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90Doka_Guy Thu Oct 31, 2019 1:57 pm

I have had my doka for 3 years this thanksgiving.

My Vanagon, I have been driving for 14 years but have technically only owned it for 7. My parents bought it brand new in 1990 and it has been in my life for all but 3 years. Its due to hit 300K this spring.

jimf909 Thu Oct 31, 2019 2:38 pm

1985 Westy: purchased 1997, sold 2014 = 17 years
1990 Westy: purchased 2014, still own it = 6 1/2 years

Nearly half my life owning a Vanagon. I owned a Bay for little over a year in 1991 and a GMC van for a few years before that (Moved to Seattle in it with two bmw motorcycles, a girlfriend and two cats. I still have one of the bikes.)

Fun question!

riceye Thu Oct 31, 2019 3:13 pm

I've had the pleasure of owning our 1987 Westy half camper for just over 25 years. We got her in January of 1994. Before that was a 1983-1/2 tin top with an enormous sun roof that we purchased several years earlier.

While I do miss the sun roof, the van had many quirky issues (I was still quite ignorant and the internet wasn't very helpful at that time) and the bench seat did not fold into a bed. The 1987 was a tremendous upgrade.

Love My Westy Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:11 pm

33 years, 1986 Westy Basic Camper (Weekender) bought brand new in Nov. '86.
Only used as a tripping vehicle and spends the rest of its' life in the garage. It has 164,000 miles and is still running great on the original 2.1 and original tranny.

82westyrabbit Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:28 pm

I moved into my van when I divorced my first wife. I ran a business out of it for a few years. I married my second wife in the van over 25 years. I donít think life existed before the van🤔John

dplumtree Thu Oct 31, 2019 6:43 pm

1990 full camper 2nd owner. bought in 2009 so 10 years of adventures and the hope for many more.

ajdenette Thu Oct 31, 2019 7:27 pm

Well the Westy I am driving these days My Grand parents picked up brand new in 85 in Germany I remember riding in it some before it blew the head gasket it went into the barn some time around 1994. I tried to do the head gaskets in High school in 2004 but did not seat the push rods right and could not get it to start it sat in the barn until 2017 when it was time to pull it out again and bring it to my house. now I drive it tons after the work of getting it back out on the open road. My 1990 Syncro My mother purchased brand new over the phone on a credit card and drove it until 1999 it sat around my parents house for a while before being set to a mechanic where it spent 3 more years sitting before we got it back and in 2004 it became my van and has been since. the Doka I just picked up in February and have a long way to go before I am driving that. The last Vanagon to talk about is the 1987 Westy that my grand parents again picked up brand new in Germany to tour Europe for the summer with and were un able to sell either the 85 or the 87 for what they wanted it sat next to the barn from 1987 until 1994 when it was put on the road when the 85 blew a head gasket and my grand parents drove and camped in until this year when it moved on to my Parents.

msinabottle Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:19 pm

I bought Winston on September 5, 2005. The good times don't seem as long as the calendar shows that they were...

Best!

SyncroHead Thu Oct 31, 2019 9:36 pm

82westyrabbit wrote: ... I married my second wife in the van ...

That's a fun wedding! :roll: :lol:

Pictures?

Jim

82westyrabbit Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:13 am

No that was before I phones and digital cameras. I wasnít convinced getting married a second time was a good idea. But I left Vermont for Florida with $500 got married bought wedding rings and a honeymoon and came back with some change so I figured it was going to be alright. My dog said she could stay because the food got better when she showed up. Itís been over 25 years one kid and 4 dogs later John

Abscate Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:39 am

82westyrabbit wrote: No that was before I phones and digital cameras. I wasnít convinced getting married a second time was a good idea. But I left Vermont for Florida with $500 got married bought wedding rings and a honeymoon and came back with some change so I figured it was going to be alright. My dog said she could stay because the food got better when she showed up. Itís been over 25 years one kid and 4 dogs later John

At least you didnít buy a ring and a pinion.

Congrats. I owned my last Vanagon,the tip top diesel ,from 1987 to 2000. I still miss her, beautiful white on blue , 30 mpg, and beautiful heat in conservative and cold Ithaca NY.


jimf909 Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:04 am

82westyrabbit wrote: I moved into my van when I divorced my first wife. I ran a business out of it for a few years. I married my second wife in the van over 25 years. I donít think life existed before the van🤔John

I've always enjoyed your updates in your build thread.

It's good to see a van go from storage to camping. Now there's more backstory. Well done.

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Atadloco Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:37 am

Newbie to the group with my current van. 87 Syncro I got in 2015.

chachi Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:40 am

only four years on this vanagon, but previous vanagon was a few years too and iíve had the bus for 15 now.

izzydog Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:53 pm

36 years. Bought it in 1993. Was looking for a Westy camper. Answered an ad for something called a "Syncro". Had no idea what that meant. Ended up with a Syncro that I had no idea even existed. 8)

Ahwahnee Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:58 pm

izzydog wrote: 36 years. Bought it in 1993...

https://www.google.com/search?q=2019-1993&oq=2...p;ie=UTF-8

jimf909 Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:05 pm

Ahwahnee wrote: izzydog wrote: 36 years. Bought it in 1993...

https://www.google.com/search?q=2019-1993&oq=2...p;ie=UTF-8

:D :lol: :D

0to60in6min Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:36 pm

Quote: 36 years. Bought it in 1993

10 years of planning and research were added... Good Planning... :D

Igeo Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:59 pm

Wow. Several hundred years for you guys combined!
Just 1 year for us, but already some good times. Love working on it too!

Abscate Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:09 pm

0to60in6min wrote: Quote: 36 years. Bought it in 1993

10 years of planning and research were added... Good Planning... :D

Imperial years correction.



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