I think I should sell this van. I'll regret it cos I'll never find or afford one like it again, but it doesn't make sense for me to keep it at the moment. I've lost my storage so I'm having to cut back on vehicles, and I probably should use the Abarth that I'm paying finance on rather than this. This van is my daily, nothing brings a bigger smile to my face than jumping in it on a morning and razzing to work. It's great to drive, goes pretty well and handles better than it really should too.
It's an absolutely top of the line Caravelle - PAS, Auto, Square lights, big electric mirrors, Captains Seats, revcounter, rear heater, opening quarterlights - all the good bits that I spent years trying to find to put on my other van. Everything works, apart from the electric mirrors.
It's very very solid, but through some miscommunications by a previous owner (A VW magazine), the van was sanded down and painted up to promote a VW show. This has all been buffed off, but it does need a respray really. Back arches are a bit bubbly but saveable, other than that it's got no actual rust - seams are generally very good. Cab doors/slider are mint. Tailgate is OK but another is supplied. Window surrounds all perfect. Never had any paint, filler or welding - very original.
The 2.1 injection 112 bhp engine is a good one, starts/runs/idles/drives perfect. Slight oil weep from the oil cooler, probably needs an O ring but it's not bad enough to worry over unless you've got a new block paved driveway. I use it every day. None of the usual flat spots/iffy running/bad idle you'd get with these.
Auto box works perfect too. Smooth changes, no issues. PAS absolutely transforms the van compared to others I've driven.
New wishbones, Bilstein shocks and Eibach springs all round. I think they are lowered springs, but it's lovely to drive.
Interior is all there and in decent nick for the most. Passenger seat is missing an armrest. Decent Blaupunkt speakers all round and a bluetooth head unit.
Bad points: If you put more than £55 of petrol in it, it smells like petrol for a bit. I presume the breather O rings on the top of the tank are perished. Minor oil leak. No key for the sliding door.
I bought it fairly well but I've spent quite a lot on it (I had to replace the engine!) so I'm taking a bit of a loss at £3500 ish. It's up here before ebay because I like people on here.
I'm Chesterfield, M1 J29A. It's got about 6 months MOT on it but passed the last one without any advisories.