If you're the kind of person who wants to live in a van down by the river...in Botswana, then this might just be your vehicle. The Westfalia is almost overland ready straight from the factory, it has a kitchen and a fold out out bed so you're comfortable nearly anywhere. This "Westy" as they're called has a distinct advantage over the other models on the market right now—it has a TDI engine out of a VW Jetta, so it has more power, and most importantly the engine produces significantly better fuel economy numbers. The Vanagon is incredibly easy to repair, and parts are available nearly everywhere in the world.
Here's what the seller has to say about the vehicle:
1987 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia TDI.
This Vanagon Westfalia is in great condition and runs well.
Recently installed rebuilt vw turbo diesel TDI engine and rebuilt transmission. This engine conversion replaced the 2.1L waterboxer engine. The engine was installed at 133,980 miles. The body has 147,800 miles on it currently. Roughly 14k on the rebuilt tdi engine. Gets around 24-30mpg depending on driving conditions. The 16" AT Italia alloy wheels and Nokian WRC 215/65 tires make the van handle outstandingly. They have a load rating of 109/107 T. This tire has a very strong sidewall, making the tire an outstanding fit on a top heavy vehicle. It also has stiffer thicker springs added that make the van sit about 1" higher and handle much better.
The engine and Transmission.
1998 VW Jetta TDI Engine is an electronically managed engine. It has an ECU and the engine is throttled by wire to the accelerator pedal. This engine can be checked by a computer engine diagnostic program from an OBD II port located in the front of the van.
The transmission has been rebuilt with a different 3rd and 4th gear to make the van cruise faster on the highway with a lower engine speed. 3rd gear ratio is 1.14 and 4th gear ratio .70. I felt that these gears were adequate ratios to the stock tdi engine. This engine is an AHU 1.9L and has been kept stock in terms of performance. It has 90 horsepower and 150 foot pounds of torque stock.
Some of the new/rebuilt parts that were installed/replaced with the engine conversion.
- Rebuilt Bosch starter
-4-Rebuilt Bosch Fuel Injectors
-New Interstate Battery
-Heavy Duty Vanagon Clutch Disc
-Jetta Pressure Plate
-Stock TDI Turbo. Borg-Warner.
-New water pump
For more information on the engine rebuild and what was done, feel free to contact me and I will provide more info.
The van has certainly been tested. I just got back from a cross country trip from Pennsylvania to Oregon and California, then back. I wouldn't hesitate to drive it across the country if you are wondering about that.
Westfalia Camper Section- Both tables for the camper section are present just not pictured. All the screens and curtains are with the van. I am not sure if the fridge is working on propane. I haven't tested it in a while. The fridge was working on electric when I tested it it. The stove works.
The EGR, or exhaust gas recirculation valve, which is integrated into the intake manifold is not functioning and is currently disconnected. The tachometer is also intermittently working. The air conditioning has also not been connected. This vehicle does not have cruise control. It could with some wiring. The wiring to the cruise control has been made easily accessible. The pop top is in okay shape and has been taped in a couple spots. The paint is original and has minor dings and light scratches from use. There are a couple little spots of rust but most of it has been taken care of with a rust converter or inhibitor.
$19,995. The engine conversion and transmission work alone could run you $15K and up at a good shop.
Please contact me and we can go over any questions or concerns about payment, possible shipping, pick up or test driving.
Thank you for looking.