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Has a new Cali become just too expensive?

GrumpyGranddad

GrumpyGranddad

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T6.1 Ocean 199
No it hasn't. It has always been too expensive. Just all the safety/environmental features have given it a big boost. All those unneeded driver's aids, AdBlue, newer/complexer engines, that makes it a lot more expensive.
For the rest it's just same old 2003 Transporter. So it should have been less expensive.
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Yorkshire tyke

Yorkshire tyke

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3
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Newent
Vehicle
T6 Ocean 199
I just paid £58k for a one year old ocean with every extra you could think of , and I’m very very pleased with it, money sitting in the bank doing nothing so enjoy it .
just to put it in to perspective first house cost £4000 in 1970,
second house with three acres of land £58k in 1985.
Mmm
 
Rexy99

Rexy99

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Derby
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T5 SE 130
Woah there boy. That's a bold statement that you are going to have to elaborate on.
OK, so this was the journey (spread over 6 months so didn't have the outlay all in one go but neither did I need PSP...

Start with an 11 month old 7000 mile Highlight Kombi 150 (2+1 front seats was the one I wanted). All the driving luxuries (aircon, parking sensors, cruise control) plus proper VW sliding windows (I hate the aftermarket ones with recessed glass - just my OCD) and of course, the sliding door on the correct side for the UK. Cost £27k from a VW dealer with full service and warrantee. Put the back seats on Gumtree, £750 back 2 days later.

Add: A quality pop top roof with solar panel (Skyline in my case), full sound and thermal insulation, Eberspacher diesel heater, leather 3 seater (crash tested) RIB rear bed (2 seater also available), full furniture pack (in any colour you want - or wood effect), sink, 2 burner hob, underslung LPG gas (why would you want a gas bottle inside?!), water, 240V and 12V electrics, fridge, satnav + reversing camera, day time / night time dimmable interior spot lights and Bilstein adjustable suspension (optional!). Total (inc the van) = £40k. No problems with insurance, VW warrantee still intact and I'm pretty confident it will hold it's value.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Cali (apart from the door being on the wrong side :cool: ), but I needed more than 4 seats for an every day van/car which could house the family. I must admit, I'm pretty chuffed with the value though.
 
GrannyJen

GrannyJen

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West Sussex
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T6 Ocean 204 4Motion
But would a Hymer hold it's value like a Cali?
An interesting question.

I have just specced a Hymer Ayres Rock, without pop top, £65k, and I very much doubt the residuals well even approach California territory.
 
2into1

2into1

Née T4WFA. Now running 2006 LHD T5 SE 130 Manual
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OK, so this was the journey (spread over 6 months so didn't have the outlay all in one go but neither did I need PSP...

Start with an 11 month old 7000 mile Highlight Kombi 150 (2+1 front seats was the one I wanted). All the driving luxuries (aircon, parking sensors, cruise control) plus proper VW sliding windows (I hate the aftermarket ones with recessed glass - just my OCD) and of course, the sliding door on the correct side for the UK. Cost £27k from a VW dealer with full service and warrantee. Put the back seats on Gumtree, £750 back 2 days later.

Add: A quality pop top roof with solar panel (Skyline in my case), full sound and thermal insulation, Eberspacher diesel heater, leather 3 seater (crash tested) RIB rear bed (2 seater also available), full furniture pack (in any colour you want - or wood effect), sink, 2 burner hob, underslung LPG gas (why would you want a gas bottle inside?!), water, 240V and 12V electrics, fridge, satnav + reversing camera, day time / night time dimmable interior spot lights and Bilstein adjustable suspension (optional!). Total (inc the van) = £40k. No problems with insurance, VW warrantee still intact and I'm pretty confident it will hold it's value.

Don't get me wrong, I love the Cali (apart from the door being on the wrong side :cool: ), but I needed more than 4 seats for an every day van/car which could house the family. I must admit, I'm pretty chuffed with the value though.
Ok, so I pulled you up because you’d said your T6 conversion had come in at “half the price of a Cali” which didn’t tally with other experiences documented here. It seems it doesn’t tally with reality either - as your 1 yr old 150 hp conversion cost £40k when post #142 shows a fully loaded 199hp Ocean of the same age cost £58k. Perhaps a standard 150 Ocean spec would have been £55k even in these mad times.

I know you aren’t knocking Cali’s, and I’m not knocking Conversions (I may well go a similar route with LWB and fit a high top and unique layout), but I expect it will cost me virtually Cali money (unless I go for a higher mileage donor van) and I wouldn’t expect it hold its value like a Cali.
 
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