The Subaru Boxer diesel, first appearing in 2008, is a twin-cam, four-cylinder displacing 2.0L. It feeds off a common-rail fuel-delivery system and breathes via 16 valves and a variable-nozzle turbo. Output is 145 hp at 3600 rpm and a whopping 258 lb-ft of torque at just 1800 rpm.
Four chain-driven cams result in very low maintenance and compact power plant that fits perfectly in the Vanagon engine bay. Power delivery is smooth and even heavier Vanagons have no trouble with the steepest hills.
All the original troublesome Vanagon engine components are removed, including the engine management computer, fuel injection wiring harness, injectors, distributor, A/C compressor, alternator, exhaust header, etc. and replaced with Subaru components.
Vanagon optional items like cruise control and air conditioning can be refitted and remain completely functional.
A perfect match of the Subaru to the Vanagon with great ground clearance and an installation that looks like the factory might have built it. In other words, no compromises!
Report from a happy owner: "We did 2,111 miles round trip, with an average mpg of 27.4. The mpg varied quite a bit, between slower, island type driving, freeway speeds, tailwinds, and strong gusty headwinds... From 30.3 to 23.9. Overall, big success. My wife loves it!"
Boxer turbo nestled nicely into the Westy's engine bay!
The Vanagon can be more reliable! The engine starts quickly, idles so smooth and quiet you sometimes forget it's a diesel!
Lots of ground clearance under the Boxer with the custom alloy oil pan.
Here is a video of the Boxer in action.
If you're going to make it go, you've got to make it stop! Vented, larger diameter rotors with bigger calipers in the front and SmallCar designed vented disc brakes replace the original drum brakes in the rear. 16" wheels and performance tires complete the traction package.
The cost to install the Boxer Diesel into a Vanagon 2wd manual transmission or Syncro is $12,975 plus the cost of the engine.
2009 2.0T Test engine $6975
Before arrival of your Vanagon we generally get a deposit of approximately the engine cost to acquire and prepare the Subaru engine.
Upon delivery of your Vanagon for the installation, a 50% deposit is required with the balance due upon completion of the work.
There is a $15.00 per day storage fee after 5 days.
All new parts have a 6 months or 6,000 mile warranty. Used parts have a 30 day warranty. Extended warranties are available on request. If the vehicle cannot be returned to us for warranty service, repairs at another location should be authorized with us before the repairs are completed. Diagnosis is covered only if it is performed in our shop.