View original topic: 2.1L GoWesty ECU upgrade?
pushkick Sat Nov 14, 2020 4:27 pm

what is the status of the gowesty new engine
Management system? Would you recommend the system? How easy to switch? Does it improve gas milage or reliability? Any problems?

Corwyn Sun Nov 15, 2020 11:25 am

I admire GW's investment in R&D to keep these beasts on the road. That being said, their engine management is expensive and commits you to a VW flat-four. Though a workhorse in it's day, the engine today has dismal statistics for mileage, power and oil consumption.

I replaced my engine with a FAS Gen V.

Just my opinion, having gone through three VW flat fours; none of which lasted more than four years. Granted, I put a LOT of miles on each . . .

pushkick Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:15 pm

After looking at your suggestion i think that
Is a very expensive solution that i can not afford.
3000 vs 12000+. Why did you not install a subaru engine or a larger gw engine? There is even a shop that will convert to a tesla motor.

Corwyn Mon Nov 16, 2020 1:28 pm

My last engine was a GW 2.45. Lasted four years. I wanted to have it German from front to back. Not being an engine mechanic, I saw a lot of complications with a Japanese engine in a German vehicle. The Subaru is a great engine, but the interface has to be done right and still there are follow-up issues. Worst case, I can drive mine to a VW dealer. The FAS Gen V is the same engine that VW has been putting in the Beetle and Jetta since 2002. Parts availability is a plus also.

I tried three times to keep a flat-four in my van, but it seems the aftermarket support is like a crack dealer: keep that engine, you're gonna need our parts.

I was looking at the LAST engine I'd have to install. The long game was more expensive.

pushkick Mon Nov 16, 2020 3:59 pm

I cant even get my vanagon worked on at a vw shop/dealer and i havent been able to find anyone to work on the body either.

MarkWard Mon Nov 16, 2020 4:04 pm

I donít have it bookmarked, but there was a pretty comprehensive thread discussing a members install and experience. Maybe someone can link it for you.

MayorMcCheese Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:10 am

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