1990 Volkswagen Vanagon Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the 1990 Volkswagen Vanagon as reported by actual vehicle owners. We'll tell you what the problem is and what it'll take to fix it.

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Known Problems
Extensive transmission damage can occur in some of the automatic transmission models when the transmission oil cooler fails and allows coolant to mix with the automatic transmission fluid.

Aging plastic components in the cooling system—including the connecting pipes to the radiator—can fail unexpectedly.

Air flow, oxygen, and coolant sensor failure is common.

Leaking cylinder head O-rings and/or porous cylinder heads can cause coolant loss and engine overheating. A porous cylinder will require replacement.

Reverse gear failures and noise in the manual transmission models are common.