Volkswagen Vanagon
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Make: Volkswagen
Model: Vanagon
Volkswagen Vanagon

The Volkswagen Type 2, which was also known as the Vanagon in the United States, and as the Transporter or the Caravelle in Europe, was built from 1980 until 1991. The model was also known by some in Britain and Ireland as the T25. This sadly was the last of the rear-engined Volkswagens. In relation to its predecessor, the Microbus, the Vanagon was larger and heavier and had square corners. With the engine and transaxle mounted very low in the back, the Vanagon had much larger disc brakes in the front, and drums in the rear. However, unlike the Microbus, the Vanagon was offered with amenities such as power steering, air conditioning, power door locks, electrically controlled and heated mirrors, lighted vanity mirrors and a light above the glove box. Anyhow, the Vanagon's air conditioning was, rather un-conventionally, the hanging type, which means all of the components of the air conditioning system are hanging from the ceiling. This of course did not exactly scream classy. Not to mention, the air conditioning housings are infamous for cracking and falling down after the vehicle has gotten older. This no doubt led to recalls to address the problem. Beginning in 1986, there was thankfully an improved air conditioning system that did not suffer from cracking housings, and it also did a better job of cooling the interior of the van on hot days. The latter system had a plastic duct that ran the length of the vehicle in the center with adjustable blow vents at set intervals. This was in contrast to the previous notion of cooling the entire rear section via a single set of outlets above and behind the front seats. In the front of the model, the controls are above the sun visors. Not to mention, the air conditioning ductwork for the later years was much more attractive in color. The newly gray color tubing held its color better than the beige.

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