So... ive been really interested in buying a mid 80s vanagon. Im a huge LOST fan and wanna have my own blue dharma van lol, but have a few questions about the vanagon. I figured there has got to be some experts on vortex lol. Most of the westfalias that I have seen are manual. Im looking at either an 82 or 83. I like their body style the best I think. One of my big questions is did they ever make an automatic? How crappy were their engines and transmissions? Ive heard that they are super simple to have rebuilt or replaced. Also was curious what type of upgraded trannys and engines would work in it and are they gonna cost me alot of $$$$. Im honestly looking for any overall comments on the vanagon. Thx for any info!