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dobryan Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:35 pm

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

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

Imperial years correction.


Metric years. 0.62 to 1.00 is just about right.

calo1956 Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:50 am

I just celebrated 40 years this past October 17! I forget my own kids birthdays, but never the day i drove my brand new Westafila off the dealer lot!

designer Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:48 am

Ahwahnee wrote: 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.



very cool. Only 6 years on current Bus.

jmillsj Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:13 am

Bought my current 85 in December of 1995. Expect to be buried in it.

crukab Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:39 pm



We bought the '91 carat in '98.



We bought the '86 Doka in '02

tjet Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:14 pm

Around 5 years now. I joined the samba right after I won this beauty on ebay for $1500...


Eric_Taylor Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:32 pm

Four years for me. Mine definitely has over 300,000 and the prior owner was similar to a lot of those on here that owned them forever. He would have kept it longer, but passed away. I think it was his plan to own it until he died, and that's what happened.

I honestly cannot ever see getting rid of it. I drove it to the store last night and thought about how cars in general are headed in such a different direction that it makes this old van even more enjoyable. It's becoming more and more a piece of history, yet one that you can keep driving as much as you like as there is so much support for them now. I love it. Other cars just aren't like this. I've been through a string of other cars over the past 5 years and the van is the only one I never think about selling. There's no replacement and that's evidenced by all these long term owners.

khughes Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:56 pm

Eric_Taylor wrote: Four years for me. Mine definitely has over 300,000 and the prior owner was similar to a lot of those on here that owned them forever. He would have kept it longer, but passed away. I think it was his plan to own it until he died, and that's what happened.

Indeed. I'm thinking about being buried in mine, but then I think, hell that's depriving someone else of the chance for a sweet ride (and creating a new Westy addict). In the end, I reckon my wife will decide, 'cause it ain't going until I do! My first Bus ('68 with sunroof) had over 400K when I sold it to buy a '78 Westy. My '86 only has about 270K, with around 10K on the current drive train.

Non-Vanagoners usually don't get it, and can't understand why I drive a 30+ year old vehicle. Always tell them, I can afford to drive anything I want...and I do, a 33-year old Westy!

84Cabby82Westy Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:07 am

Bought mine from the 1st owner in 1996. At almost 24 years, I thought I'd owned mine for a long time until I read through this thread.

Brought my 6 year old home from the hospital in it when she was born and she helps me keep it clean and fix minor stuff. We discussed getting something a little bigger with a bathroom, but she's made it very clear that she's going to be the 3rd owner and I had better continue to take good care of it.

Eric_Taylor Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:28 am

84Cabby82Westy wrote:

Brought my 6 year old home from the hospital in it when she was born.

That's great. Our daughter was born in June and I made a couple jokes about doing that and the look on my wife's face was an intense NO. Safety does not compare to her Tiguan, but It was also a very short drive. Oh well....

plummerdesign Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:35 pm

My favorite post here is from Nuthin2it. Original owner and has seen the vehicle to 300k miles over every kind of road possible. 35 years with one of these is truly like having another family member. Ball joints, like knees wear out. Steering boots tear, like outgrowing tennis shoes. Engines go like...well let's not go there : )
And sometimes BOOM! There be fire in the belly!
Keep on tending that camper! You got this lifestyle dialed.
: )

gonewesty4good Fri Feb 21, 2020 7:58 pm

My now wife and I purchased our 1985 Westy Weekender on Halloween, Oct 31, 2003 from the second owner in Carpinteria, CA. She worked for Channel Islands surfboards and when she told us she had lent our van to Kelly Slater and Rob Machado for a OR roadtrip when they were teenagers, we were sold. :lol:

My wife and I have seen all the National Parks including in the western US, western Canada and were engaged/eloped on a trip in it in 2012. We now have three children who absolutely love our van: 1, 3 and 6: glad we got a weekender with the three wide bench seat! :D :)

Fully intend on owning it throughout my lifetime and beyond. It's a great, challenging hobby that always keeps me motivated to learn more in the end. :van_brown:


BANFF NP 2012

1988M5 Fri Feb 21, 2020 8:45 pm

These stories are inspirational, thanks all contributors..

BK

SyncroHead Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:19 pm

29 yeas now with my '87 Syncro bought in 1991 from a Chevy dealer in Pasadena, CA. I still have the original paper ad from the Auto-Trader I found it in.

It was missing the cushion over the engine. I found some papers in the van with the original owner's information on them. I called them and asked abut the cushion. They found it up on the rafters in their garage never used and I was able to drop by their home and pick it up. They were happy to see me with their van.

I bet the 1991 Suburban they traded it in for has long since met it's demise, while the old Syncro is still having new adventures! :D

Jim

mdub Fri Feb 21, 2020 9:32 pm

All these super long ownership stories are awesome! I'm just over 2 months with my syncro and looking forward to making many memories in this thing. I just wish I could have started with a new one decades ago, but I guess when a vehicle or anything for that matter starts to get this old, it's interesting to think of yourself as more of a steward of an object that had a long life before you owned it, and will hopefully have a long life after your time with it.

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Interstellar Overdrive Sat Feb 22, 2020 1:13 am

My dad bought a 1987 Tin top Wolfsburg Edition in 1997 from a co-worker, who I believe was the original owner. The engine ended up breaking down in 2005 and was just sitting there for about 12 years, until we decided on doing a full restoration 3 years ago and now is running strong!

I recently also bought myself a 1987, but a Westfalia camper back in September. Hoping on keeping it for a very long time this one!

campism Sat Feb 22, 2020 6:10 am

Welcome! Nice van. We need more pix.
mdub wrote: All these super long ownership stories are awesome! I'm just over 2 months with my syncro and looking forward to making many memories in this thing. I just wish I could have started with a new one decades ago, but I guess when a vehicle or anything for that matter starts to get this old, it's interesting to think of yourself as more of a steward of an object that had a long life before you owned it, and will hopefully have a long life after your time with it.

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bjrogers86auto Sat Feb 22, 2020 7:15 am

October 6th 2008, 11 years, 4 months, 16 days, 11 hours and counting.

This summer may see us hit 100k Kms since we bought the van.

Brian

connorsvw2 Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:57 am

27 years this spring. 10 under 1.9 WBX power, and 17 years under Subie 2.5 power. Just had a full body restoration last spring. Now for GTI Recaros and electric upgrades!

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BulliBill Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:42 am



I bought this 1987 automatic transmission Vanagon 2WD Westfalia Camper GL back in 1993 (already had a '67 Split-windshield Westy SO-42 Campmobile) from an elderly seller only 1/4 mile from my neighborhood. Strangely I had never seen it around my neck of the woods as they kept it garaged most of its life with them. It was their retirement trip/vacation third vehicle and had only 17,000 miles on her. My wife and I currently have only 70.000 miles on her after owning it for the past 27 years. Then again, I do own eight Volkswagens, so my mileage gets spread around all the old VWs! While I've tried not to over-accessorize and keep her close to stock, I've added the five Carat mag wheels, one of the last available VW dealership trailer hitches (super robust!) from a Vancouver, Canada VW dealership, a Westfalia sliding door snap-in mosquito screen, a Westfalia storage/potty box and a few other goodies.



We love this 33 year old Camper GL and I've kept up on the maintenance.
So far I've refreshed the FI hoses twice, replaced the water pump, rebuilt the rear brakes and religiously changed the oil/filter. As a sort of "pre-retirement present" for myself and the Van, I just dropped a pile of money gathering up all the parts and pieces to replace every one of the original factory installed coolant system rubber hoses, the old coolant junction tower, the original radiator, a the return-to-tank fuel hard line, the tank vent hoses/seals, the fresh water line to the sink, etc. All of those original items are still working fine, but it's a few jobs that are long overdue! I'll also install the GW AT gear oil cooler kit, and install new stainless steel hard pipes, a complete headlight adjuster kit, and a complete new GW Manchester LP tank. Several big jobs ahead this Spring, but I think I can handle it just fine...



Bill Bowman



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