If you're looking for a nice Weekender Westy with a fresh engine and automatic trans on the West cost, this might be it. This van is a 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Weekender Wolfsburg with a fresh rebuilt 1.9L engine (by Buslab in Berkeley), automatic transmission, ~150k miles on the chassis (odometer stopped) and the metallic brown paint looks to be in great shape. It's been a California van since at least 1998 (if not it's whole life), but the odometer appears to have gone south long ago. The seller is located in Oakland, California and they've set a buy it now price of on eBay of $14,995 with a "make offer" option available. Likely anything less than $12k here would be a steal, I hope they can get at least $13,500 for it. eBay Link… Read More About This Westy
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Now here's what looks like a super nice deal on a Syncro pop top that showed up for sale on The Samba classifieds yesterday. There's no year stated, however I'm going to take a wild guess and say it's an '87. It started as a normal Vanagon Syncro, but then was turned into a pop top with some kitchen equipment added. It comes with a relatively fresh Subaru 2.2L EJ22 engine, a rebuilt transmission, new axles, newer drive shaft, new clutch, old man emu shocks, propane tank and some other extras. It does have some rust that needs attention, however it appears the inside might have been Rhino'd or LineX'd at some point, but it looks good. The other major downside is the tent canvas is absent. Other than that, is if this a working, running, driving, Subaru syncro pop top, $15k is fair price, especially for the Bay Area. Find it for sale in Pacifica, California. The Samba Link… Read More About This Westy
Updated 5/4/15 - It's back up for sale again with an asking price of only $12k. Craigslist Link
Updated: I actually had the opportunity to check out this van in person. The seller brought it over to my house a while back and I got to drive it around the block a couple of times. If this van was in Seattle or SF, it would sell in a heartbeat. Hopefully someone up here buys it so it can remain local. Here's the full scoop from my perspective. Cosmetically it could use a little help around the edges, and it has no fridge installed. The powder light blue paint job looks good and underneath it's very clean with minimal surface rust. While it could use a new tent, it's not in horrible shape, and the upstairs is relatively clean, it could use some scrubbing though. As far as driving it? The engine feels and sounds great, and the transmission feels decent, I think the shifting linkage bushings could use some lube though, or something. I learned something today, since I've never driven an '82. I guess the 80-82 shifting system was horrible according to GoWesty.(link) At any rate, I think this van could be worth $15k to the right person who knows what they're getting into. The seller also told me that Auto Haus 2 did a rebuilt transmission and this diesel set up for like $11k. From what I was told by someone else, this might be a rare mechanical TDI engine set up that wasn't ever available in the US. Anyone else want to chime in here? There's a picture of the engine compartment on the craigslist ad(link).
Original Post: Wow, this is the best find I've seen on my home turf since I bought my '85 a couple of years ago. This van is a 1982 VW Vanagon Westfalia camper with a 1.9L TDI engine, rebuilt transmission, 150k miles, fresh paint in 2007, newer battery, newer shocks, fuel tank re sealed, newer audio system and some other knick knacks too. The 1.9L TDI engine looks like an AAZ or 1Z and is stated to only have 20,000 miles since being installed in 2005. This looks like the right price, especially if that engine is legit and strong. Install a new pop top canvas, get a steering wheel horn cover, maybe throw on some fresh recarro seats and this thing will be pimpin. I also just noticed it's got a weird extra cabinet installed in the back, which is cool, but also prevents the rear table from being in place above the water tank unit. I may see if they'll let me test … Read More About This Westy
Here's another reasonably priced 1986 Westfalia Weekender available in Cambria, CA with an asking price of $15k. It's got 200k miles on the body, 40k miles on a rebuilt 2.1L stock motor and only 400 miles on a fresh 4 speed manual transmission from GoWesty. Some recent upgrades, fixes and added features include; complete clutch kit and slave cylinder, flywheel, full complete tune-up, new ignition switch and harness, new primary battery and new marine deep cycle auxillary battery, new alternator, brand new set of powder coated door handles, seals, gaskets, brand new 1000 watt power inverter, prosport 12 amp dual bank battery charger, aux battery kit, aux power outlet, headlight warning system, fuse panel, complete new skylight, hemp pop top tent with no tears, yakima 3-bar rack set with load warrior cargo tray. Be sure to check for cracks around the areas where the Yakima wide body tabs are mounted to the pop top.… Read More About This Westy
According to the seller of this van they have decided to move overseas and cannot take their van with them, so it's up for sale here on craigslist in Santa Barbara. It sounds and looks to be in generally good condition and only has 142k miles on the clock. It's got the desirable 4 speed manual transmission, all of the kitchen appliances work, comes with the hard to find jump seat, aftermarket cruise control (nice!), rear 2in hitch receiver and a few minor rust spots. What I don't link about this is sale is the statement that "buyer is responsible for smog certificate", ummm, you can't do that in California. Seller is always responsible. If someone came from out of state to buy it, then that's another story. Anyhow, does look like a decent van for $15k, especially in a region known for high prices Westys. The seller won't be back to show it until early April, so you'll have to sit on your hands until then.… Read More About This Westy