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

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  1. Reply
    Anthony at

    Is this still available

  2. Reply
    George rogers at

    Is this still for sale? Call me at 4065443730

  3. Sell your westy yet?

  4. The seller just emailed me and stated they’ve lowered the asking price to $27,500 and is accepting reasonable offers. He also stated…

    I can document the 153K miles with service records. The tent is in great shape, completely intact and with thicker fabric than I have seen on some. The “stuff” inside is farmers market equipment but I take it out when I show it. The engine was rebuilt at 86K and the transmission/clutch at 103K (have records). Syncros run fine without the driveshaft in 2WD and it is a simple matter to simply install the driveshaft to go to 4WD. The burners and propane refrigerator function worked fine before the tank valve leak so they will be fine still. Some of the pictures were taken with an old HP camera, no filters used. If you want to post this to the site feel free.

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