I noticed the advertisement for the new VW van. It looks pretty impressive. I tried to get some info on it. I just might try to buy one, as long as the price isn’t too high. The problem is that I don’t know how expensive it will be.
I had one of the old vans. My wife and I really liked it. Unfortunately, I could not afford to rebuild the engine every other year. Also, the heater left a lot to be desired. Even in southern California weather, the heater was very deficient. it was worse when I went up to Big Bear Lake where we about froze.
I must admit, though, it handled the snow very well. I drove through 8 and 9-inch snow with ease. I was a little scared that we would get stuck, but the van just kept right on going.
Also, I must put a good word in for the dealership in Alburqurque. While traveling, we drove into the dealership at 4:45 PM with a bad coil and left at 5:30 with a good one. Never figured on that. And, by the way, the price was reasonable too.
If I had one more complaint, there was no A/C. If there was, I suspect the engine would have carried the load. Push come to shove, the one fault the vehicle had was an undersized engine.
I knew a guy that put a Porche engine in one. The engine hung out the back, but he said he had no lack for power. Still, I imagine keeping the cabin warm was difficult.
I have often wondered why VW never really attacked the power/heat problem. I don’t know. maybe this one will.
At any rate, when they release the electric version, I will take a serious look at it, especially if they can keep the price around 30 K. If they can come up with some solutions for battery charging problems, I will definately take a serious look. If the dumb politicians keep talking of increasing the gas taxes, the sales contract is as good as signed.