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Volkswagen Vanagon Problems

RepairPal has identified the most common problems with the Volkswagen Vanagon based on complaints from 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

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

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.

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

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

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.