My 1989 VW Vanagon Wolfsburg is for sale

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  1. Surfertom

    Surfertom Active Member

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    After much thought I am selling my 1989 Vanagon Wolfsburg. Thought I would give a try here before I go on to Craigslist. Read below and there is a link to pics I posted online. If interested send me a PM, post back, or email to tomgraner2@gmail.com. Never been so conflicted on selling a car :).

    Tom

    1989 Vanagon Wolfsburg - $6,000

    Photo album link:
    https://www.icloud.com/sharedalbum/#B0w5qXGF1qlzaM

    - Owned since 2003, have all records since then (+ some from before I bought it)
    - All my service done at Automeister, Manhattan Beach (since 2003) + VW owner’s manual
    - It’s a salvage, I am the 3rd owner after it was salvaged. Had never bought salvage before and found no issues with insurance
    - 156,453 miles as of photo taken :)
    - 4 speed, 2.1 engine, 90hp
    - 2nd to last year they were made, cooling system is very good; water cooled, sails up hills :)
    - power steering, power windows
    - power door locks (not functioning, using as manual)
    - AC, blows strong, needs service (have not felt the need to use)
    - Wolfsburg interior, fold up table, rear compartment light, two fold up jump seats, + 3 seat bench = 7 total seating capacity
    - rear bench folds to a bed
    - nice floor mats
    - blue metallic
    - includes Thule Racks you see in the photos
    - am/fm/cd stereo, with “bazooka” bass speaker mounted behind driver seat

    A little more about it:
    The vanagon drives great and I KNOW I will miss it. A perfect vehicle for surfing. Holds a 10’6” longboard without any problem. I had a 1981 Westfalia prior to this, air cooled, and this 1989 Wolfsburg keep up on the freeway, easily driving 65-70 with rpm in the 2500-3000 range. The clutch is nice, starts off almost by itself from a stop. I wish I had the funds to paint and get the AC back, but I am 69 years old and planning on scaling back to something with an automatic. Mechanically I have always kept it up and the records will show that.

    Bonus: VW van owners wave at you/you at them as you drive by. hahah

    Things to know that need to be done down the line:
    Unfortunately this doesn’t fit in my 1 car garage, always parked on the street, so there are some rust spots. Worst spot is on the passenger side, front window corner, which I show in the photos. There is a small cracked spot on the windshield, been stable for years. The AC quit giving me cold air years ago (blows strong though), as did the power door locks over the years, one by one. Decided not to pursue those and spend money on my family instead and I am happy with open windows to cool off and still know how to open a door with a key. :) Paint ultimately will need to be done. Window tints to refresh. Note: I have priced accordingly to discount for these details.
     
  2. shadydave

    shadydave Well-Known Member

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    Sounds like a great starting point for somebody entering the market. GLWTS, I would think that should sell quick as at that price it would even be worth shipping to the east coast.
     
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  3. bluemarlin04

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    that thing def not going to last at that price.

    nice VW
     
  4. Surfertom

    Surfertom Active Member

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    Thanks for the encouragement. :) I did try to price it fairly considering some of the things to be done. It does drive nicely and not kidding, completely conflicted and know I will miss it.
    Thanks for the nice words. Ha, if the AC was there and no rust, I would have had it much closer to 5 figures. hahah. I tried to be fair on pricing.
     
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  5. Artz

    Artz Well-Known Member

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    That looks like it would make a good van to convert to a Subaru engine.
     
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  6. bluemarlin04

    bluemarlin04 Active Member

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    Is there shops that can do that??
     
  7. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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    Yup, a popular thing to do with the buses/Type 2 too. A couple of shops out in East County do them here in San Diego.

    Check out this link and watch the video with sound on. Sounds a bit different. ;)

    https://bringatrailer.com/listing/1971-volkswagen-bus-15/

     
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    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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  9. Surfertom

    Surfertom Active Member

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    Ha. A new owner c-o-u-l-d change the engine to a Subaru, but GADs, the money spent on that could do other things. :) Each to their own. The engine on it is very smooth with pep. Drives in a relaxed state at 65-70 mph and also smoothly runs at 80 mph if needed, though I am nicer to it that that. I don't over-rev it when driving either, 2500-3000 rpm and I shift. I have owned a 63, 68, 81 and this 89 and this one is a good drive. If you've ever driven on the 405 fwy from the Valley, south up the hill to Mullholland, this car can pass others up that. (I originally bought it from a guy there and found myself laughing as I went up that hill on the way home.)

    Carry on . . .

    ST
     
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  10. SdSurferguy

    SdSurferguy Well-Known Member

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    Agree. If you want a Subaru engine buy a Subaru. Good luck with the sale!
     
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