1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Camper Newly Rebuilt Eng Price: 27,900
Vehicle/Year: 1989 Volkswagen Vanagon Campmobile
Mileage: 185K (Engine/Transmission Rebuilt at 150K so just 30K miles after rebuild!!)
License Plate Tags: Good through May 2019 (passed DEQ in May 2017)
Buying her was the best decision we ever made; selling her is the hardest. She has taken us from Portland, OR to Portland, Maine, up to Acadia National Park, down the Adirondacks, through the Smoky Mountains, tackled Glacier and Banff, was chased by Bison in the Badlands, wondered in Yellowstone, drove through tiny openings in massive rock sculptures on the Needles Highway, played in the Grand Tetons, glided through grasslands, and slowly wound her way up the western coastline on highways 1 and 101. Most importantly, she did all that, and much more, with only just one small hiccup (a coolant hose which was quickly replaced).
Meet Tortuga. When we first purchased her in June 2016, we planned to sell her immediately after our cross-country trip. However, as we travelled the U.S. and had so many shared experiences, we simply fell in love with her. So we kept her for an additional year for shorter local trips and put off selling her all the while continuing to invest in her with regular maintenance and work to ensure she has a long life ahead of her. But now it is simply time to do what we promised ourselves when we first purchased her finish the trip and pass her on to a the next adventurer.
Shes not done exploring yet and has a lot of life in her - weve made sure of that. Since April 2016, she has had $19,148.85 of work starting with a complete Engine and Transmission rebuild (a complete list of work done is noted below).
Work done in April 2016 (receipts available) just before our purchase:
Engine Rebuild 150K Miles at Rebuild (she is currently at 185K miles)
New Cooling Components installed
Upper Control Arm Bushing and Outer Tie Rods replaced
Replaced Clutch Assembly
Engine Main Seal Replaced
New Auxiliary Fan Assembly
Full Tune-Up Parts Installed
Front Brake Pads, Rotors, Calipers, Brake Hoses, Wheel Bearing alignment
Transmission Gear Oil
Hancook Tires Installed
Rhino Liner added around bottom of body for added protection and great look
Work completed since our purchase in June 2016 (also with receipts):
Full Coolant Flush with Blue Vanagon Antifreeze
C/V Boots and Joints replaced (all four done)
Replaced Axle seal and Drive Cover (Driver side)
Installed Heavy Duty Bilstein Shocks (both front and back)
Replaced Water Pump
Fuel Lines/Filter replaced
Break lines replaced with GoWesty Stainless Steal
GoWesty Fresh water lines replacement, Sink P-Trap Drain, and Shurflo Faucet installed
Power steering hose replaced
Two more new tires
Transmission fluid changed after our long trip
Auxiliary Battery Installed with a Deep Cycle battery (Auxiliary Kit from GoWesty; battery from other source) and a convertor so you can plug in via USB or standard plug (like in your home).
10ft Fiamma Awning and Road Shower Installed
New heavier curtains made for added privacy (we still have the original curtains)
Skylight vent resealed
Hookup Decals added
Power Mirror Glass replaced (was cracked on passenger side)
Heavy Duty Floor Mats added (front and center area)
Regular oil changes
Additional new parts/items on hand, not installed, but included in the price:
Warn Flood Lights
GoWesty Alternator Harness
Front Brake Pads (when I pulled the front wheels off a few months ago, they werent needed)
Vent Wing Window Seal (extra part not currently needed; it was purchased when we had a mechanic replace one of the wing windows, but he said the existing seal was in good shape and he didnt need to replace)
Bentley Manual (Hard Cover)
She does need a gas tank reseal. We have purchased the GoWesty reseal kit (included with the vehicle purchase), but have not yet had it installed. If purchased at full price, we will pay to have this installed professionally for you. If you prefer to do the work yourself, we will negotiate the price down to compensate for the labor cost. She is totally fine to drive without having this done, but you will want to fill the tank to just Ύ in order to avoid any unwanted venting.
The fridge works on battery, but to be honest, it isnt great. In fact, weve never used it (these fridges are notoriously ineffective). We never even bothered to try running it on propane. Instead, we used a Yeti cooler for our travels. I do have the Dometic Service Manual for the refrigerator if you really want to get it going in top form. However, given what weve read about them and how ineffective they are, we didnt think it would be worth the time.
I know this sounds silly, but she has been our baby. She has been garaged and out of the elements (when not traveling since we purchased her). We never push her over 65 miles per hour. We dont even run the A/C (which works). We closed the pop-top when it rained, or when there was high wind, so there is zero damage to the three window canvas and no mold. We even spent nearly $500 to get her detailed just this month. Goodness. The list can go on.
At this point, in our opinion she is ready to hit the road again. For any of you who will be a first time Vanagon owner, you are at the beginning of a great adventure that will fill your life with many lifelong memories, but please know that these vehicles do require TLC (despite the large amount of work and maintenance done, it is still a 29 year old vehicle and requires an attentive owner she will treat you well if you do the same) and patience (mountain passes are slow going just enjoy the scenery!). It truly is a lifestyle!
This price is firm. We will be patient. As indicated above we will be taking a slight loss, given the amount of work put in. Please do not waste either of our times unless you are a serious buyer.
Feel free to reach-out to me with any questions you may have. I can be reached directly at 503-544-2167.