'85 Riviera full camper Price: $16500 OBO
Ď85 Riviera $16,500 OBO
This van, Diego, has been a trooper the last 3 years and I am really torn up about selling it. I have lived in it full time for several months, driven it all over the country (34 states and 3 provinces), and parked it in the winters. The body has about 207xxx miles but the engine, a 115hp Tiico conversion, has only about 95xxx.
My circumstances have changed and I can only have one vehicle for the time being and as much as I hate it, the van really isnít the best city/winter driver. If you are at all interested, please let me know and we can talk!
I have done a lot of work on the van and had a lot more done. I have kept complete records and so did the previous owners (lots of receipts). In the last three years:
(done myself: with the help of youtube, the samba and my dad (a vanagon/doka owner for 20+ years))
-Replaced all fuel lines, seals, fuel pump and filter.
-Cleaned and rust proofed gas tank.
-Installed new defrost blower and switch.
-New radiator and rubber coolant hoses.
-Replaced both alternator wires.
-Regular oil changes every 4-5k miles with full synthetic 10w-30.
-New house batteries and new wiring for house power system.
(in a shop)
In order of being fixed, I have the receipts and mileage for all of these:
-New battery and starter
-New Left front spindle, all new front bearings.
-New catalytic converter, muffler and belts.
-New power steering rack (Twice! But the second time was under warranty and they also then put in a new pump).
-Stainless steel coolant pipes.
-New distributor cap and rotor, new spark plugs, new temp sensor.
-New windshield (nasty fist-sized rock got the old one).
-New air filter.
Other good things that the van has:
-RMW front and rear bumpers (I have been told they overwhelm the van but I like them).
-All cabinets in relatively good condition (minor wear on some of the trim and the drawer over the fridge slides open on bumpy roads).
-Two burner propane stove (I filled the 3 gallon tank when I bought the van in 2016 and have used for about 6-8 months total twice a day and have yet to refill).
-In dash navigation! (Huge selling point here, Garmin Nuvi comes with van ~$300 value)
- The speedometer went out when the front left spindle was replaced, the guy who did this job was not a VW mechanic and didnít realize the speedo was broken until after. I have been using the Garmin as the speedometer and odometer ever since. I have been EXTREMELY METICULOUS at calculating trip mileage and adding it to the vehicle total so any error in the mileage is due to GPS inaccuracies (in canyons, tall forests, etc). However, there is no official odometer reading.
-The van has a full rv hookup system that would work in a standard RV park (I have never used this because I camp in the woods, but there are hoses, extension cords and the whole works that come with the package).
-A 5-gallon water tank with hand pump to sink.
-Table that can easily be stored out of the way.
-I have a bug net for the rear door and a legitimate car cover (van cover). These are included, as are 4 levelers, a jack and lug wrench, ownerís manual, and assorted spare parts.
-The suspension probably will need some work soon. I have had this looked at (in Sept 2018) and there are no major issues but the front can be a bit squeaky if you hit a bump too fast. The rear shocks are also probably due to be replaced, one has a bit of a dent in it (I have driven on it for 3 years with no problems).
-The exhaust manifold is a bit rusty. There were two small holes that have been welded shut and not reopened in the 2.5 years since.
-The power system for the house batteries is a mess. There is a 100W solar panel on the roof that probably needs replacing. The fridge, lights, radio and inverter all work, they just arenít getting power at the moment. I just put in new batteries (these things were about $250 each) and still no go. I think that a new panel would solve the problem (one matching the system would be about $110).
-Small rust on the driverís side seam, there is a dent here that was there when I got it. The rust hasnít grown at all since I have had it.
-A few other small dings here and there, mostly just paint chipped off, no other serious dents.
-The rear window wiper and sprayer are non-functional.
-Again, the speedometer and odometer are not working.
-The pop-topÖ this thing is more dented, cracked, warped and otherwise messed up than any other pop-top I have seen. It does NOT leak however so it has been good enough for me.
-The driverís seat has a small tear in the bottom.
-The front grill has some lovely matching black duct-tape keeping some holes covered up. Again, one of those things that works just fine but looks less than ideal.
-The engine compartment. Whoever did the engine swap was fairly unprofessional about cleaning their work space. There are wires everywhere that donít connect to anything, are snipped off randomly and left dangling. I have managed to pull out a few but for the most part didnít want to disturb anything.
Overall this is an awesome van. I had a professional check over the entire van in September 2018 and other than replacing the air filter, he said it was good to go. I have solid summer tires on with roughly 20k on them. For regular highway driving, these will probably last another two years or so. I recently hit an icy patch and did a few (unintentional) 180ís so I might buy some tire chains depending on how much interest there is and how soon, these would then be included. Diego is currently located in Bend, OR but could be brought to Jackson, WY without too much trouble (depending on road conditions). More pics available if interested, please let me know.