1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia TDI Camper w/ Peloquin TBD – Auction in Corvallis, OR

  
1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia TDI Camper w/ Peloquin TBD - Auction in Corvallis, OR

1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia TDI Camper w/ Peloquin TBD - Auction in Corvallis, OR

Here's a dream Westy that's been up for sale for a couple of weeks now, which has now gone to the eBay auction block with a starting bid of $29k. I saw this van for sale on craigslist a while back for $33k, so I'm guessing they're hoping for at least $30k.  The seller states that due to medical reasons they can no longer drive a stick shift, so with a heavy heart it's up for sale.  While many will balk at paying more than $30k for a 2wd Westy with 200k+ miles, I guarantee this seller is into this rig well north of $40k. What we've got here is a 1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a fresh 1.9L AHU electronic Turbo Diesel engine, regeared manual transmission, Peloquins torque biasing differential and 233k miles on the body. The seller went to the fullest extent to document this specimen, even including a full 14 minute walk though video on You Tube.  The VIN is provided ( WV2ZB0250MH001443 ) and the free eBay Auto Check report shows a clean title and what appear to be accurate odometer readings.

Some of the awesome interior amenities include a T49 Truck Fridge with a Propex H2 2000 profane heater mounted underneath. Noticeable other upgrades include 15" Carrat wheels w/ Nokian Tires, 2wd lift springs, Koni shocks, 3 window tent, 3 point seat belts on the rear bench seat, Jack Bombay pop top shocks, deep cycle battery & inverter set up, aftermarket power locks with remote and a cornucopia of other custom odds and ends.

eTDIs are a rare breed, when compared to mTDIs or just plain naturally aspirated diesels. When done right (this one was done by the professionals at Grease Works), an AHU TDI is one of the best engine options for a Westy.  You'll get considerably more horsepower and torque than a stock gas engine, plus you'll average well north of 25mpg.  The Peloquins is an amazing planetary gear added to the to 2wd that transfers power to the wheel with the most grip, kind of like AWD for 2wd, or the ESP feature on newer VWs.

What do you think it's worth? Let us know you thoughts in the comments below, or head on over the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your wisdom there. eBay Auction - Craigslist Ad - The Samba Ad

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1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auto – 97k Miles – Auction in Dayton, OH

  
1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auto - 97k Miles - Auction in Dayton, OH

1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auto - 97k Miles - Auction in Dayton, OH

I've been communicating with this seller a bit over the past couple of weeks, and she's decided to put her nice Westy "Zeke" up for auction on eBay, as they've moved to Costa Rica and left Zeke in the states.  This three owner specimen is a 1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with only 97k original miles, stock 2.1L engine and stock automatic transmission.  The VIN is provided ( WV2ZB0254JH068008 ), as well as a free Auto Check report from eBay, which shows a clean title and a high likelihood of accurate mileage. You could also back it up with Car Fax report to double check, though you'll likely get the same answers.  To my recommendations, the seller included a larger photo set on Google Plus, as well as a YouTube video of it running (though the settings are private for some reason, I've asked her to change the settings).  The auction ends on Memorial Day, Monday May 25th at 2:51pm. eBay Link

According to the details provided and pictures, it has the stock A/C, but no mention of how cold it blows.  It also has cruise control and a few power options as well. I like this Westy, and I have a good feeling the seller is honest about its condition.  While it has had body work in the kitchen panel area (looks like it was cut out and welded a nice piece in) the photos of the undercarriage look decent and overall it shows pretty well. She didn't mention how well or whether or not the propane or kitchen appliances work, so I'm contacting her with a few more questions and maybe she'll respond in the comments below.

I'm curious to see what this sells for, as I'm guessing it will go for thousands less than it would on the West Coast, as the midwest doesn't seem to pony up the same cash as those in the Rockies or nearer the Pacific. Where do you think the highest bid will top out?  Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you banter there.… Read More About This Westy

 

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Multivan – $16k Los Angeles, CA

  
1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Multivan - $16k Los Angeles, CA

1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Multivan - $16k Los Angeles, CA

This van is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Multivan with unknown mileage, automatic transmission and a stock recently rebuilt 2.1L engine.  It appears to have it's original Orly Blue paint job, which is one of the more sought after varietals of the later model years.  While the seller did include the VIN ( WV2TB0254LH057700 ), aside from the pictures minimal unique details about this van were provided.  I'd suggest doing a CarFax report if you're serious about buying it. As far as the pictures, it appears to be fairly stock with the exception of the 15" or 16" wheels, the paint still shows well even in the shade, though the pop top coat looks a bit sun weathered.  There's a punch crack in the front bumper, but other than that the body looks sound.  No pictures of the pop top, the the seller mentions it has a tear in it.  Even if it has 300k miles on the body, the price is still attractive at only $16k for a late model Westy in Southern California. The Samba Link

In 1990 and 1991, the "Weekender" was replaced with the "Multivan", though they're still very similar.  It's always a trade off between the kitchen / no kitchen.  The main benefits of no kitchen are; more space, less rust, lower and more evenly distributed vehicle weight.

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Import! 1989 VW Vanagon Syncro 1.6L Turbo Diesel Westfalia High Top – Auction in Woodbridge, New Jersey

  
Import! 1989 VW Vanagon Syncro 1.6L Turbo Diesel Westfalia High

Import! 1989 VW Vanagon Syncro 1.6L Turbo Diesel Westfalia High Top - Auction in Woodbridge, New Jersey

While most of us has been eyeing this Westy for a while, since the auction is ending today I thought it was definitely worth a post, at least to log the VIN and the record of it being for sale.  This epic looking beast is a 1989 VW Vanagon Syncro 1.6L TDI High Top Westfalia Camper in red with all the fixins and then some, including the coveted Club Joker trim.  This rig is described as "expedition ready", and sure looks it.  eBay Link

While the 1.6L TDI doesn't boast much horsepower and tourque, you will get some darn good MPGs out of the deal. I'm guessing at least 25 HWY, even with a high top.  The syncro all wheel drive features both front and rear differential lockers, but not mention of a decoupler (disengages from the front wheel drive), which would be nice to have especially considering it only has a 1.6L engine.

Among the list of awesome features and upgrades include a programmable propane heater, an 8,000BTU Haier A/C unit (does take up some storage space), new springs & shocks, front & rear skid plates and is said to have been rust proofed and undercoated since day one.  Keep in mind these factory high tops are insulated, so the propane heater and A/C will be well worth it on cold nights and hot days. The seller doesn't state how well or if all the kitchen appliances work, but I'm guessing they wouldn't let that slip by on a beautiful specimen like this.

This van is being sold by the importer who has recently been grabbing up a variety of syncros and other VWs from Europe, their Facebook page can be viewed here. While it was given a US VIN upon import, I don't think much can be done with it in terms of looking up a title history.  VIN ( WV2ZZZ25ZKG093825 ) The odometer reads 38,766 miles, however since it came from Europe, I'm not sure how this happened, considering every Vanagon overseas should have a KPH and Kilometers in the cluster.  Also, a note on the engine for CA residents, I'm not 100% sure this diesel is legit for CA smog, since it was never officially sold in the CA or US market in another vehicle. Maybe take the VIN to the DMV and check with them before trying to register it in your state.

With eight hours left on the auction it has already cleared the $40k mark, and it appears to have no reserve price.  Keep in mind especially with auto sales, the seller has a right to cancel or refuse transaction for any reason, so they … Read More About This Westy

 

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender – Automatic – $4,500 in Louisiana

  
1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - Automatic - $4,500 Slidell in Alabama

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - Automatic - $4,500 Slidell in Alabama

Happy Friday Westy hunters.  Anyone in the south east looking for a good deal?  This 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender just showed up on craigslist not far from New Orleans with an asking price of $4,500.  The listing states it comes with a 2.1L engine, though the 2.1L wasn't introduced until 1986.  Considering they state the mileage as 69,000, it may be what they estimate is on the engine, not what's on the odometer. The automatic transmission is generally less desirable with enthusiasts, though I think it makes these easier to drive for friends, family, etc.  The pictures show a well cared for, detailed and sorted Westy Weekender clean throughout with all original pieces and whatnots attached.  It looks like it may have been resprayed or treated around the rocker panels and lower seams. Air conditioning parts are all there, though the owner says it needs at least a recharge as they've never used it. This good looking rig has also recently seen the following upgrades; battery, clutch, pressure plate, throw out bearing, clutch slave, brake rotors / pads, rear wheel bearings, temperature sensors, all fuel injectors, fuel pressure regulator, timing adjusted, new gas filter, rotor, cap & plugs. Craigslist Link

If this van were for sale locally, or on the west coast, it would sell for more than double this in a day.  The south east?  We'll see. What do you think it's worth? Tell us in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this van on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google +.… Read More About This Westy

 

1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Huntington Beach, CA

  
1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Huntington Beach, CA

1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Huntington Beach, CA

This must have gone up as a 1 or 2 day auction as I don't recall seeing it, now with only 8 hours left on the clock, it's amassed 49 bids and is approaching $20k.  Available in Huntington Beach, California is this 1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a recently rebuilt 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission, new clutch and is said to have been religiously maintained by it's current and only owner for the past 113k miles. That's right, according to the details this is the first time this van has been for sale since it was sold new.  While there's no title report provided, the VIN ( WV2ZB0252KH020735 )was, so you can do a CarFar or similar report to get more of the behind the scenes info on this rig.  This van come with power windows, locks and mirrors and all are stated to be in working order, along with the fridge, stove, sinks and propane tank. It even has fully functioning A/C.  This auction ends today a 4pm PST, so better get your bids in soon!  eBay Link

This looks to a prime example of a later model Westy that's been well cared for over the years.  The photos show a rust free all stock unmolested Westy in almost showroom condition, with the only after market modifications I can see being the CD player and a newer three window tent canvas.  Add to the fact it's for sale in Southern California during the spring, and the price quickly goes up from there.  Expect this Westy auction to top out at above $23k.  What do you think it will sell for?  Let us know in the comments below, or head on over the individual posts about this van on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you peace there! eBay LinkRead More About This Westy

 

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Auction in Bellevue, WA Ends Soon!

  
1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction in Bellevue, WA Ends Soon!

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Auction in Bellevue, WA Ends Soon!

Feast your eyes on this clean and well sorted 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine with stock 4 speed manual transmission and 200k miles up for auction in Bellevue, Washington.  The current high bid is $15k, but the reserve has not been met.  I'm thinking they want at least $17k.

This rig originally was sold new Florida, then moved to California in 1994, found itself in Hawaii between 2007 and 2014, then made it's way back to the mainland for this auction. The free Car Fax report (VIN WV2ZB0252HH084234 )shows the odometer read 104k miles in March of 2009, and in only 6 years racked up 90k miles in Hawaii. That's a lot of driving. Maybe someone was living in it? Either way, this Westy appears to have been professionally maintained and detailed and has over 60 photos available.

There's no fridge, and the propane tank was removed and the stove now runs on green cans  are likely in working order. Over the past few years it has service records to show the following upgrades; outer cv boots, front and rear brakes, muffler, tie rod ends, wheels bearings, clutch, water pump, master and slave cylinder.

This is a prime example of how to detail, clean and document a Westy for sale. Clean as a whistle (look at the picture of underneath the bench seat), provided CarFax report, 60 professional photos... While the TDI motors folks do spam craigslist with too many keywords, they do know how to present their vehicles well.

What do you think it's worth?  Leave your peace in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and speak your mind or questions there! eBay LinkRead More About This Westy

 

1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper – $24k in Boulder, CO

  
1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper - $24k in Boulder, CO

1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper - $24k in Boulder, CO

BOOM! Here's a hot post for your Friday Westy hunt.  This specimen popped up on the Boulder, CO craigslist yesterday and is sure to be getting some views and offers over the weekend.  Check out this 1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock 4+low manual transmission, rear differential locker and estimated to be just under 200k miles on the chassis.  It's definitely rough around the edges and the seller does go a considerable distance to list various fixes and known issues, however mechanically it is represented as sound and recently passed smog.  In the past year it received significant drivetrain work including rebuilt transmission, new clutch, flywheel and shift rod receiver, new drive shaft, new rear right axle, new differential lock valve and some miscellaneous other fixes.  The seller mentions that the speedometer cable was broken and had to be replaced, so the mileage on the odometer is inaccurate.  Would love to get a VIN and see how close the records are to it's current stated mileage.

While the seller mentions it comes with refrigerator, sink and table, there's no mention of the stove or propane set up, or how well any of it works. If I was going to look at this syncro, I'd first get the VIN and do a CarFax check to dig into its history a bit, and also see if the estimated mileage is within reason.  I'd then be sure to check for rust in the kitchen seam under the RV hookups, as there's no pictures of this, and it is stated there is "seam rust". Next, I'd be sure to drive it for at least 15 minutes in stop and go traffic to see how hot it gets, ensuring the gauge doesn't get too far above the bubble.  Do some sharp turns U turns) and see if you hear any weirdness coming from underneath, or if you have ample to time experiment, check this out or read this forum thread.

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1989 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper – $29k in Santa Monica, CA

  
1989 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper - $29k in Santa Monica,

1989 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia Camper - $29k in Santa Monica, CA

Updated 5/15/15 at 7:42pm : See comments below post.  

This van is a 1989 VW Vanagon Syncro (AWD) Westfalia Camper with likely stock 2.1L engine, stock 4+low manual transmission, all power options and 155k undocumented miles. Overall, the pictures show a good condition syncro full of the seller stuff (a dolly? hockey stick? come on, selling a vehicle for $29k, clean it up a bit).  The main selling point?  It's a syncro camper for under $30k.  The biggest thing I'd worry about?  Getting the drive shaft re installed and the syncro working again.

While the seller does say the propane tank valve has a leak, there's no mention of whether or not, or how well any of the kitchen appliances function. They also state the passenger power window doesn't work. That's why I personally stray from any of the power locks and windows, but if you're a mechanic that knows how to work on these, then by all means it's a much more manageable task.  I think the '89s came standard with a rear differential locker, however I can't quite seen the knobs on the dash in the photos. There's no photos of the pop top canvas, so it's likely the original, and could be ready to be replaced. I'm not sure why some of the pictures were taken or altered with a filter, though I tried to clean a couple of them up a bit. Find it for sale in Santa Monica, California with an asking price of $29,290. Craigslist Link

Are you going to see this Westy? Would love to hear a first hand account.  If you've got thoughts to share, we love user comments so add your wisdom below, or head on over to the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and get your banter on there!

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1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.0L Tiico Engine – Auction in Denver, CO

  
1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.0L Tiico Engine - Auction in Denver, CO

1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.0L Tiico Engine - Auction in Denver, CO

Happy Monday Westy hunters!  Starting off as an eight day eBay auction yesterday, this 1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper comes with a 2.0L VW Jetta engine with the Tiico conversion (74k miles), stock manual transmission and 187k miles on the chassis. This three owner Westy lived in New Mexico until 2005, then moved to Colorado with it's current owners.  The free Auto Check report shows a relatively high score (32), clean title and the odometer is likely accurate.  The photo set looks spectacular as it's recently seen fresh paint and was obviously well detailed and cared for.

The seller states the sink, fridge, stove and propane all function properly, and that the fridge will even still run on propane. Other amenities and upgrades include a three window tent canvas, a full length awning, 15" wheels, brand new Goodyear tires, dual batteries + 800 watt inverter, matching storage box for above the cab, tow bar with 2" receiver (seller says they used to tow a motorcycle) and all screens and tables.

As someone who is 6'4", I've never found sleeping upstairs to be comfortable. While not pictured, the seller states they are also on the tall side and created a bed extension, something I did with a piece of plywood once but now I've misplaced it, mainly because sleeping downstairs has always been more comfortable.

There's a little bit of rust showing above the drivers side wheel well on the inside, but considering this van has only been registered in New Mexico and Colorado, it likely doesn't have many rust issues.  They did provide the VIN ( WV2ZB0252JH078309 ) so you can do some title check homework on your own if you'd like to verify the records found in the Auto Check report, maybe CarFax? Keep in mind it may prove difficult to register this Westy in California due to the engine conversion, though some Tiicos can pass smog when properly installed with all original components.

The auction ends on Monday, May 4th (star wars day) at 7pm PST.  What do you think the highest bid will be? I'm thinking at least $22k.  Let us know what you think in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you wisdom there. eBay LinkRead More About This Westy

 

1983 1/2 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $6,700 in Albuquerque, NM

  
1983 1/2 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $6,700 in Albuquerque, NM

1983 1/2 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $6,700 in Albuquerque, NM

This low priced Sunday find is a 1983.5 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper in white with a 2.0 Tiico Jetta engine conversion done in 2012, stock 4 speed manual transmission and unspecified mileage.  The seller states it's got a fresh pop top canvas, newer tires, all original curtains & screens, a blue tooth head unit and trailer hitch for your stuff(hopefully they only used it for a bike rack).  The fridge, sink and stove are all said to work, though the fridge not so well or at all on propane.

There's some obvious seam rust brewing in a couple of the photos, though it doesn't look outrageous.  This is definitely priced low if it runs & drives well without overheating or leaking. It is the very first year of the water cooled Vanagon, so make sure all the coolant lines and radiator have been upgraded at some point. No word on who performed the Tiico conversion, as these will be hard to pass with a California smog referee. Be sure to get the details if you're thinking of registering it in CA. Find it in Albuquerque, NM with an asking price of $6,700. Craigslist Link

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1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 104k miles – $22,500 in ???

  
1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 104k miles - $22,500 in ???

1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 104k miles - $22,500 in ???

Updated 4/25 at 1:48 pm - See seller comments below the post...

Happy Friday Westy hunters!  If you haven't seen this odd listing that popped up late last night on eBay, here's the scoop.  1991 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission and 104k miles.  According to the free Auto Check report on eBay, it was the victim of a minor accident in 2006 in Glendale, CA, but not details were provided.  The seller states it's the original paint, but if the accident was enough to land on the title history report, it's likely got some fresh paint somewhere. The VIN is ( WV2ZB0256LG122868 ) in case you want to do a Car Fax or similar title report to back in up.

Where is the Westy located?  It appears this seller wen to great lengths to hide their actual location, though it does state they will deliver it on the West Coast.  The title history shows it's lived in Southern California most of it's life. But come on, who does this? Not even a "available for pick up in Los Angeles area".  Maybe it belongs to Burt Reynolds or something... eBay Link

While this does look like a well cared for low mileage Westy Camper of final US vintage, you gotta chuckle at some of these quotes...

"You are VIEWING THE BEST 1991 Westfalia CAMPER selling here or anywhere"

Well, where in fact is "here"?

"Manual / (4) speed Manual / Hardest to find!!!"

ummm. I'd say more than half of the Westys I see for sale are manual.

"as it was the last year they were made"

They were made well after this, just not brought to the United States

It appears this is the fully loaded version with A/C, cruise, power locks, power mirrors, power windows.  While power stuff is nice, the windows and locks can be a huge pain if they break when you're on a trip in the middle of nowhere. The seller shares that it's received brake work, new tint, newer Bluetooth/CD player, keyless alarm/remote and the fridge & stove have been serviced and are functional. There's also a recent receipt from Hi Tec in LA that shows some common vanagon front end and muffler work performed to the tune of $3,500 just last year, fresh ball joints and bushings are a nice bonus.  Some other things I noticed...

  • Big speakers under the rear bench seat, my Westy has some nice 6x9s and an amp here, but they do take up a lot of space.
  • There appear to be a repaired crack in the middle of the front bumper, maybe the accident from '06?
  • The fuse box cover
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3.3L Subaru SVX – 1984 Westfalia Camper $23,000 in Eugene, OR

  
3.3L Subaru SVX - 1984 Westfalia Camper $23,000 in Eugene, OR

3.3L Subaru SVX - 1984 Westfalia Camper $23,000 in Eugene, OR

Here's a hot find that's going to turn some heads today.  Usually reserved for the "well north of $30k" asking price bunch, this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper comes with a freshly rebuilt 3.3L Subaru SVX engine (~230 ponies), manual transmission, original two tone paint job, 158k miles on the chassis and a ton of extra goodies and upgrades. It went up for sale on craigslist in Eugene, Oregon last night with an asking price of $23k. Craigslist Link

The Subaru SVX(or other Subaru H-6 engines) are the only naturally aspirated (non-turbo) engine you can put in a Vanagon that will produce over 200 horse power.  The only common engine conversion that competes here is an VW/Audi 1.8 Turbo, but only when it's heavily modded and tuned. The SVX engine is reportedly so reliable, they're occasionally used in small aircraft.  The downsides are it's pretty heavy and reduces rear end clearance by at least a few inches, if not more. Also, if you live in California or a state with strict emissions laws, you may have trouble getting it to pass a smog test if the correct parts are not used. I believe if it's an older OBDI SVX, it's much more practical of an application for these states.  There's no mention of who performed this particular conversion, but it does state it was completed 7,000 miles ago.

According to the seller, this Westy has seen a wide range of upgrades and fixes including:

  • Drivetrain: head gaskets, water pump, idler bearings T-belt, custom exhaust, all seals, vacuum hoses, radiator, coolant hoses, stage 2 clutch, German drive shafts, shift linkages, short shifter kit.
  • Underneath: shocks, upper & lower ball joints, brakes, steel braided brake lines, master cylinder, 16" wheels and tires.
  • Bonus: South African grill and head light kit w/ high power set up, GoWesty front steel bumper, Fat Matt(sound) and recycled denim(heat) Insulation, new carpet up front, custom front door panels, Go Westy floor mats.

A few more thoughts... The dash appears to be in excellent shape. The original curtains and rear screen seem intact and included. There's a full length Catalina awning that is shown, but not mentioned. There's no VIN provided, so there's no way to do a title history check to review the stated 158k miles, so be sure to check up on those.  The fridge has been removed and it appears the Go Westy fridge delete kit is in it's place. While there's a great picture of the stove and sink, there's no word on how well they work, of if the propane tank is legit.  Any rust underneath?

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1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Wolfsburg Camper – 146k Miles – $8,500 in Virginia

  
1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Wolfsburg Camper - 146k Miles - $8,500

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Wolfsburg Camper - 146k Miles - $8,500

This ones already been up on craigslist for a few days, but thought it was worthy of mentioning today as the looks, mileage and price seem like a decent deal.  This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with the Wolfsburg trim, stock 1.9L engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission and a reported 146k miles. The four pictures shared of this van show the original two tone paint job, clean interior, original curtains and a missing hubcap.  The seller states the fridge and stove work "perfectly", which is rather rare for an '84, even with under 200k miles. On the West Coast this same rig would likely sell for well north of $12k, and quite quickly at that.  According to the details, the current owner bought it for her husband as a gift, but he doesn't seem to have the time to use it, so they're selling. Craigslist Link

Some things I like about this Westy?  Well, '84's didn't come with arm rests, unless it was a Wolfsburg.  The paint looks pretty good for its age.

Some things I'd check on.  No VIN supplied, no way to check actual title history for records and mileage accuracy.  It looks like it has the pain in the ass factory A/C that blows on the back of your head from above the rear seats.  Does it work?  The pop top seals look a bit wonky, but might be fine. The side mirrors are likely in "full flop" mode and need to be replaced or upgraded (see the sag?).

What do you think this Westy is worth?  Tell us in the comments below, or head on over to the posts about this van on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your wisdom there!… Read More About This Westy

 

1990 VW Vanagon Syncro Adventure Wagon – $19k in San Rafael, CA

  
1990 VW Vanagon Syncro Adventure Wagon - $19k in San Rafael, CA

1990 VW Vanagon Syncro Adventure Wagon - $19k in San Rafael, CA

Updated 4/22/15 - See comments below post.

Strikingly similar to this syncro I wrote about a while back in the same region, this one looks like a sweet deal sans some rust and dings.  Posted on The Samba yesterday is this 1990 VW Vanagon Syncro Adventure Wagon high top with likely stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission (4+low) and a low 123k miles.  The seller doesn't state many specifics, though they do claim it features a propane or gas heater and 2 extra house batteries with a solar panel set up, along with a new bosch starter.  The pictures do show some rust that was attended to, and it may also come with a full length awning. No VIN or additional mechanical details were provided, though it does appear to have a rear locker knob on the dash, and the interior looks to be in good shape as well.  If the mileage is accurate, the syncro all wheel drive works, the locker works, it doesn't leak or get to hot, this rig will sell very soon, if it hasn't already.  Find it listed for sale on The Samba Classifieds in San Rafael, California with an asking price of $19,000. The Samba Link

One thing I like about this Adventure Wagon is the insulated high top roof + propane/gas heater.  While a standard pop top Westy can sleep 4 with the roof up, there's no way to keep the upstairs warm, and a popped Westy draws significant attention of you're trying to stealth camp.  With this rig, you can sleep 4, in sub zero temps, and not be as conspicuous as there's no roof to pop, it's already up!  These are a great alternative to Syncro Pop Top Westys mainly due to price, as for whatever reason Adventure Wagon Syncros are usually about 20%-30% easier on the wallet.

Some things I would check out.  Definitely get the VIN and do a title check on CarFax or similar to confirm mileage and title status are accurate.  Get a good look at the drivers side exterior, and the undercarriage,  as there are no pictures of these.  Take it for spin, do some sharp turns in water or slick surfaces to see if the syncro works or makes any weird noises.

Got any thoughts to share? Have you seen this Westy? Going to check it out? Feel like bantering? Leave your comments below or head on over to the individual posts about this van on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.  The Samba LinkRead More About This Westy

 

Salvaged Syncro – 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in San Rafael, CA

  
Salvaged Syncro - 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Sa

Salvaged Syncro - 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in San Rafael, CA ends Monday April 20th

Updated 4/21/15 at 9am PST: See comments below this post from seller.

With reasonably priced syncros getting more rare by the mintue, this auction is sure to turn some heads. This 1990 VW Vanagon Syncro (AWD) Westfalia Camper features a stock 2.1L engine, stock 4+low manual transmission and salvage title that occurred over 12 years and 70k+ miles ago. The seller doesn't provide any details into what actually happened here, but the records show the van was totaled and put in possession of the insurance company. However, the seller does go to the extend of being very transparent about everything else, including a Car Fax and Auto Check report they purchased, along with a dropbox folder full of photos. With the original mileage still under 200k, the seller goes to great lengths to describe all work done in the past 12 years including suspension, brakes, decoupler, wheels, tires, solar set up and a variety of other odds and ends. This Syncro Westy is located in San Rafael, California and the auction ends on Monday, April 20th at noon PST.  eBay Link

Some things I like about this Syncro Westy

  • Not may for sale right now under $30k, maybe this seller is expecting more than that, but with a salvage title, many will be wary.
  • It's seen almost as much time and mileage with a salvage vehicle as it did without, whoever fixed it up likely knew what they were doing.
  • Black windows, black steel wheels, South African Grill & Headlights. Looks bad ass.
  • Rear hatch ladder.  Would love to have one of these someday. If it's aluminium, be careful it doesn't get stuck to the steel!
  • Newer decoupler and drive shaft. Syncro front wheel drive/all wheel drive lasts so much longer when it's not running full time.
  • It has a 2nd knob as well, likely a rear locker?
  • Old Man Emu shocks. Yeah.
  • Newer 3 window tent canvas.  These are just mandatory. Less mold and old, more durable, more windows. duh.
  • Custom console around the stick shift between the seats.  These are so handy, so much unused and awkward space here.  I'm not sure which one this is, or if it's custom, but they're not cheap.
  • 4 mounted Yakima wide body rack tabs. If they're mounted properly and no cracks, this comes in handy and the older towers and bars that fit these can be found on craigslist for fairly cheap.

Some things I'm weary of

  • Well, Salvage title of course
  • Seam rust starting to brew, not sure how much is underneath.
  • Power windows and locks, these notoriously fail when you're in the middle of nowhere.
  • Fridge doesn't work. No word on sink,
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1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ GoWesty 2.4L Engine – Auction in Clackamas, Oregon

  
1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ GoWesty 2.4L Engine - Auctio

1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ GoWesty 2.4L Engine - eBay Auction in Clackamas, Oregon

Updated 4/29/15 at 9am PST (See comments below post)

Fresh on the eBay auction block is this clean and well sorted 1983 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 20k miles on a GoWesty 2.4L engine and automatic transmission, along with a plethora of awesome upgrades.  Located in Clackamas, Oregon, the auction ends on Sunday April 19th at 11:04 am PST. eBay Link

According the seller, it wins every car show it's been in. While I'd take that with a grain of salt, it's still a pretty epic rig.  Some of the features and upgrades include....

  • GoWesty 2.4L engine w/ 20k miles. These are great when installed properly with a warranty. They don't make the 2.4L anymore, just a 2.3L and a 2.45L.  They are loved and hated across the world in VW forums. These are at lest $5k, not installed, and without all the fresh cooling system stuff that should be done as well. Call it at least $10k done right at a pro shop.
  • Rebuilt GoWesty automatic transmission w/ 20k miles.. I've never even driven an automatic vanagon, though I wouldn't be afraid to buy one, especially if I were going to let others drive my van. Personally I'd rather drive a manual.  This is at least a few grand.
  • 16" wheels with BFG AT tires.  The 14" to 16" upgrade I did on my Westy a while back is amazing.  I have a 1.9L stock and lost some power and tourque, though in the end it is more than well worth the handling. Easily a $1,200 upgrade here.
  • Programmable Propex propane heater. These can mount in a variety of spaces, but the best location is underneath the van to save interior space.  Not all propex models can mount underneath.  There's no pictures or description of where, but either way it's an amazing upgrade and likely cost well north of $1,000.
  • RockyMountain Westy bumpers with swing arm plus full size spare wheel/tire and gas can AND front and rear hitch receiver.  I'd love to upgrade my stock Westy bumpers someday, front and rear hitch receiver has endless possibilities (bike racks, winches, etc). These with the swing arm are at least a $2,000 upgrade, likely closer to $3,000 depending on if and how well they're welded on.
  • Custom 3 bar rack set up. Always inspect for cracks in the fiberglass around the rack mounts. I love having a rack on my pop top, but they are fragile, especially when not installed properly. I've seen this style before, but I honestly know nothing about it.
  • Jack Bombay pop top shock kit. I just installed these recently on my Westy and they're epic. All three support variations fit the mounts, and they're easy to change out with a screwdriver.  It's possible the seller has a 2nd set, but if not you can purchase the standard or medium or HD and they should fit.
  • Yakima
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1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 10k on GoWesty Engine – $12,500 in Indiana

  

Indiana has been a of a media grabber recently, so we're following the trend today with this clean and tidy looking craigslist find that is sure to garner some attention this week.

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 10k on GoWesty Engine - $12,

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 10k on GoWesty Engine - $12,500 in Indiana

This specimen is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with 154k miles on the odometer, 10k miles on a GoWesty engine (type?) and a stock manual transmission. The seller states they are the 2nd owner and purchased it in California 12 years ago.  As an added bonus it and also comes with the single rear facing seat and the double bench seat.  There's something kind of fishy about this listing, however it does show the top of an Indiana license plate in one of the pictures.  It's hard to tell if it's the original paint, there's something wrong with the picture compression that makes the white appear almost be a matte finish respray.  Check it in Indianapolis, Indiana with an asking price of $12k. Craigslist Link

Downsides. Well, no VIN or title history report provided. No pictures of the undercarriage, front seats, dash, engine.  No notes on whether or not the sink, stove, fridge, propane work or how well.

Upsides. Does have a fresh pop top canvas. The extra seats are pretty rad if they exist.

Questions to ask. Which GoWesty motor was put in?  Was it warrantied? Was the entire cooling system replaced upon install? Who installed it? How hot does it get? Is there anything that doesn't work (various lights, switched, kitchen, etc). What does it look like underneath? Do you have the metal covers for the seat tracks?

Let's say this van has 0 structural rust, a properly installed GoWesty 2.2L engine, clean title, runs/drives well and doesn't leak.  It's worth much more than the $12k they are asking, especially on the West Coast. More like $16k.  However, you're stuck in the midwest, in Indiana, so that drops the highest likely offer back down to around $13k or so, maybe more. If engine wasn't properly installed, leaks, doesn't have a new cooling system, has rust underneath, etc, then you're looking at well below $10k

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1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender – $6,000 in Grand Rapids, MI

  
1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - $6,000 in Grand Rapids, MI

1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender - $6,000 in Grand Rapids, MI

Here's a low priced find that went up on The Samba last night.  This specimen is a 1986 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with 220k miles on the body and 115k miles on a rebuilt 2.1L engine.  There's pretty much 0 details other than the five pictures and what I've said already, there's no indication if it's a manual or automatic either. However for a mid west Westy it doesn't appear to have any visible seam rust, though of course there's not pictures of the undercarriage.  Aside from some dented up original bumpers and the some stickers on the read hatch window, this rig shows pretty well for only having a $6k asking price. While they didn't provide the VIN, there is a Michigan license plate number present, sometimes you can look up vehicle history with that as well on sites like CarFax.  Check it out in Grand Rapids, Michigan.   The Samba Link 

Pictures of the undercarriage and interior would be nice, those midwest winters can wreak havoc underneath. If this is a legit running, driving, non leaking Westy and the interior looks as good as the exterior, it would be worth double their asking price on the west coast.  What do you think? Tell us in the comments below, or head on over to the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ to share your wisdom or banter there!… Read More About This Westy

 

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia w/ ALH TDI & Biodiesel Kit – Auction in SF, CA

  
1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia w/ ALH TDI & Biodiesel Kit - Auction i

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia w/ ALH TDI & Biodiesel Kit - Auction in SF ends April 12th

While nice Westys continue to climb in price (I've seen a general 20% increase in the past 2 years), it is well known that if an owner spends considerable time and money restoring and upgrading one, you're still likely not going to get your money back if you sell, or even 80% of your money back.  That brings us to this Westy that has been up for sale for quite some time.  I thought I had posted about it before, however likely due to the crazy high price, I may have avoided it altogether.  This premium looking and well sorted rig is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a professionally rebuilt VW TDI (ALH) engine from a 2001 Jetta with about 25k miles on it, along with a rebuilt transmission that was done at the same time. The body of the van has 250k miles, though a recent paint job makes it shine like new.  The seller states they are moving to Europe and cannot take it with them, and that all of the work was done by Detlev Hanschke of International Auto Service in Livermore, CA.  Some of the additional extras include: Elsbett Kit to run on pure Vegetable Oil w/ extra 12 gallon SVO tank, 20 gallon SA tank to replace the original (32 gallons total!), solar set up with 2 batteries, new window seals, insulated walls, new 3 window pop top canvas, freshly charged A/C, recent window tint and new rear brakes.  The seller of course provided the VIN so you can do some homework on your own ( WV2ZB0254HH040896 ), like a CarFax report. The current craigslist posting is down to a $39k asking price, however I recall seeing it as high as $45k or or $49k a few months ago. Granted this looks like an epically restored Westy, however anything about $30k for a 2wd is a stretch, even with an ALH TDI.  The Westy is located in the SF Bay Area (Marin) and the auction ends on Sunday April 12th at 7pm PST. eBay Link

What do you think it's worth?  I'm guessing the auction won't go above $30k, however in this region there's a lot of money, and significant Westfalia interest.  This thing would be a blast to own, however there are TDI syncros for sale in the $35k neighborhood, so it's a hard call.  Maybe if they added a rear locker and/or a Peoloquins limited slip differential it could fetch a higher price.  With 32 gallons total capacity, and 30mpg, that's a 900 mile rage. yowza.  … Read More About This Westy