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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by TrollFromDownBelow » Thu Feb 07, 2019 9:23 pm

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If you are saying the bus in FL is a texas bus( The MI bus was Texas also) then it will cost them about $400 or so to register it according to google. To be frank, that's on them, it should be part of the negotiation process that they've proven they have done it prior to any financial transaction. If they are not willing to do that, then walk away.
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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by tommu » Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:12 am

Did you broach the topic of them registering before you purchase? The fact Colin is in town makes this a potentially good situation.

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Post by omacdon2 » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:09 pm

Hmm true. I would just need to figure out a way to get down there since work/school is pretty busy at the moment. The most ideal thing would be if it was a bit closer and a bit cheaper since 10k is my absolute max, but if it's a really good bus... Colin, should I go ahead and contact the guy for you to check it out? Are you still in the area?

I also saw this one in West Virginia. It doesn't have the stove/camping interior though. https://www.thesamba.com/vw/classifieds ... id=2244980

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Post by TrollFromDownBelow » Sat Feb 09, 2019 8:36 pm

Almost anything in life is a set of compromises. :) The bus in WV seems to have many of the mechanical bits sorted which you seemed most worried about. If you are looking for a bus to take that epic trip in, would not be worried about it missing a stove...throw a Colman stove in their and call it good. Although I would ask if he has all of the interior panels...not that they can't be fabricated, but it would make things easier if they have them. I can tell you that the bus will be MUCH noisier without them.

As for the FL bus, FWIW, you can get a cheap ticket on Spirit and drive it back if it is drive worthy.
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Re: VW Bus Buying Advice

Post by tommu » Mon Feb 11, 2019 10:36 am

There's this post here:
https://www.thesamba.com/vw/forum/viewt ... p?t=714107
If it's as described it'll go quick.

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Post by omacdon2 » Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:40 pm

Wow that bus looks pristine! That looks like my dream bus, thanks for this. I will ask some further questions.

And here's the owner's reply for the West Virginia bus...

I've owned the bus for roughly three years. The reliability is solid, I've taken it to North Carolina twice (13 hours one way) and many other shorter trips with no problems. One of those NC trips was in 97 degree weather and Sweet Green still ran fine. The engine rebuild was done by the last owner at a shop in New York, I have the paper work, its the original engine (2.0 FI) but tore down and all faulty parts replaced. Rubber seals? I'm guessing weather stripping (doors, engine bay) their rough but I haven't had any issues. The tires have 80% tread, no cracking, last owner put them on. Yes, it has West Virginia inspection but expired I think 6 months ago, haven't renewed since I planned on selling. Any other questions let me know.

And the reply from the stunning Iowa bus: Haven’t completely decided to sell just yet. Little to no rust, the window and door seals were replaced in 2000. The quality of replacement door rubber was pretty bad, so they are probably all due for replacement. The two front window rubber is also all due for replacement, but all the rest of the window rubber should be fine. Tires are pretty low miles, but are probably getting old enough to need replacement. Engine is a 1600cc dual port with 20,000ish miles. All the parts are there and excellent quality.....probably could use a seal refresh to cure some oil leaks. The engine runs very good and very cool. Brakes need gone thru, as does some steering/suspension stuff. I don’t think I would jump right in and drive her that distance....it needs some work before she’d be ready for that.

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