1985 Volkswagen Vanagon GL 1.9 Waterboxer Manual Hard Top Daily Driver OLDbutFUN

Price: - Item location: Durham, North Carolina, United States
  • Condition: Used
  • Make: Volkswagen
  • Model: Bus/Vanagon
  • Trim: GL
  • Year: 1985
  • Mileage: 154846
  • VIN: Wv2yb025xfh041348
  • Color: Silver
  • Engine size: 1.9L Flat 4
  • Number of cylinders: 4
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Manual
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Blue
  • Vehicle Title: Clear
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1985 Volkswagen Bus/Vanagon GL

This is my 1985 Volkswagen Vanagon GL. This car is currently registered and insured, and I drive it regularly. It's a running, driving car with some issue and some upgrades which I will do my best to fully explain.
First of all, here are all the issues I am aware of:-Numerous dents, cracking, slight rust at the seams of some panels. The most egregious flaws in the paint and body are all photographed in a truthful light so no one is surprised!-A crack in the windscreen, running diagonally across the driver's half of the glass. This may be a problem for inspection in some states, but it passed state inspection here in NC.-The A/C does not operate, and there is no compressor. The lines are still present, and the separate blower unit on the ceiling operates normally, but provides no conditioned air.-The power steering belt is off the car, and I have never tried to address or diagnose the system. It has no power steering.-The emergency brake works to hold the vehicle in place, but is not extremely positive or strong-The instrument cluster has a bulb out.-There is an aftermarket radio present, but no speakers, so there is currently no working radio.-The front and rear windscreen washers do not work.-The interior is generally a little tired, but not stinky or threaded. I have a blue area rug on the rear floor that looks nice and covers up the holes from the missing middle bench seat, and I will include a pair of nicer gray front door panels than the warped, faded ones on the car.
-The tires are more than 10 years old, and have some dry cracking in the sidewalls. They have held pressure for the past several years, so I haven't replaced them yet. For a long range, out-of-state trip, I would replace the tires.
-THE ODOMETER IS INOPERABLE. I can NOT guarantee the mileage on this vehicle. I know the previous owner, and believe the mileage to be approximately 170,000 miles or less.
Sheesh! Sounds like a lot, but this is a European car that's more than 30 years old. I'd rather scare away a potential buyer than misrepresent the van! Anyway, here's the good news:
-The headlights are upgraded to non-sealed lamps with replaceable, high output H3 bulbs with an aftermarket twin relay setup from a Vanagon specialist.-The starter solenoid circuit has been upgraded with an aftermarket load reduction relay from a Vanagon specialist.
-The fuel tank has been cleaned and resealed, a common service item for these vans around this age. New crossover pipe grommets and hoses were installed, as well as a new fuel filter.-The van has the optional rear "z-bed" which allows the rear bench seat to slide forward and lay flat. With the cushion in the trunk, this allows for a nearly full size double bed area for sleeping.-The front ball joints have been replaced, and there are Bilstein HD shocks at the front wheels as well.-The engine oil, transaxle oil, fan belt, and spark plugs are all less than 1000 miles old.-The top end of the engine was rebuilt by a local technician about 8 years ago, to address the common head gasket weeping issue these engines have. I have no receipts, but the proof is in the fact that the head gaskets do not weep!
Please ask any questions before bidding. I'll be happy to add pictures of specific areas of the car, or show the car in person before bidding if desired. Thank you for looking!