I purchased this 1985 VW Vanagon Westfalia Camper six years ago, with the dream of it being my forever Westy. However, my body is starting to age, and at 6'4" 230lbs, with 4 knee surgeries under my belt, I've realized the sad truth the drivers seat and room available is just too small for me. I recently too her on the longest trip yet, from Eureka CA to Colorado Springs, with all kinds of adventure in between. We were on the road for 6 weeks. My right knee just can't stay at that angle for more than a few hours without starting to hurt and getting stiff. I know that's not going to get better with time. I'm also having issues with my right shoulder, to where I'd like to eliminate shifting a manual transmission from my daily routine. If I can't sell it for $29,000 this time around, I may wait another year or two and enjoy the new engine and recent upgrades/work for a while. So for now, the price is very firm.
I've likely got $20k into this amazing van just in the past 18 months alone (have had it six years), I'm afraid to add it all up, but I have all the receipts. Here's a quick run down of recent work, which was ALL performed at highly reputable shops.
- (Nov 2018) Brand New GoWesty 2.2L engine with many fixings including new injectors, new air flow meter, new coolant reservoirs, new clutch, new fuel lines, new coolant & O2 sensors. The engine started with transferable 4 year 48k mile warranty (Road Warrior Warranty Info) ($13,000)
- (Mar 2019) Dash taken off and replaced front heater core, front blower motor w/ resistor, foam and other odds and ends cleaned up. ($1,000)
- (Mar 2019) New Bilstien XHD Shocks. WOW, these are amazing. ($1,100)
- (Dec 2019) Had specialty restoration shop get front end prepped, repainted with new window seal and new windshield. I have a full photo set of the before, during, after. It will be 20 years before you have to worry about dreaded and common windshield seal rust. ($2,000)
- (2017) New brakes all the way around (calipers, rotors, drums, pads, everything), also master & slave cylinder. I think this bill was nearly $4,000
- (2018) New power steering rack ($1,000)
- (2015) Manual Transmission rebuild by German Transaxle in Bend, OR w/ Peloquins Limited Slip Differential. I paid the extra $1,400 to have this added at the time of rebuild. It's worth every penny to have true 2wd in the rear. Is an absolute monster on packed sand, gravel, dirt, snow and even ice. It was basically my excuse not to try and find a 4wd syncro. ($4,500)
- Go Westy 16" steel wheels with Nokian Rotiva tires (2018)