My main project vehicle is an '85 VW Westfalia (camper van) so I'm too familiar with german design (albeit 27yrs old - haha)
Of course I installed Subaru engine ('92 EJ22) - the stock Vanagon motor left much to be desired.... especially here at altitude
The body is still super tight though. Still pops your ears when the door is closed. Germans really do chassis design very well.