the

Power Steering was introduced as an in the 1984 model year and became standard equipment in the 1986 model year.

Q. Was really a 4 Wheel Drive

In the 1986 model year, the Syncro was introduced offering a 4WD experience thru a driveshaft and a coupler”. European market were equipped with a and rear pneumatically operated locks to improve traction. were not normally fitted to Syncros due to fears over liability. The final assembly of the took place at the Steyr-Daimler-Puch facility (now known as Steyr) in Graz. Austria. the 1986 model year the 1992 model year. Due to its limited production numbers, it is one of the sought after models, in the Westfalia Campmobile configuration. a Vanagon Syncro Westfalia is being at the “top of the mountain” the TriStar Syncro Double Cab perhaps a close second,) Vanagon enthusiasts.

Q. What is a TriStar?

‘TriStar’ was the name for the four-door Double cab Most were Syncros, and had many options (The package itself was extremely No TriStars were imported to the Eighteen were imported to with one destroyed during Needless to say, they’re rare and expensive in North .

Vanagons (under the Transporter or moniker) were produced in Africa with a slightly body (larger side different ventilation, less above the engine,) with injected inline 4 and 5 cylinder and new equipment packages. South production was halted in 2002.

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