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1985 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon

Condition: Used
Make: Volkswagen
Model: Bus/Vanagon
Type: Van Camper
Year: 1985
Mileage: 150,000
VIN: WV2ZB0253FH003187
Color: Tan
Cylinders: 4
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Automatic
Drive type: RWD
Drive side: Left-hand drive
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
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Description for Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon 1985

A clean and reliable vehicle in good condition, that has spent most of it’s life in garage or California. The past 3 years has been low mileage use. It has CA registration, but is currently in New England. I no longer have the time to maintain (or even use) this bus.


  • 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon Westfalia with pop-top
  • Full camper sleeps four
  • 2 burner propane cooktop
  • Sink & faucet with holding tank & water pump
  • Fridge runs on propane, battery or electric hook up
  • Yakima Roof Rack with keys


  • The reliable Subaru EJ2.2 engine conversion: 1992 Subaru Legacy engine, 130hp, lifetime engine mileage is about 90,000
  • Kennedy Engineering Package: Catalytic Converter/Stainless Steel Exhaust/Muffler (new 2013)
  • Fuel tank reseal and upgrades (2013)
  • Automatic transmission (2014 rebuild from GoWesty)
  • New ball joints (2015)
  • Recent engine maintenance: valve cover gasket, crankshaft front seals, timing kit, water pump, belts (2016)

Accessories and Interior

  • Auxiliary Battery Kit and alternator (2013)
  • New propane tank: larger 3.3 gallon, D.O.T compliant, skid plate (new 2015)
  • Upgraded headlight system: Hella H4 lenses, 80/100W high-power bulbs (new 2016 from GoWesty)
  • Additional (third) brake light (new 2016 from GoWesty)
  • “No flop” side-view mirrors (new 2016)
  • New lap seat belt for driver’s side rear seat (all new hardware 2016)
  • New 3-point retracting seat belt for passenger’s side rear seat (all new hardware 2016)

This classic 32 year old vehicle runs great, but has a few issues. The sliding door and the lower rear body panel behind it, are unfortunately dented and chipped. The rest of the body is near perfect, despite some rust. It is in need of two new tires, and probably an front-end alignment. A new sealed lead acid deep cycle battery is needed for the auxiliary system (supplies power when the vehicle is off). You might want to replace the pop-top tent. The speedometer needle is “jumpy” especially at lower speeds.

I have maintenance records, and complete documentation of the mechanical changes. Willing to consider transporting to you. I’m putting it on the market at a lower price initially, however as I fix some of the issues I will be raising the price.