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Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 08:34AM
This is one of the best if not the best vehicle I have ever owned and I have owned many. Just hit 300,000 on my 2002 VW Eurovan Weekender. Even though it has a rear seat that can change into a bed and a table and small cooler, I use it as my everyday driver since it's pretty small overall. I don't want to jinx it, but the V6 24 valve engine is still running like new with a fresh oil change every 3-3500 miles. If I ever notice any changes in running or driving, I take it in to be looked at and fixed if need be. The body and suspension is still solid with no creaking or cracking. I hope to keep it for a while yet, love this van.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: Lux Interior
Date: November 08, 2018 08:35AM
If it's rockin' we won't come a knockin'
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 08, 2018 08:42AM
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: cbelt3
Date: November 08, 2018 08:57AM
Rad van, man ! how many surfboards does it fit on the roof ?
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 08, 2018 09:01AM
Cool! I'm curious to know what has been repaired or replaced.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 08, 2018 09:18AM
...congrats....!!

....hit it, then quit it.......



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 08, 2018 09:22AM
Far out, man
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 10:11AM
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2003 was the last year VW exported to US. They still make this van in Germany and I wish they would send them here, I would buy a new one if/when this one dies.



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 10:12AM
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Rad van, man ! how many surfboards does it fit on the roof ?

Never had a surfboard on top but two kayaks fit nicely.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 10:16AM
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Cool! I'm curious to know what has been repaired or replaced.

New tires twice, brake job twice, exhaust system twice, one starter, one alternator, one AC compressor, two serpentine belts, shocks once other than the usual oil changes and fluid flushes. Biggest costs were a torque converter and rebuilding parts of the front suspension. Overall, amortized out, not bad at all.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: Steve G.
Date: November 08, 2018 10:20AM
a classic case of 'hit-and-still-run'
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 08, 2018 10:38AM
does yours open up like this?

what is the purpose of that (besides ventilation)

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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: billb
Date: November 08, 2018 10:50AM
headroom
on the Westfalia we rented it allowed one to cook and use the sink standing up,
and there was a bed on the back half



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 08, 2018 10:53AM
.....dy....nomite......!!!



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 08, 2018 11:24AM
found this video

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pretty cool. I had no idea these even existed.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 12:09PM
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does yours open up like this?

what is the purpose of that (besides ventilation)

It does open like that. There is a bed up there that fits two people, on this model, you can lift the ceiling on the inside for more headroom, too. There was an MV version that did not have the lifting roof. Rear seat converts to bed, pop up table and a small cooler under the rear facing seat. Cool vehicle.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 08, 2018 12:10PM
....so i the van is a rockin'......???



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: Buzz
Date: November 08, 2018 12:11PM
Congrats, JWD. Our similar vintage Toyota van has 136K miles on it... I'm not planning on living long enough, at that rate, for it to hit 300K. Looks and sounds like you take proper care of your vehicle. What's its name?
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 12:17PM
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Buzz
Congrats, JWD. Our similar vintage Toyota van has 136K miles on it... I'm not planning on living long enough, at that rate, for it to hit 300K. Looks and sounds like you take proper care of your vehicle. What's its name?
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Thanks, I do take good care of it. I've never named any of my cars, we just call it the bus or van.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 12:21PM
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pretty cool. I had no idea these even existed.

It's the progression of the first VW buses. I had a '78 Westy pop top and an '85. We traveled all over the country and Canada with those two. It's called a T4 in Europe, the first bus would've been a T1, they are at the T6 version now, that's the one in the video. Alas, no plans for VW to ship any here.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 08, 2018 12:22PM
.....does it have.....'shag'.....carpeting.....???



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 08, 2018 12:39PM
I guess VW makes a reliable car once in a while!

Its great that you made it to 300k. We'd have to keep our Golf Alltrack 20 years at our current rate of milage. I think a lot of people get spooked by high milage cars when they have a lot of life in them.



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 08, 2018 12:41PM
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I guess VW makes a reliable car once in a while!

Its great that you made it to 300k. We'd have to keep our Golf Alltrack 20 years at our current rate of milage. I think a lot of people get spooked by high milage cars when they have a lot of life in them.

Thing is you can't always be sure about how well it was maintained. If it has been neglected then you might be on the hook for a lot of work right off the bat. Most people who are selling a used car have not just put in a ton of money on repairs either.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 01:04PM
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I guess VW makes a reliable car once in a while!

Its great that you made it to 300k. We'd have to keep our Golf Alltrack 20 years at our current rate of milage. I think a lot of people get spooked by high milage cars when they have a lot of life in them.

Thing is you can't always be sure about how well it was maintained. If it has been neglected then you might be on the hook for a lot of work right off the bat. Most people who are selling a used car have not just put in a ton of money on repairs either.


Agreed. I have every receipt of any work I had done, or did myself. It was $32k when new and I would still be able to get half that if I wanted to sell, which I don’t. I’m leaving on a 3000 mile trip next week and, fingers crossed, it will be uneventful mechanically speaking. I’m getting my oil changed right now and so far the mechanic has only found a tire a little low on pressure.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mrbigstuff
Date: November 08, 2018 01:15PM
I think there is soemthing to be said for a car with 200k miles or more. Namely, that everything that could go wrong has already gone wrong and been repaired. Of course, there is still wear and tear on drivetrain, bushings, bearings, etc. But I find that people don't touch these cars and as long as the drivetrain is solid, they are great deals.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: NewtonMP2100
Date: November 08, 2018 01:20PM
.....van.....ity.....??



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mattkime
Date: November 08, 2018 02:02PM
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Thing is you can't always be sure about how well it was maintained. If it has been neglected then you might be on the hook for a lot of work right off the bat. Most people who are selling a used car have not just put in a ton of money on repairs either.

Oh yeah, buying a high milage _used_ car is completely different. I was thinking about holding on to an older car.



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: testcase
Date: November 08, 2018 02:54PM
Back in the mid-1970s, I I bought a used 1972 twin-carb VW microbus. That was a great little "bus". old fogey smiley



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 03:23PM
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Back in the mid-1970s, I I bought a used 1972 twin-carb VW microbus. That was a great little "bus". old fogey smiley

Nice, that was the first year for the pancake engine. I wish I still had all of mine. Got my first one in 1968, a 1958.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: fauch
Date: November 08, 2018 04:28PM
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Cool! I'm curious to know what has been repaired or replaced.

New tires twice, brake job twice, exhaust system twice, one starter, one alternator, one AC compressor, two serpentine belts, shocks once other than the usual oil changes and fluid flushes. Biggest costs were a torque converter and rebuilding parts of the front suspension. Overall, amortized out, not bad at all.

100,000 miles out of brakes and tires? How the hell do you do that???
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: Speedy
Date: November 08, 2018 04:31PM
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Cool! I'm curious to know what has been repaired or replaced.

New tires twice, brake job twice, exhaust system twice, one starter, one alternator, one AC compressor, two serpentine belts, shocks once other than the usual oil changes and fluid flushes. Biggest costs were a torque converter and rebuilding parts of the front suspension. Overall, amortized out, not bad at all.

100,000 miles out of brakes and tires? How the hell do you do that???

By not driving like you stole it.



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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: RAMd®d
Date: November 08, 2018 05:37PM
Ooops.




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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: space-time
Date: November 08, 2018 06:17PM
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It's fractured hips that really do people in.

Ain't that the truth.

From my experience, a person fractures their hip and goes to the hospital, and then dies from infection.

I've known several instances of this dynamic, and then lost a friend a few years back to exactly the same thing.

My best friend's two daughters sneaked in to see the guy hours before he passed.

It was terribly sad.

Wrong thread.
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mstudio
Date: November 08, 2018 08:10PM
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mikebw
Cool! I'm curious to know what has been repaired or replaced.

New tires twice, brake job twice, exhaust system twice, one starter, one alternator, one AC compressor, two serpentine belts, shocks once other than the usual oil changes and fluid flushes. Biggest costs were a torque converter and rebuilding parts of the front suspension. Overall, amortized out, not bad at all.

100,000 miles out of brakes and tires? How the hell do you do that???

By not driving like you stole it.

Exactly. I have been doing a lot of traveling the last few years, also, so lots of highway miles. I also buy really good tires and get the best brakes I can. :-)
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Re: Just hit 300,000 miles on my van!
Posted by: mikebw
Date: November 09, 2018 01:32PM
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Thing is you can't always be sure about how well it was maintained. If it has been neglected then you might be on the hook for a lot of work right off the bat. Most people who are selling a used car have not just put in a ton of money on repairs either.

Oh yeah, buying a high milage _used_ car is completely different. I was thinking about holding on to an older car.

Right on, I'm totally with you on that. I'm getting close to going over 200K on my current ride, and made it to 208,000 on a previous one. Now I'm sure everyone will chime in with how far they have gone, and that's great!
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