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VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by omacdon2 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:31 am

Hey everyone,
I'm looking to buy a VW Bus to take on a road-trip cross-country. I don't have much of a mechanical background, but am sure I will definitely learn along the way..that's the adventure of it. I plan on using it before the trip to get to know it before. Have you ever done something like this or have any recommendations of what to look out for when buying one? I found this one on The Samba https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds ... id=2196877 ,all original and rebuilt motor. I also found this one https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/46019689 , more expensive but sick looking
Thanks! And any recommendations as to good websites selling them would be great.

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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by tommu » Fri Oct 05, 2018 7:48 am

I wouldn’t trust either of those to take me to the shops. When the word GEX means nothing to you - you haven’t done enough research.

If you want to jump in and drive cross country then an unknown bus is not for you. Even with mechanical ability and a credit card.

If your objective is really to drive cross country in a VW without rebuilding it first then perhaps look at a Eurovan?

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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by Ronin10 » Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:01 am

omacdon2 wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 5:31 am
I also found this one https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/46019689 , more expensive but sick looking
Looks like someone is looking to recover the cost of paint and suspension work. $14k is way out of line for an asking price given the mods and condition of the metal, IMO. And for a cross country trip, I don't think you're going to want anything other than the stock suspension.

As for the Westy, $9k with that back end? No way! I paid about that for mine a couple years ago and the body was in really good shape other than the automatic bad areas (nose where the spare tire gets mounted and battery tray).

Don't let your enthusiasm and high asking prices let you get suckered. Be leary of buying anything from parts of the country that use salt on their roads in the winter (especially if the paint looks new). Patience is the key to getting a good candidates to come along. Long story short, if you can afford $14k for a bus, you can do A LOT better than these options.
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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by Amskeptic » Fri Oct 05, 2018 8:17 pm

Ronin10 wrote:
Fri Oct 05, 2018 9:01 am
Patience is the key to getting a good candidate to come along.
Long story short, if you can afford $14k for a bus, you can do A LOT better than these options.

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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by zabo » Sat Oct 06, 2018 6:12 am

I agree there are a lot better busses for 14k. But hey if you find one that runs well and you are up for learning about how to keep i going- go for it. I wouldn’t worry too much about it. sounds like your up for an adventure.
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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by omacdon2 » Mon Oct 08, 2018 10:53 am

What about this one I found in Cali https://www.carsforsale.com/vehicle/details/47733342
It's still for sale, the guy told me and in "perfect working condition."
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Post by 71whitewesty » Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:09 pm

Ad says it’s sold. Otherwise looked like a great deal. But still not sure I’d drive it across country without a full check up. Those other two you posted are not good deals.
Where are you located? Best to get someone with experience involved and keep asking questions. Lots of great info on here and helpful folks.
Good luck in your search.

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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by Amskeptic » Mon Oct 08, 2018 8:38 pm

71whitewesty wrote:
Mon Oct 08, 2018 3:09 pm
Ad says it’s sold. Otherwise looked like a great deal. But still not sure I’d drive it across country without a full check up. Those other two you posted are not good deals.
Where are you located? Best to get someone with experience involved and keep asking questions. Lots of great info on here and helpful folks.
Good luck in your search.

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Chloe - 1970 bus . . . . . . . . . . . 206,787 miles
Naranja - 1977 Westfalia . . . . . 91 414 miles
Pluck - 1973 Squareback . . . . . 55,510 miles
Alexus - 1991 Lexus LS400 . . . 72,113 miles

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