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?).

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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 4/20 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

What do you think it's worth?  Leave us your thoughts in the comments below, or head on over to the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you banter there.… Read More About This Westy

 

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

 

NICE! 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – Subaru 2.5L – Auction in Texas

  
NICE! 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Subaru 2.5L - Auction i

NICE! 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - Subaru 2.5L - Auction in Texas ends April 8th

Here's a fresh find in the great state of Texas that sure to get some attention in the coming days. This nice looking and well sorted rig is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a Subaru 2.5L engine, manual transmission, 185k miles and according to registration records has spent most of it's life in California and Texas.  The last mileage recording on the free Auto Check report shows 119,217 in 2008.  If you'd like to dig a bit deeper on your own, the seller provided the VIN ( WV2ZB0258HH089857 ) so you can get your own Car Fax report or similar.  The engine swap was done with the Rocky Mountain Westy kit, though the seller doesn't state when it was done, though it was down under their ownership, along with a cosmetic paint/rust touch up (looks rust free).  Some other fancy shmancy additions include; Go Westy steel plate bumpers, new window and door seals (good rubber is key!), Shady Boy Awning, Yakima towers (4) and cross bars (2) and basket (always check for cracks in the pop top near the rack mounts) and a solar & aux power set up is negotiable upon auction completion.  Altogether this Westy sites sits nicely on GoWesty 1.5" lift springs, 15" Mercedes wheels with fresh BFG AT tires.  Check it out in Missouri City, Texas with the auction ending Wednesday, April 8th at 9:21am PST, with the current high bid just clearing $10k. eBay Link

All details considered accurate, etc, I think this will likely fetch $21k - $24k. Keep in mind California buyers are out of the picture, since it's the 2.5L and wasn't done with the Kennedy kit.  I see this likely being purchase by someone in Colorado, so we'll see :)  What do you think it's worth?  Any thoughts or wisdom to share? Leave your peace in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ to share your banter there!… Read More About This Westy

 

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 119k Miles – $13,900 in Los Gatos, CA

  
1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 119k Miles - $13,900 in Los Gatos, CA

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 119k Miles - $13,900 in Los Gatos, CA

Happy Tuesday westy hunters!  Notice anything new today?  The site was long overdue for a face lift, so I finally got started on that yesterday. It's far from finished, however most importantly it is now "mobile responsive". Viewing on a phone? Tablet?  The site should automatically resize itself to your device!  At any rate, here's the first post for the new site.  This 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper showed up for sale on the SF Bay Area craigslist yesterday and could be a nice find for the mileage, condition and price range.  With only 119k original miles, this Westy got a rebuilt/new engine in 2012 (likely stock 1.9L) and features the standard 4 speed manual transmission.  According to the details, the sink, stove, fridge (and propane tank?) all work perfectly, and it sounds like it may even come with a propane heater of some type, with an added bonus of hardwood floors in the mid section. The original aussan brown paint looks to be in decent shape, as well as the pop top, canvas and seals. It sits on what appear to be the original 14" steel wheels with some slightly larger than average tires.  Only three pictures available, but the seller did provide the VIN so you can do some homework. ( wvzb025xeh015559 ) Find it for sale in Los Gatos, California with an asking price of $13,900. Craigslist Link

While some will balk at paying $14k for a mostly stock 1984 Westy, this kind of rig with a fresh engine and well cared for appearance will sell quickly at that price in the San Francisco area.  What do you think it's worth?  Tell us in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts about the Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share you wisdom there!… Read More About This Westy

 

Scam or Real? 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $10k in Arcata, CA

  
Scam or Real? 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $10k in Arcata,

Scam or Real? 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $10k in Arcata, CA

Updated 3/30 8pm PST:  One of our users commented on Facebook they've seen more pictures of the van, but that there's significant seam rust and no title at the moment, and no CA smog certificate.  

Here's an interesting specimen that landed on the Humboldt County, California craigslist last night, however I'm weary that it may be a scam.  This find is a 1990 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with a rebuilt engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission and 178k miles with an asking price of $10k.  I'd really like for this to be real, and I apologize to the seller if they're legit, however I think it's bogus, so be careful if you're interested or have been in contact with the seller.

Why might this be a scam?  

1. The seller says there are Thule roof racks that can hold kayaks, bikes, camping gear, etc, though there are no rack mounts visible on the pop top.  I know in some rare cases, the mounts are actually attached to the top, and not the sides.

2. The seller states the engine was "rebuilt" by GoWesty in 2006, however GoWesty (as far as I know), doesn't do traditional engine rebuilds, they only sell their own versions of remanufactured, larger displacement wasserboxers.

3. The plastic rocker panel covers behind the kitchen are missing, and I believe these were stock in 1990.

4. The price is just too low for a running/driving sub <200k miles 1990 Westy Camper in Northern California.

5. The seller seems to imply mileage is accurate, but also states the odometer cable needs to be replaced?

6. The seller is already stating they live in AK, but work in Humboldt, which while it might be legit, this adds to the numerous other red flags already states.

So, what do you think?  Real or Scam? Let us know in the comments below or head on over to the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google +.  I'm going to email the seller now and report back here.

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1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Lompoc, CA

  
1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Lompoc, CA

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper Auction in Lompoc, CA

Fresh on both eBay and craigslist yesterday is this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission and some very good original looks. According to the free Auto Check report on eBay, the odometer read 97k miles in 1998 and 125k in 2014, could be legit, and judging by the original paint, tent canvas and interior, I wouldn't be surprised if it is. They did of course provide the VIN ( WV2ZB0254FH033783 ) so you can do your own homework on it's all California history.  The seller states the engine had a partial rebuild only a few thousand miles ago and has most records since sometime in the 80s.  The only feature it lacks from its original configuration is the rear overhead A/C, which is mostly a waste of space.  It's also been listed on cragislist with an asking price of $16,500, so I'm going to take a wild guess and say they're hoping for at least $15k.  The auction ends on Monday March 30th at 2:36pm. eBay Link

As added bonuses this Westy appears to come with a full length awning and a Thule rack set up with a cargo carrier. Always check for cracks in the pop top around the mounts for racks like this. The seller states it obviously comes with the fridge and stove, but do the work, and how well? Has the propane tank been upgraded? If this is all legit, drives well, runs well, doesn't leak, etc, it's likely going to fetch their hoping price of $15k, especially in a So Cal spring market.  What do you think it's worth? Let us know in the comments below, or head on over to the individual posts on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and share your wisdom there.… Read More About This Westy

 

Imported 1987 Westy Camper Syncro Auction In New Jersey, Again….

  
1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Turbo Diesel Westfalia Camper - Auction I

1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Turbo Diesel Westfalia Camper - Auction In New Jersey

So they're back again after no buyers in the past five months (or more).  I originally posted about this Westy back on October 13th (original post), when the eBay auction fetched a high bid of $32,500 (expired auction), after 61 bids from 28 bidders. According to the seller, this is a stock 1987 VW Vanagon Syncro Westfalia with the European 1.6L Turbo Diesel. The new auction( eBay Link) went up over the weekend and Wednesday March 25th at 5:30 pm PST. While there is a VIN, due to the fact it's an import it's going to be hard to get/verify the vehicle's history.  There's also a photobucket album (link) with over 40 more photos of this rig, though I don't think it's changed since October.  It is also listed on The Samba (link) with an asking price of $45k, along with this diesel high top syncro for $50k (link).  I'd say there's something fishy about these, and I'd love to hear the thoughts and opinions of other syncro fanatics on this rig, or maybe you've even gone to check it out at some point?  Well, leave your words of wisdom below, or head on over to the individual posts about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ to share your opinions there.… Read More About This Westy

 

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender w/ Bostig Ztec & More – $20k in San Diego, CA

  
1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender w/ Bostig Ztec & More - $20k

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender w/ Bostig Ztec & More - $20k

Here's a nice looking and well sorted Westy without a state to call home.. err, sort of.  This Westy is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender with 15k miles on a Bostig Ztec crate (new) engine AND rebuilt 4 speed manual transmission with the highly sought after Peloquins limited slip differential and a total of 175k miles on the body.  If you could actually register this van in California, it would be sold already.  This van is loaded with all kinds of awesome add ons that, just with conservative estimates show over $25k invested, if not closer to $30k, with the actual cost of an ok condition '85 Westy to start from.

While the Ford Ztec Bostig doesn't have the same power as the German or Japanese counterpart swaps, the parts for these engines are widely and cheaply available, as well as the know how to work on them.  The Peloquins is a great way to get part of the way to a syncro, without the extra $10k - $15k.  This appears to be a great turn key get up and go Westy if the Bostig engine will pass emissions laws in your state.  Find it for sale in Encinitas / San Diego, California. Craigslist Link  -  The Samba Link

What do you think it's worth? What are you thoughts on Bostig engines? Tell us in the comments below, or head on over the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.… Read More About This Westy

 

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 108k Miles – Auction in Brentwood, CA

  
1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 108k Miles - Auction in Brent

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 108k Miles - Auction in Brentwood, CA

Looking at Westys for extended periods each day, every day, for years on end, you start to second guess yourself when you see one that looks familiar.  I know I have seen this one before, but I can't seem to find any record of posting it, so..... This Friday specimen is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with stock 2.1L engine, stock manual transmission and a barely broken in 108k original miles. eBay Link

The odometer was replaced at some point, and the seller has used up their free Auto Check reports, so you'll have to do a VIN check on your own ( wv2zb0258hh022983 ) to get more of the dirt on this one.  The engine is said to have been rebuilt in 2005 to the tune of $5k by S&S Import service in Antioch CA, though there isn't much to be said about this business online.

The seller does mention the van comes with almost new Michelin tires on the original 14" mag wheels.  Overall the pictures show a well cared for Westy with fading paint and a few minor bumps on bruises, though the original tent canvas and interior appear to be in excellent shape. The auction ends on Thursday March 26th at 6pm PST. eBay Link

What do you think it's worth? I'm guessing this will top out at around $16k - $18k, depending on what the title check actually shows.  Got any wisdom to share? Leave your thoughts in the comments below or head on over to the individual posts about the Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+ and let your emotions fly!

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1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Conversion Auction in Anaheim, CA

  
1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Conversion Auction in Anaheim, CA

1988 VW Vanagon Westfalia Conversion Auction in Anaheim, CA

Here's another interesting specimen for sale that even comes with it's own website, Vanagon.me.  This van original came as a tin top Vanagon and at some point a Westfalia pop top was added, along with a custom small kitchen set up. I'd call it a weekender, but it doesn't have the same cabinet setup as a weekender, but I guess it's really a 1988 VW Vanagon to Westfalia Conversion?  eBay Link

The seller goes into some details and has current showing set up that have been taking place, with the schedule looking like this.

Anaheim: All day Wednesday 3/18 and Saturday 3/21.
Venice Beach: Thursday afternoon and evening 3/19.
Santa Barbara: Friday afternoon and evening 3/20.

There's a plethora of details listed on both eBay and the website, but all in all, this could likely be a very low priced Westy that runs, though could use some significant love.  Find a way to get it for $7k or $8k, make sure you've got another $4k - $6k in backup to do things like front end bushings, a solar trickle charger to combat the parasitic battery leak, find a way to make the top bunk usable if it isn't already, get it a nice tune up, reseal the fuel tank and lines and still have some backup in case it needs engine or transmission work.  This Westy will need some love, but sounds like it runs and drives well as is.  The seller does provide the VIN ( wv2yb0255jh005933 ) and the free Auto Check report shows a clean title with only a few owners, with the van living in Colorado and California for most of it's life.  The official eBay auction ends on Saturday March 21st at 8pm.  eBay Link

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1982 Westy Camper w/ 1.9L Turbo Diesel – $15k in Austin, Texas

  
1982 Westy Camper w/ 1.9L Turbo Diesel - $15k in Austin, Texas

1982 Westy Camper w/ 1.9L Turbo Diesel - $15k in Austin, Texas

Travolta is his name, and he's even got his own website (link), though I found him posted on The Samba classifieds this morning (link).  This specimen is a 1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with all kinds of documented love and upgrades including a 1.9L Turbo Diesel (AAZ) engine from a '96 VW Golf, upgraded transmission and is approaching 200k miles.  I love when sellers go to this extent of description and detail when selling their van, and I hope these folks can sell Travolta quickly as a result, and maybe we can help too.   While the seller goes to great lengths to detail the work they've done on this Westy, they do clearly state that it will soon need front end bushings, front brake rotors and some window seals.  The google sites link above tells what is likely the entire story of the work that has been done on this van in the past, and even has a video of the engine starting and running (link). Go check it out in Austin, Texas with an asking price of $15k.

Some features I like in this one; It's insulated, deep cycle batteries w/ solenoid switch, fresh tent canvas, fresh cooing system, exhaust temp sensor and gauge, oil cooler, nice window tint, recentl marine paint on the pop top, updated cabinets, later model vanagon front seats, led dash lights.

I'd love to have an AAZ in my Westy some day, would love to increase my mpg by at least 25%, even with the extra noise.  Got any thoughts or words of wisdom to share?  Leave your banter in the comments below, or head on over to the individual discussions about this Westy on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest or Google+.… Read More About This Westy

 

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – 135k Miles – $6,500 in Denver, CO

  
1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 135k Miles - $6,500 in Denver, CO

1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - 135k Miles - $6,500 in Denver, CO

Here's what appears to be another mythically priced Westy in Colorado like this one from the other day.  This well below book priced specimen is a 1987 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper with only 135k miles for $6,500 in Denver, Colorado. Craigslist Link

The specs on the ad state "manual", and I'm guessing it likely comes with the stock 2.1L engine. The plate number is shown, so if you wanted to try and look up the vehicle history that way I believe that is possible.  It's got some dents, possible some seam rust brewing, some custom patches windows on the pop top and is missing the lower plastic grill vent. Other than that, the silver paint shows well and for the most part the van looks to be in great condition inside and out. I'm going to email the seller and see what they say here.

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