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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 6:46 pm    Post subject: Does automatic tranny=automatic heartbreak? Reply with quote

Who knew you guys would be so good at counseling? Now a more mechanical question:

What experience and/or opinions do people have about automatic transmissions in Westy's? I have read a few ads from people who claim that they have never had any problems. That from people trying to sell... My gut says that the standard transmission would be easier to manage in the long run. Your thoughts?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:33 pm    Post subject: Auto- RAD - ic Reply with quote

I have an '85 auto Vanagon and it's just fine. Actually, I dig it alot - first automatic VW of any kind for me, and the 3-speed auto is actually pretty darn great. The 1.9 liter engine is gutless anyways, but at least the damn thing shifts all by itself!
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:39 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

You think the 1.9 coupled to an automatic is slow, you should try my 2.0l air cooled... but like you said, at least it shifts on its own. I'm to pick up my newest Vanagon next weekend which happens to be a 1.9 with an automatic Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I found an 87 auto Westy with only 27,000 miles! The price reflects that but doesn't put it out of consideration. Am I right that these are rare? (The trannies, not 87's with 27k:!Smile How about the availability of parts/replacements?
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 7:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I have owned three auto Westys (73, 79 and 84) and have never had a problem. One thing to be sure of on the autos is that there are no vac leaks. They are more expensive to fix if something does go wrong, but you will wear out a few clutches on a standard before burning up your trany. Keep the filters fresh, and ATF full. Also, there is something very "Go-Karty" about a Westfalia auto that makes it fun to drive.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 05, 2005 10:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

The auto tranny is pretty tough. I've got an 86 auto with no problems even though it's got an extra 47 or so horsepower from this Subaru.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 4:00 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I've got a 81 Vanagon Air-cooled and Auto Trans. Country Homes Camper Conversion.(Maybe heavier than a Westy)
Not the first to leave the red light but never left me sitting there either. Like anything mechanical, good preventive maintenance is the first step in longevity. The automatic is the only way for me due to a injury while in the Army and I have no complaints with mine.
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 06, 2005 9:22 pm    Post subject: Automatic Reply with quote

I have had a couple of mechanics say they are not fond of them, and that they are very expensive to replace/rebuild. But, from folks who have had them, they all say they are pretty bulllet proof. I agree with previous posts, the maintenance must be the key. I think really the only down side is that a 4 speed rather than 3 would have been nice.
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 1:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yup....got my heart and wallet broken this morning on the way to work. I stopped at a school zone to wait for the kiddies to cross and when I hit the accelerator.........nothing. She had been slipping for a few days though and I guess the fluid change finally pushed her over the edge. I've been told that the auto trans is a tough unit but mine gave up the ghost at 109k. I guess it depends on how the PO treated it but just how would you know that?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:27 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, I hope I haven't just signed up for the broken hearts club by buying an 87 Westy auto. It only has 27k original miles and has apparently been babied--regular fluid changes, indoor storage. I'm driving it up from FL in May. I can't wait!
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 3:36 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

an 87 with only 27,000 on it ? wow.....mind telling how much you paid?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 14, 2005 5:37 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Very Happy I would suggest adding 100,000 to that... Twisted Evil
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PostPosted: Wed Apr 20, 2005 3:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

grunwin wrote:
Well, I hope I haven't just signed up for the broken hearts club by buying an 87 Westy auto. It only has 27k original miles and has apparently been babied--regular fluid changes, indoor storage. I'm driving it up from FL in May. I can't wait!

Same here (except I'm leaving ~ the 27th) I'm leaving from the Orlando area to Watertown, NY
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