Found on Craigslist: Subagon edition


A what??


A Subagon.  From their website:

Our Subaru Vanagon conversions consist of top quality Volkswagon Vanagons, Syncros, Westfalias, Transporter Single Cabs and Double Cabs mated with the ultimate in reliable engines, the 230 HP Subaru SVX.

 Yep, they yank the sexy 3.3 liter H6 out of the not-at-all-sexy SVX and plop it into one of VW’s infamous forward-control vans.  And not cheaply either, this uber-clean example has an asking price of $39k.


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Find it here on Craigslist and also on the Subagon site

28 Comments

  1. GAH!!!! MY EYES!!! Yet, I want one. Hmmmm. Stance is pretty high, stiff wind and a sharp corner, tippy tip tip…I would love to drive one of these regardless. The speed would absolutely be amazing, all things considered.

  2. I hope to God they don't use the transmission from the SVX – it rivals the Mopar minivans for mileage-to-rebuild ratio.

    1. I've heard that about the Chrysler minivan trannies but it belies my wife's family's experience. 7 in total, having covered at least 900K miles (probably much more) with only one failure. That was on the oldest of them at about 190K miles. To me, this proves two things:
      1) Chrysler minivan transmissions get a bum rap, and
      2) My in-laws have crappy taste in cars.

      1. I currently have three Dodge minivans, combined in the neighborhood of 700k miles. Not a bum tranny in sight.
        They have stolen my automotive soul, though, that's why I hang out here – I'm hoping to see it float by and attempt to nab it.

    2. This is the first I've heard of bum trannies in Chrysler minivans. Way back when they first came out, we had one at work for ferrying people around. We ran the hell out of that thing and it went for sale at 90K miles without a blip. The new owner had it for another 80K before someone t-boned it in the parking lot.
      Now that Reliant..literally dropped pieces off as we drove it from the dealer. The dashpad came off at the first stop light..the right rear wheel as we got back to the office. The windshield wipers would fly off the car like a clay pigeon off the throw if you moved them to the high setting. That car lasted 1 month in the fleet.

  3. I do not approve of the SVX destruction, as I am a fan. That said, I dig this thing, and must raise a cup to its awesomeness. I am not on board with the butt fugly 2-tone seats, and would rather see a more camptastic interior, but this is a pretty damn cool idea. At $39k, though, the guy's more than slightly delusional.

    1. Was wondering the same thing. Subaru currently drops a perfectly serviceable H6 in the Legacy 3.6R and Tribeca which is both lighter and smaller than the EG33.

  4. This is one of the most overpriced milswapenstiens I've ever see on the 'Verse.
    And yet, if I had a lot of extra scratch, I'd totally buy it.
    Awesome.

  5. For $39k I could find a clean 2WD Westfalia diesel, drop in a 2.0L common rail TDI/6-speed, and have about $20k leftover to spend on food, fuel, campground reservations, and oh yeah, another project.
    Nose Candy Vessel!

  6. Crack pipe.
    I like VW vans as much as the next guy, but Westies are way overpriced.
    For $40K, you can get a nice Sportsmobile van with a Quigley 4×4 conversion. Unlike in the VW van, you'll actually have space to move around.

  7. Awesome idea. I'm not a van fan but I would drive this. As other have mentioned the interior could be redone in a single color or something less awful.
    As for price, it is about $28,999 into "That's too much!".

  8. I like Vanagons. I like Syncros even more. The Westie top gets me excited. It has those teardrops I always wanted for snow tires on my Mk II Jetta. Ohhh, powered by a Subaru? It is just too bad that black box image bug didn't happen on this post. The colors are not good. Neither is the price but maybe these just really hold their value well. I know there is a healthy enthusiast crowd. I found another 1991 Vanagon Syncro (with newish engine) listed for $44k locally. There is a 1987 edition on ebay for about $15k.

    1. The wheel lug pattern is the same as the late 80's Mercedes E300's. In Portland, it is common to see Syncros with a Mercedes logo gracing all four corners (and multiple Vanagons on the same block in some spots, even).

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