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Do Vanagon motors have a future?
5-21-2012
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My 91 Westy Syncro has 240,000 km (I am in Canada). I know its history-all local, good owners. We have had it for 2 seasons now and done some good trips - Baja, Haida Gwai, BC Interior. The Westy is stored in an unheated garage and motor is run monthly over the winter. I have noted that on our trips the motor does use oil although no drips or blue clouds - probably a litre every 3 fill ups. There have been a couple of good blue smoke moment, one or 2 at the beginning of each season but it goes away quickly and runs clean with good power. This year after getting it on the road and doing an oil change again a few more good blue puffs happened.

I am thinking it is just plain & simple time to bite the bullet and get a new motor or rebuild this one. When I spoke to my mechanic who has done literally hundreds of Vanagon rebuilds he is reluctant now to do more - the issue is parts quality, seals especially. The original parts are just not made any more and what is available doesn't seem to be as good. Oil leaks after a rebuild are more common than not.

So what do I do - new motors are not made and rebuilds are iffy. Is a conversion to a Subaru motor the answer. Performance is not the issue - I just want to protect my investment in the Westy with something dependable.

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