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Table of Contents

  1. Overview
  2. Details
  3. Contact
  4. Pictures
  5. Maintenance Records

Quick Overview

Details

The van is in incredible shape mechanically and structurally. I have made sure to fix any mechanical/structural problems with the van as soon as they pop up. You can see all of my maintenance records below to see what I've done to the van, but I've made sure it stays in top working order. We've also kept the exterior and interior as clean as possible. We regularly cleaned the van while we traveled and I just recently had the van entirely detailed inside and out, which included waxing the exterior. There is a little bit of surface rust on the exterior of the van, but nothing show-stopping. I would say the van is in excellent mechanical and structural condition, and good-to-very good cosmetic condition. I truly love this van, and I have maintained it accordingly, but its lack of use lately caused me to decide to sell it so that someone else can enjoy this incredible vehicle.

The van also runs great. As I mentioned, we drove it 22,000 miles cross-country without any noteworthy problems (a few minor things did need to be addressed -- it WAS a cross-country road trip! -- those items are details below in my maintenance records). After the glow plugs do their glowing, the van starts right up.

I also have a bunch of books and manuals for the van, including the 1982 Vanagon owner's manual (in PDF), the manual on the camping equipment, and the complete Bentley manual (THE go-to resource for this vehicle).

Here's a list of more details about the van:

  • No rips in pop-top canvas (there are some minor tears in the screen).
  • Both stove-top burners, fridge, sink drain, and water pump all work. I had the propane tank filled and used it for both the stove-top burners and for the fridge.
  • Van gets over 22 miles per gallon! It's true! Check my Fuelly page: http://www.fuelly.com/driver/michaelcaruso/vanagon.
  • Reupholstered rear bench with water-resistant fabric (we kept the old fabric).
  • Replaced rubber fuel lines with Viton lines (to run biodiesel in the van). We've been running the van on ASTM-certified biodiesel, from B5 to B100. The van has run on biodiesel with no problems. Why biodiesel? Learn about this amazing petroleum-free fuel here.
  • It has Bilstein shocks on the rear wheels and heavy-duty KYB GR-2 struts on the front wheels (these were installed by a previous owner).
  • Full limo tint on the rear windows -- outsiders can't even see you inside from two feet away.
  • Installed a Yakima wide body, two-bar roof rack. There are actually three pairs of connectors, but I'm only using two sets.
  • VW OEM alloy rims with Yokahama SuperVan D-rated tires, installed less than 30,000 miles ago.
  • Upgraded driver and passenger seats with armrests.
  • I installed a new stereo with iPod/USB/Auxiliary audio hookups.
  • We added a safe with digital keypad (and key backup), bolted to the frame of the van. I have the instruction booklet to the safe.
  • I've personally changed the oil every 3,000 miles, installed only K&N oil filters and Shell Rotella 15w-40 motor oil.
  • The engine in the van is not the stock 1.6 liter diesel, but a 1.9 liter diesel. It's unclear to me what vehicle the engine comes from, but I believe it is from a VW Golf.
  • Replaced the water pump/alternator belt less than 20,000 miles ago.
  • Rear seating area has bamboo floors.
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    Pictures

    Click each picture to see a larger version. Quick disclosure: I blurred out the license plate in the pictures. I promise that's the only photoshopping done.

    Exterior

    Interior

    Contact

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    Maintenance Records

    Here is a quick list of the mechanical parts recently replaced:

    Fuelly

    Full Maintenance Records

    MPG Odometer Miles Traveled Gallons Price/Gallon Event Date Notes
    0 155325 0 0 0 12/15/11 Replaced sliding door handle (used same key pins), replaced front lower grill (all new screws and expansion nuts), added WESTFALIA sticker to rear camper top (cleaned off old, broken sticker prior to adding new sticker), and replaced broken water tank hook-up cover.
    0 155325 0 0 0 12/2/11 Got van detailed: wash, wax, interior cleaned and conditioned.
    0 155228 0 0 0 11/28/11 Replaced two rear brake wheel cylinders and drum. Fixed emergency brake. Replaced grommet on head cover (was leaking oil). Replaced gasket around oil cooler. Work was performed by Steve's Foreign Car Repair in Rockville Centre, NY.
    23.81 155192 300 12.6 3.929 11/1/11 14:24 B20 @ New Hyde Park Oil Terminal, New Hyde Park, NY
    0 154922 0 0 0 10/8/11 Oil change with Shell Rotella 15w-40 and K&N oil filter (HP-3001). Work performed upstate.
    22.353 154892 190 8.5 4.199 10/7/11 11:59 B20 @ Mirabito in Oneonta, NY
    23.846 154702 278 11.658 3.859 10/6/11 13:00 B5 @ Shell in West Chesterfield, NH
    23.59 154424 238 10.089 3.899 10/3/11 13:06 ULSD @ Mobil in Johnson, VT
    22.842 154186 284 12.433 3.899 10/2/11 13:29 ULSD @ Irving in Calabassass Valley, ME
    25.091 153902 96 3.826 4.009 10/1/11 9:24 B5 @ Maritime Farms in Rockport, ME
    21.913 153806 252 11.5 3.75 9/30/11 12:28 B99 @ Maine Biofuel in Portland, ME
    22.71 153554 118 5.196 3.819 9/27/11 16:34 B20 @ Burke's Irving in Chelsea, MA
    22.979 153436 292 12.707 3.959 9/26/11 17:44 ULSD @ Mobil in Middleton, RI
    24.293 153144 305 12.555 4.519 9/21/11 13:43 B20 @ Gulf in Croton-on-Hudson, NY
    22.222 152839 260 11.7 4.299 9/20/11 11:30 B20 @ Mirabito in Oneonta, NY
    22.948 152579 272 11.853 4.199 9/17/11 15:42 ULSD @ Aldi in Penn Yan, NY
    24.71 152307 307 12.424 4.159 9/16/11 10:33 ULSD @ Mobil in Geneseo, NY
    24.915 152000 280 11.238 3.859 9/14/11 11:10 ULSD @ Flying J in Austinburg, OH
    24.837 151720 213 8.576 3.959 9/13/11 12:04 B10 @ Meijer in Ann Arbor, MI
    22.441 151507 274 12.21 3.859 9/9/11 15:34 ULSD @ Shell in East Grand Rapids, MI
    0 151420 0 0 0 9/9/11 Oil change -- Shell Rotella (15W40) and a K&N filter (HP-3001) added.
    24.138 151233 313 12.967 3.999 9/8/11 10:51 ULSD @ Mobil in Benzonia, MI
    19.881 150920 240 12.072 3.859 9/6/11 17:24 ULSD @ Citgo in Manistique, MI
    26.271 150680 294 11.191 3.959 9/6/11 11:57 ULSD @ Citgo in Sheboygan, WI
    22.83 150386 182 7.972 3.989 9/4/11 11:34 ULSD @ Shell in Monona, WI
    20.106 150204 270 13.429 3.889 9/2/11 18:34 ULSD @ Mobil in Tomah, WI
    17.864 149934 243 13.603 3.899 9/2/11 13:48 ULSD @ Shell in Worthington, WI
    20.214 149691 283 14 3.919 9/1/11 23:16 ULSD @ Sinclair in Vivian, SD (Nicest truck stop bathrooms I've ever seen)
    19.68 149408 224 11.382 3.9 9/1/11 23:15 ULSD @ Mobil in Upton, WY
    24.755 149184 273 11.028 3.999 8/31/11 19:51 ULSD @ Exxon in Sheridan, WY
    26.105 148911 264 10.113 4.299 8/30/11 16:09 ULSD @ Sinclair in Canyon Village, Yosemite National Park, WY
    20.988 148647 178 8.481 3.859 8/28/11 15:10 B20 @ Shell in Jackson, WY
    24.134 148469 147 6.091 3.989 8/27/11 21:32 ULSD @ Conoco in Big Sky, MT
    0 148409 0 0 0 8/27/11 Added K&N oil filter (HP-3001) and Shell Rotella 15W-40 oil.
    21.619 148322 312 14.432 3.949 8/27/11 14:41 ULSD @ Exxon in Butte, MT
    20.487 148010 106 5.174 4.159 8/26/11 19:17 B5 @ Exxon in Spokane, WA
    21.074 147904 265 12.575 4.089 8/26/11 14:45 ULSD @ Texaco in Moses Lake, WA
    22.983 147639 176 7.658 4.299 8/25/11 20:01 B75 @ Shell in Bellingham, WA
    0 147463 59 5.77 4.099 8/25/11 12:30 ULSD @ Texaco in Birch Bay, WA
    0 147404 319 11.36 4.84 8/24/11 12:27 Diesel @ Shell in Vancouver, BC
    25.484 147085 121 4.748 4.299 8/22/11 16:35 B75 @ Shell in Bellingham, WA
    22.666 146964 168 7.412 4.75 8/21/11 19:08 B99 @ Dr. Dan's Biodiesel in Seattle, WA
    21.805 146796 261 11.97 4.049 8/20/11 12:27 ULSD @ Chevron in Port Angeles, WA
    22.158 146535 206 9.297 4.099 8/18/11 21:15 ULSD @ Shell in Willapa, WA
    24.649 146329 93 3.773 3.999 8/17/11 14:10 B99 @ Jay's Garage in Portland, OR
    0 146236 89 11.102 3.999 8/16/11 18:13 B99 @ Jay's Garage in Portland, OR
    0 146147 311 7.001 3.979 8/16/11 12:16 ULSD @ Shell in Albany, OR
    22.072 145836 255 11.553 4.249 8/15/11 9:14 ULSD @ Chevron in Crescent City, CA
    21.318 145581 275 12.9 4.29 8/14/11 9:46 B100 @ Solar Living Center in Hopland, CA
    22.528 145306 303 13.45 4.57 8/13/11 11:34 B99 @ Dogpatch Biofuels in San Francisco, CA
    0 145229 0 0 0 8/12/11 Changed oil and oil filter myself. Added 1 gallon Shell Rotella (15w-40) oil and K&N oil filter (HP-3001).
    20.78 145003 169 8.133 4.699 8/11/11 11:21 ULSD @ Chevron in Yosemite National Park, CA
    18.947 144834 126 6.65 4.629 8/10/11 12:42 B99 @ Biofuel Oasis in Berkley, CA
    21.274 144708 317 14.901 4.259 8/7/11 16:49 B99 @ The Green Station in Santa Cruz, CA
    20.127 144391 158 7.85 4.749 8/5/11 11:57 B99 @ JB Dewars in San Luis Obispo, CA
    0 144233 152 7.442 4.249 8/4/11 13:42 B20 @ Silvas in Ventura, CA
    0 144081 191 13.418 4.099 8/2/11 21:35 ULSD @ Shell in Norwalk, CA
    0 143890 300 7.05 4.499 7/29/11 18:03 ULSD @ Chevron in Beverly Hills, CA
    22.007 143590 277 12.587 4.159 7/25/11 16:13 ULSD @ Shell in San Clemente, CA
    21.765 143313 255 11.716 4.099 7/21/11 18:53 B20 @ Pearson Fuels in San Diego, CA
    19.339 143058 165 8.532 3.679 7/19/11 9:34 ULSD @ Chevron in Yuma, AZ
    23.923 142893 300 12.54 3.899 7/18/11 21:50 ULSD @ Chevron in Phoenix, AZ
    20.448 142593 253 12.373 4.299 7/17/11 22:01 ULSD @ Chevron in Valle, AZ
    22.606 142340 267 11.811 3.899 7/17/11 14:20 ULSD @ Chevron in North Las Vegas, NV
    24.198 142073 242 10.001 3.899 7/11/11 20:03 ULSD @ Chevron in Cedar City, UT
    22.016 141831 302 13.717 3.999 7/10/11 15:14 ULSD @ Chevron in Fort Cove, UT
    20.587 141529 148 7.189 3.799 7/9/11 16:14 B100 @ Moab Chevron in Moab, UT
    23.171 141381 297 12.818 3.889 7/8/11 16:45 LSD (not ultra low) @ Mobil in White Mesa, UT
    21.529 141084 281 13.052 3.929 7/6/11 15:32 ULSD @ Conoco in Pagosa Springs, CO
    25.823 140803 284 10.998 3.969 7/5/11 13:32 ULSD @ Shell in Crested Butte, CO
    23.722 140519 292 12.309 3.999 7/4/11 9:01 ULSD @ Shell in West Vail, CO
    24.913 140227 114 4.576 3.919 7/1/11 15:45 B20 @ Team Petroleum in Fort Collins, CO
    0 140225 0 0 0 7/1/11 Installed wheel bearings and seals in front wheels. Replaced axle nuts and installed drive belts. Work performed at Mr. Mechanic in Fort Collins, CO.
    26.085 140113 98 3.757 3.999 6/30/11 9:51 ULSD @ Shell in Estes Park, CO
    21.481 140015 195 9.078 3.839 6/29/11 11:46 B20 @ Boulder Gas in Boulder, CO
    25.786 139820 269 10.432 3.869 6/28/11 13:42 B20 @ Offen Petroleum in Denver, CO
    21.928 139551 250 11.401 3.939 6/23/11 11:05 ULSD @ Shell in Walsenburg, CO
    20.89 139301 115 5.505 4.259 6/22/11 12:21 B20 @ Giant in Santa Fe, NM
    15.952 139186 208 13.039 3.859 6/21/11 10:12 ULSD @ Valero in Albuquerque, NM
    20.449 138978 253 12.372 3.899 6/19/11 10:20 ULSD @ Stripes in Roswell, NM
    20.264 138725 221 10.906 3.949 6/18/11 9:00 ULSD @ Chevron in Fort Stockton, TX
    19.798 138504 214 10.809 3.799 6/17/11 13:01 ULSD @ Stripes in Crockett, TX
    0 138399 0 0 0 6/22/11 Replaced fuel filter
    20.496 138290 248 12.1 3.95 6/17/11 7:39 B100 @ Ecowise in Austin, TX
    19.652 138042 226 11.5 3.95 6/15/11 10:47 B100 @ Ecowise in Austin, TX
    0 137816 91 12.5 3.25 6/14/11 11:10 B100 @ Houston Biodiesel in Houston, TX
    0 137725 253 3.002 3.699 6/14/11 9:19 ULSD @ Chevron in Beaumont, TX
    0 137472 55 9.152 3.799 6/13/11 11:15 ULSD @ Chevron in Louisiana
    0 137417 302 6 4.459 6/13/11 10:00 B10 @ Salathe Oil in Harvey, LA
    26.313 137115 284 10.793 3.979 6/10/11 15:44 ULSD @ Chevron across AL border
    23.497 136831 286 12.172 3.899 6/9/11 ULSD @ Chevron near St. Marks, FL
    20.998 136545 289 13.763 3.999 6/8/11 9:53 ULSD @ Shell in St Petersburg, FL
    25.816 136256 295 11.427 4.299 6/7/11 11:44 ULSD @ Shell in Miami Beach, Fl
    24.674 135961 227 9.2 3.73 6/3/11 13:55 B99 @ Sun Biodiesel in Miami, Fl
    0 135734 75 8.5 3.819 6/2/11 6:28 B99 @ Glover Oil in Melbourne, FL
    0 135659 275 4.763 4.199 6/1/11 16:19 ULSD @ Shell near Cocoa, Florida
    24.974 135384 342 13.694 4.029 5/25/11 8:57 ULSD @ BP (boooo) in St. Augustine, Florida. Gotta try to avoid BPs.
    23.331 135042 282 12.087 4.09 5/23/11 8:40 B5 @ Shell in Savannah, GA
    0 134760 121 12.694 3.89 5/20/11 12:55 ULSD @ Sunoco in North Charleston, SC
    0 134639 340 5.155 3.87 5/17/11 11:02 ULSD @ Dodge's Chicken in Myrtle Beach, SC
    25.382 134299 312 12.292 4.18 5/14/11 12:54 Regular ULSD (15ppm) at Citgo in Buxton, NC
    23.501 133987 221 9.404 3.86 5/11/11 15:35 B20 @ Philips Energy, Hayes, VA
    0 133784 0 0 0 5/10/11 Oil changed at Walmart in Gordonsville, VA. Used Shell Rotella and K&N oil filter (HP-3001).
    24.399 133766 205 8.402 3.93 5/9/11 15:48 B20 @ Shell in Charlottesville, VA
    22.72 133561 295 12.984 4.39 5/8/11 12:00 B20 @ NEX Quarters K Citgo, Arlington, VA
    0 133266 0 12.485 4.01 5/4/11 B5 @ Exxon in New Jersey (Just over Delaware-Memorial Bridge)
    0 133109 0 0 0 5/3/11 Changed rubber fuel lines to Viton lines. Changed all tires to Yokahama SuperVan D-rated tires. Replaced front brakes.

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