1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $7,000 in Santa Cruz, CA

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $7,000 in Santa Cruz, CA

Westfalia prices always seem higher in West Coast cities when compared to the rest of the country, that’s why I think this one is kind of a decent deal.  According to the seller there’s 219k miles on the body and only 42k miles on a rebuilt engine from Van Cafe. No mention if the kitchen appliances function properly, or how well. The tricky part is knowing how well the van runs and drives without being able to do a whole lot with it in it’s current state.  I wonder if you could hire someone from Van Cafe to come take a look at it for $200? I’m thinking, as it is described, a $1,000 to $2,000 investment would likely get this rig back up to decent driving shape, however there could always been a list of endless problems with any vehicle this old. A master cylinder with labor at a good shop will run you at least $400, resealing the gas tank and doing new fuel lines, probably another $400.  Then slowly work on the rust and body yourself with a grinder/sandpaper and some POR15.  Find it for sale in Santa Cruz, California with an asking price of only $7,000.  Craigslist Link


1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper $7,500 in San Jose, CA

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper $7,500 in San Jose, CA

Fresh on craigslist last night is this 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper in a mostly stock appearance with 199k miles on the clock, which the seller implies is accurate.  It appears to be the original orange paint, and the power train is likely the original 1.9L engine with the stock 4 speed manual transmission. It mentions the “full camping kit”, but doesn’t say anything about the fridge, or what works, or how well.  The listing does mention a heater, so I’m wondering if they installed a propex or similar at some point.  If the title is clean, the mileage is accurate, it doesn’t leak, stays cool, and drives well, this is a steal at only $7,500, especially for Central California prices.  The seller states it was purchased in Idaho a couple of years ago and driven down to California to be used as temporary housing. No VIN is provided, so you should probably ask the seller so you can do a title check.  See it for sale in San Jose, California on craigslist. Craigslist Link


1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.2L Subaru Engine - $15k in SLC, UT

1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper w/ 2.2L Subaru Engine – $15k in SLC, UT

UPDATED! Now an eBay Auction ending Thursday, Oct 30th.

Posted just a couple hours ago on craigslist is this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with freshly rebuilt 2.2L Subaru engine, manual transmission and unknown body mileage.  In the last year it’s gotten a $1,000 sounds system upgrade, solar panel setup with inverter, new BFG tires, brakes all the way around and new curtains.  There’s no mention of how the engine swap was done, so ensuring it will pass smog in California is a big question here.  It looks like it’s got some seam rust brewing, but is in otherwise decent shape, and has some nice tinted rear windows as well.  It does come with a tow package, so I’d ask the seller what they towed with it.  Anything more than a few bikes is probably not a good idea.  However, if this is a legit Subaru swap, everything works, and it drives well, $15k isn’t exactly a high price, at least for the West Coast.  Check it out for sale in Salt Lake City, Utah.  Craigslist Link


1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia - 1.9L Turbo Diesel - $15k in Minnesot

1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia – 1.9L Turbo Diesel – $15k in Minnesota

While I’m a bit weary of any Vanagon pre 1985 or so, some of these are still really great finds, and one of those could be this one that showed up for sale on The Samba last night. This rig is a 1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with a relatively fresh 1.9L AAZ Turbo Diesel engine, manual transmission and some good looks for it’s age.  The seller states that all the kitchen appliances work, the upper control arm bushings were recently replaced and that a buyer could “drive this van anywhere”.  No mention on the actual MPGs, however most vanagons with with a good turbo diesel and road tires will get close to 30mpg on the highway, much better than the 19mpg most of us get with stock wbx gas engines.  It has definitely seen a fresh coat of paint in it’s days, and it’s also got an updated 3 window tent canvas.  The seller did provide the VIN WV2ZG0258CH103962 so you can do your homework on it’s history.   I think the asking price might be high for the region, but would probably do well on the West Coast. Check it our for sale on The Samba in Redwood Falls, Minnesota with an asking price of $15k. The Samba Link


1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Syncro Tubro Diesel High Top - Auction in New Jersey

1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia Syncro Tubro Diesel High Top – Auction in New Jersey

UPDATES! See Comments Below The Post.

OK, so this is odd.  First we get this imported turbo diesel syncro up for sale/auction in New Jersey, now there’s an almost identical high top version for sale by the same seller?  I’m confused. The auction for the earlier one, said no reserve, closed at $32k, but then was relisted on The Samba for $44k.  At any rate, I need to get a hold of this seller and see what the full scoop is here.  This new van is a 1989 VW Vanagon Westfalia syncro 1.6L turbo diesel high top with 43k original miles and a clean title (VIN WV2ZZZ25ZKG087122) with “spotless” CarFax and AutoCheck reports, which are not provided.  Since a 1989 passes the 25 year rule, I guess it isn’t too hard to get these shipped over from Europe and registered in the US.  For starters this van is the Club Joker model with every option available. It’s got an extra big turbo with an intercooler, central and rear locking diff (I guess this means you can’t independently lock the front?), big brake kit, front and rear skid plates, big bumpers, South African grill and headlight kit, coach battery, Hella lights on a bull bar, tire carrier with extra jerry can and all kinds of other bells and whistles. You’ll want to upgrade the old school stereo head unit though. The auction ends Sunday October 26th and 5:45pm PST. eBay Link / Photobucket Link

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1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper - $8k In Ballard, WA

1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper – $8k In Ballard, WA

No many details are provided with this listing, however judging by the pictures, limited description and asking price, this could be a worth find for the North West.  This van is a 1984 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with stock 1.9L engine, stock 4 speed manual transmission, clean title, a bit of visible rust, but some overall pretty good looks considering the sub $10k price.  The seller does say it was repainted, but no further details than that.  No mileage records, no VIN, no word if the kitchen equipment works. It’s all kind of a mystery. I’m going to reach out and see if they can provide more details here. Find it for sale in Ballard, Washington with an asking price of $8,000. Craigslist Link