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Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by Stanleyc, Nov 11, 2017.

  1. Stanleyc
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    Stanleyc

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    Hi All
    New to the Cali thing so be gentle
    Trying to buy an SE T5, would love a T6 but my wallet doesn’t agree
    Anyways seen a few i’d Like to view so they are 2008 / 2009, 130ps manual, done under 60k what should I ask and look for and what inherent problems do they have if Any
    Thanks in Advance
    Stan
     
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    2020 freedom T6 Ocean Build week 45 Expected Early January VIP Member

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    Can't really help with your questions but welcome to the forum.
    Knowing your budget may be useful as the thread develops. I initially looked to spend around £30k and got a lot of help with that.
    Ultimately though in 4 years time I'd have been prepared to spend that again so I bit the bullet and ordered new because dealers make that quite easy depending on your outlook.
    Good luck with your journey look forward to following your progress.
     
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    I would say, the van base is a van, ideally full VW serviced every year, and you need to drive it...

    In terms of the camping stuff, try everything, move, touch and play until you're happy. Top 3 would be:
    Heater with ingnition off and no electrical hook up (checking no earth shunt fault)
    Roof up and down - check canvas for any damage
    Kitchen water pump/tap

    :thumb
     
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    WelshGas Retired after 42 yrs and enjoying Life. Top Poster VIP Member

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    Be aware, low miles does not necessarily mean less problems. The California is based on a commercial van and built to be used not languishing on the drive or in storage for months on end.
    Many Service items are Distance and TIME related.
    eg: If on longline service oil changes are 20,000miles or 2 Years.
    Gearbox oil 40,000 miles or ??? 2 Years.
    AirCon if not used can leak from dry seals and should be re-charged every 2 years.
    Tyres should be changed every 4/5 years as they perish, never mind how many miles done.
    Excessive wear on brake discs due to corrosion because of not being used regularly.

    Are these vehicles private sales or from Dealers either VW or Motorhome ?

    A full VW Service History is good, even better if carried out at one Dealership.

    Reason for sale? Good if selling to upgrade etc: as they like the life and want to continue and so have cared for the vehicle.
     
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    Thanks for the info..some good points that I hadn’t even considered
    I can see this is gonna be a challenge
    Shame I can’t afford a new one
     

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