Your experience with VW's is apparent if you really think you can compare the heat in an air cooled vw versus a water cooled VW. I have owned over 20 split window busses and at least 5 of those have had heating systems in top notch perfect working order. You are right that in most cases the heat is pretty good, but try driving in 15 degree weather for any amount of time. No matter how big of hill you are climbing there is not enough engine heat to keep the cab warm. The other good one is driving up to the mountains all toasty and warm as you climb up. Then after skiing for 8hrs you come back down, the air cooled heater won't catch up until about the time you get back to town, leaving you scraping your windshield by hand. Not exactly safe in treachorous winter driving conditions. I love the splitties, they are as cool as you can get, but they don't compare to the later vans when comfort and safety are involved. I have two small kids to think about now, and it would be selfish of me to make them deal with my obsession. So right now I drive Vanagons, but some day I will have a pre 1960 double door panel with a Porsche Boxster motor and 6 spd tranny. Maybe after the girls go to college. By the way I don't think anyone here started out insulting your ride.