I have owned two Eurovans and two Vanagons and the VR6 is the best driving car of them all. It has an awesome engine, though more thirsty than the 5-cylinder version and much more powerful. It is a very comfortable highway cruiser especially for hauling the family and dog to the cottage every weekend. It is the most popular car at rainy day soccer games, with kids inside at the table and under the huge rear hatch. The rear seating is such that kids interact more and play cards at the table instead of Game Boys. Maintenance has been reasonable and been limited to the expected parts that wear-out. Since being off warranty, we've used experienced VW mechanics, but not the dealership.
Love the rear platform - the dog goes on top and groceries etc go under the platform, meaning no cramping inside the cabin. Timeless Euro-styling, excellent paint quality and interior fabric. With a bit of elbow grease, these older vans can be made to look brand new.
Adjustable seat height or adjustable pedals. My wife is too short to reach pedals and can't place heel on floor when depressing gas pedal making it tiring for her to hold her foot on the gas. Re-design the rear-facing seat release latch. Mis-placed cargo can easily trigger the lever.
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