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Old 03-30-2012, 09:44 PM   #31
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Your westies are very very cool. How difficult is it finding oem parts?
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Old 03-31-2012, 09:11 AM   #32
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So far- no problem at all. what I can't find OEM network I pick up from GoWesty.com, Busboys.com or Thesamba.com classifieds.
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Old 03-31-2012, 01:10 PM   #33
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So far- no problem at all. what I can't find OEM network I pick up from GoWesty.com, Busboys.com or Thesamba.com classifieds.
+1 busdepot.... they have about $2500 of my change...
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:04 PM   #34
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[QUOTE=a1fa;18301964]There has never been front engined T3: TRUE.

I think we all get the T's and the "Types" mixed up....

T1 – Type 2 (1950–1967)
Initially derived from the Volkswagen Type 1 (Volkswagen Beetle), the Volkswagen Type 2 (T1) was the first generation of Volkswagen's Transporter family.

T2 – Type 2 (1967–1979)
The Volkswagen T2 platform was marketed from 1967 through 1979 model years, with a Volkswagen Type 4 engine optionally available from 1972 on.

T3 – Type 2 (1979–1992)
The Volkswagen Type 2 (T3), also known as the T25, or Vanagon in the United States, was one of the last new Volkswagen platforms to use an air-cooled engine. The Volkswagen air-cooled engine was succeeded by a water-cooled boxer engine (still rear-mounted) in 1985.

T4 - Volkswagen Transporter
The first officially designated "T platform" vehicle, the Volkswagen Transporter (T4) dramatically updated the Volkswagen van line by using a front-mounted, front-wheel drive, water-cooled engine.

T5 – Transporter (2003–present)
The Volkswagen Transporter (T5)is the current variant of the Volkswagen T platform. In North America it is sold in Mexico but not in the United States or Canada.
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Old 03-31-2012, 02:05 PM   #35
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+1 busdepot.... they have about $2500 of my change...
They and GoWest have a huge chunk of my kids college fund....not to mention my drinking fund
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Old 03-31-2012, 06:15 PM   #36
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The oddmeter on our '84 broke at 245,000mi. Still runs good. I never try to drive faster than 65mph, just plan on running with the semi's.
I normally get 22-24 mpg. I've repaired the transaxle (3-4 syncro carrier), installed a new clutch, and one set of brakes. That's about it for repairs.
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Old 10-13-2012, 01:34 PM   #37
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Old 10-13-2012, 05:59 PM   #38
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I have one with the Zetec. It zooms around just fine. It's no nascar, but moves with ease. Took it through WV and it handled the hills/mountains just fine.

Gas mileage is around 20. Which is good considering it's an RV.
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Old 07-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #39
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thinking about selling, 89 carat with rebuild.
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Old 07-20-2013, 09:44 PM   #40
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I love the late t3's with the rectangle lights and full side skirts.

I'm considering either a westfalia or an American class b like a 90s road trek, it seems with the westfalia it commands an over priced premium for the image, while I can get more amenities on an American class b.

I'm a bit jaded with Westys/vanagons to be honest, I was passing through Jackson WY, aka smugville usa, and spotted a syncro westfalia with a tdi conversion, it was obvious the owner had spent a lot of money on it. So I went up to the owner to say that I loved his westy and wanted to get some info on ownership. He pretty much walked off and was like yeah its a westy, its no big deal. Smug bastard.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:01 AM   #41
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I had a 81 Westy. Loved it especially when I got to where I was going. The motor lacked power, but whatever. Very well layed out. I sold it and bought a used Sportsmobile which suits me more, big V8 can strap a bike on the back go up a hill at 80+, but still the Westy has a efficiency you will only find in a Westy. When ever I see one go by I still give the smile and a thumbs up.
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Old 07-21-2013, 09:12 AM   #42
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I have an 81 Vanagon, and it does not feel like it lacks power. Granted, going up a steep hill could be a challenge. I avoid big hills. 60Mph is probably my comfort zone int he Vanagon anyway.
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Old 07-21-2013, 01:56 PM   #43
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Became a Westy owner this spring. Driving it just feels right. It's an 1985 watercooled. Had a full sized raised roof camper van several years ago , VW way better for me.
Not a rocket ship but new that going in. Other traffic knows it too. Lots of steep roads here in B.C. and when going up slow other cars seem just fine to wait a bit to pass,some even wave.
Oddly at gas stations and rest stops ect. you'd be surprised at the girls/women who will come up to chat. I always smile when I drive it.
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:05 PM   #44
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I was helping move our exchange student to her new dorm. Bunch of college chicks came up to my van and wanted to see the inside. They were admiring the bed, and the pop-top. I don't know if it was the van or me...
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Old 07-21-2013, 02:21 PM   #45
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