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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:28 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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....
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PostPosted: Sun Nov 03, 2019 8:07 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 7:56 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:32 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 2:14 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 1:39 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 9:13 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

Bought my current 85 in December of 1995. Expect to be buried in it.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 8:48 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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.

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very cool. Only 6 years on current Bus.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 02, 2019 6:50 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:35 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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36 years. Bought it in 1993


10 years of planning and research were added... Good Planning... Very Happy


Imperial years correction.



Metric years. 0.62 to 1.00 is just about right.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:09 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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36 years. Bought it in 1993


10 years of planning and research were added... Good Planning... Very Happy


Imperial years correction.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:59 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

Wow. Several hundred years for you guys combined!
Just 1 year for us, but already some good times. Love working on it too!
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:36 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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36 years. Bought it in 1993


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:05 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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


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


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:58 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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36 years. Bought it in 1993...


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 5:53 pm    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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. Cool
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 8:40 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

only four years on this vanagon, but previous vanagon was a few years too and iíve had the bus for 15 now.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:37 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

Newbie to the group with my current van. 87 Syncro I got in 2015.
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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 6:04 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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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PostPosted: Fri Nov 01, 2019 4:39 am    Post subject: Re: How Long Have You Owned Yours? Reply with quote

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.

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