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Nuthin2It Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:47 am

Today marks that day that I have owned my 1985 Westfalia for my life. I bought it 34 years and 10 months ago. It's hard to imagine how different things would have been had I not decided to buy that steel box so many years ago.

Last month we reached another milestone: the odometer turned 300,000 miles. I particularly like the fact that it happened a couple of hundred miles east of Seattle on a 7,000 mile round trip from metro Atlanta.

How long have you owned your Vanagon?

dobryan Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:49 am

1971 Bus 22 years (RIP)
1987 9 years (RIP)
1987 11 years (current ride)
Been driving a bus since 1977...

Gnarlodious Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:09 am

19 years. Got it for free from my parents just to haul it away, it was dead and parked in their yard for 6 years. Put a rebuild engine in it and have lived in it ever since.

syncroserge Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:31 am

Nuthin2It wrote: It's hard to imagine how different things would have been had I not decided to buy that steel box so many years ago.?

x10 on that

Bought our syncro westy new in june of '91...after the one we got new in june '89 was over 28 years now.

So I am also at the half my life has had on Vanagon in it..

'91 has 365 000 miles on it..combined mileage of both vans ~ 390 000 miles.

Wife retires from teaching in a couple of years..plan was always to go full time in the van then.

This will start with a +30 year old vehicle with ~ 400 000 miles on it...that idea did not sound so goofy when I was younger :lol:

Zeitgeist 13 Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:32 am

1989 Bluestar -- 15 years

ZsZ Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:35 am

just got it since 2006 so for 13 years.
I was 24 so almost for third of my life I am a vanagon owner :D

VdubVanner Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:41 am

1989 Westy, 25 years and counting as second owner. It's currently being resurrected/renovated to last me out as my final ride.

kamzcab86 Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:34 am

Brought it home February 2010
Fourth owner
Currently at 195,000 miles

silversync Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:47 am

Bought an '89 Bluestar new and it was our family car for 10 years.
Now an '89 Syncro for 14 years.

Really cool to see so many very long-time owners.

shadetreemech Thu Oct 31, 2019 8:50 am

My wife and I bought an '84 GL in '90 from the original owners with 60K on it. We each had kids and were expecting one of our own. It was her daily driver until 2005 when a burnt valve and years spent underneath and bent over the engine compartment said it was time for another car. Got her a 2001 Volvo V70 T5. Not sure what it is about me and vehicles that demand attention. Still have the '84 after 29 years and an additional 135K miles. Still have the Volvo, too.

Bought an '88 Westy in September of last year as part of my therapy after my wife passed away. The therapy's working! I recently recruited a Co-Pilot/Navigator. She'll be with me in the Westy next week in Joshua Tree for my 68th Birthday and doesn't mind being in a Van with my wife's name on it. So, I've had the Westy all of a year and a bit.

The '84 is starting to look a lot like a Donor Van.


Ahwahnee Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:34 am

30 years with ours and still enjoy every trip in it.

We completed the first Moon Unit two years ago and are now 10% of the way back to Earth.

heidi85ho Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:14 am

Purchased in 1990
Replaced engine at 160,000 with vw factory rebuilt 1.9
Replaced engine at 400,000 with FAS genV jetta 2.0
Heading for half a million miles!

SyncroButter Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:24 am

Syncro Westy since January 2016, Tristar Doka since August 2018.

bobbyblack Thu Oct 31, 2019 10:32 am

1970 Beetle in '82, did a pan-off that didn't last, but the engine came out and went into a '67 Westy SO42 that I traded in 2015 for Flossie my '87 full Westy. So, technically, just 4 years. Spiritually though, I guess a long time. Sure, there were others that came and went, but my daily drive Westy's have always held my heart :-) Haven't been without at least one Westy since '86!!

jwallace Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:04 am

30 years

Picked it up new in June of 1989 from Campbell Nelson VW in Edmonds. I just wish I had thought to take a picture!

PDXWesty Thu Oct 31, 2019 11:07 am

1977 Riviera Camper 1995-2002
1989 Vanagon Westy 2002-2006 (totaled)
1989 Vanagon Westy 2006-present

Total ownership 25 years

jlrftype7 Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:13 pm

Hah, I'm the Baby in this group.... 1 year and 1 month, and counting.....It just feels like Dog Years with all the renovation work to bring the Bus back to full health... :wink:

SCM Thu Oct 31, 2019 12:24 pm

jlrftype7 wrote: Hah, I'm the Baby in this group.... 1 year and 1 month,

Gosh, at 9 years (this month), you're the only one in this group that I beat!

Wolfram Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:06 pm

December 2001>
So ~18 years.
291,000 miles.

khughes Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:14 pm

'68 Bus, 4 years (off to another owner)
'78 Westy, 6 years (self-immolated :x )
'86 Westy, 27 years and counting. Bought at 95K with head reseal, Tiico conversion 100K later, FAS GenV NA 50K later, Turbo added after 10K.

Also can't imagine a bus-free life anymore, not after 40 years. Reckon we're all nuts :lol:

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