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1986 Westfalia Vanagon GL Automatic   Price: $16000
We are selling our beloved 1986 Westfalia Vanagon GL Automatic Camper with 175,300 miles on it. We have had the van for the past 5+ years and taken it on many shorter camping trips around New England, as well as 2 long haul trips (3000+ miles each) to Canada with no issues whatsoever. It has been a very solid and reliable van, and we have done a number of major and minor repairs/upgrades to it. It certainly isn’t perfect, but it’s also 36 years old. From a mechanical perspective, this van has not let us down. It could use some exterior panel work and a paint job. We have had a great time with it, but it’s time to pass the torch to the next shepherd.

Some of the key repairs and upgrades include: fuel line replacement (2017), fuel tank reseal (2016), pop top, luggage rack, engine bay and skylight reseals (2017), new throttle body (2017 [TPS is currently not plugged in and not working, but van drives fine without it]), new front brake pads and rotors (2018), new upper ball joints on both sides (2018), right front and rear inner and outer wheel bearings and rotor seal (2018), front end alignment (2018), new Nokian 15” tires (2018), exhaust work including new crossover pipe (2018), new curtains (2019), new custom Pendleton interior panels (2019), truck mirrors (2019 [definitely one of the best upgrades we made!]), ‘jail bars’ in rear hatch (2019), new idle stabilization unit (2019), new grounding straps and trees (2019), new battery (2021), new pop top and luggage rack paint and decals (2021), and a 2” GoWesty mattress topper for lower bunk (2016). New wiring to oil pressure switches and VW mechanic check-up (2021). Includes pop top lift assist (although only on one side, but it still works well), trailer/bike rack hitch, Yakima Wide Body racks, 15” South African-style wheels, CD/aux/radio stereo, and both tables (!). Fridge works well (!) on both shore power and battery (no propane power) and propane range fires nicely on both burners. Upholstery is in great shape for the age of the van. Includes lots of spare parts (fuel pump, O2 sensor, brake pads), Haynes and Bentley manuals, tow rope, and basic toolkit. MA inspection good until September 2021. We have the service records, including some from previous owners. We also have the original curtains and rear bug net (with some minor tears in it), and mirrors that we will pass along as original parts. We will also include a Yakima bike rack.

Some blemishes and hiccups include: tent is totally serviceable, but could certainly stand to be replaced, has been painted at least twice (not by us!) and current paint job could use a refresh, some seam rust in the usual spots. Can have a high idle, but I suspect this has something to do with the TPS, not sure about water system (we never used it, but the pump runs; will include the GoWesty ‘refresh kit’), some of the dash switches/sliders for the heat are a bit stiff/stuck, a few dents and dings (again, not our fault!), reverse lights are intermittent, but that should be an easy fix with some attention to the park/neutral switch, A/C is likely not working (belt is off, never tried it).

This van has low miles for its age (don’t see too many under 200K), a reliable automatic transmission, and a great sounding engine! We’ve never driven the van in the winter (and all previous owners said the same thing) -- it has served very us well as an adventuremobile! All in all, a great van that we will miss dearly. Open to reasonable offers.
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