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.
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