1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia Diesel rare and in great condition

1982 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon Westfalia

Condition: Used
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Bus/Vanagon
SubModel: Westfalia
Year: 1982
Mileage: 132,298
VIN: WV2ZG0258CH112662
Color: Brown
Fuel: Diesel
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: Manual
Interior color: Brown
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Los Alamos, New Mexico, United States
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1982 Volkswagen Vanagon Diesel Westfalia


This is a beautiful and rare Volkswagen. The diesel Westfalia was only imported to the US for about a year. As you can see in the pictures, t is in very good shape, nd it also runs great. This is the full camper version with a stove, ink, nd refrigerator and plenty of cabinets. The rear seat folds down to make a bed and a second bed unfolds once the top is up. The front right seat swivels to face the rear seat so that you can get chummy with your fellow campers.


I have owned this vehicle for almost 8 years. The previous owner made a couple of upgrades including an 86 Volkswagen Golf engine and a transmission from an 84 Vanagon. The engine had an almost complete rebuild (piston rings, od bearings, alve shims, iming belt and tensioner, ater pump, low plugs, njectors, ead gasket, nd all other seals and gaskets), as about 13,000 miles since the rebuild, nd runs great. The 86 Golf engine is almost identical to the original except that hydraulic lifters were used instead of solid lifters. The transmission swap is popular for these diesels because the original transmissions were geared very low. This transmission has higher gears making cruising on the highway much more pleasant. The upgrade that I made was to get the fuel injector rebuilt with gaskets that are compatible with whatever is in the newer diesel fuel. I have also had the CV joints replaced, new radiator installed, nd added a new starter.


The body is in remarkable condition for a 33 year old vehicle. I have taken close up pictures of a couple of flaws. One is that there must have been some work done on the rear left corner as a crack has developed as shown in the photo. The other is a couple of small rust spots under the rear window that the previous owner had repaired. In the eight years that I have owned the vehicle, hey haven't changed so I think they are stable. The original interior is in excellent condition other than two thin spots on either side of the driver's seat, ictured. The clock doesn't work and the gas struts that hold up the rear tailgate door need to be replaced unless you don't mind using a stick like I have been doing.


The previous owner stated that the mileage is close to correct. It may have gotten a few miles while some work was done behind the instrument cluster. The camping gear all works except that the refrigerator is difficult to light in the LP mode. It is a three way frig and will operate on 120 volts while camping, 2 volts while on the road, nd on LP when 120 volts is not available. We are at 6500 feet altitude and it might light easier at a lower altitude, ut probably needs to be cleaned. The camper includes the original bug screens and two swivel tables. The canvas is in good condition with one small hole that has been patched.


The tires are decent although old. The van goes down the road smooth and straight. The steering is tight and the brakes are solid and responsive. If you are interested in one of these vans and are not familiar with them, now that you will not win any races. They were not built for speed and are happiest going down the highway at 55. They were built for good fuel mileage (I got better than 30 mpg on the road), eliability, nd a lot of fun and inexpensive camping and traveling.


It has a clear New Mexico title. A $1000 down payment is due within 24 hours after the completion of the auction, ayPal is preferred. Full payment is due within 7 days after completion of the auction, ith the money in my bank account before I sign over the title and release the vehicle.