- Gloucester, UK
- T5 Beach
Thanks for the input Max. I'm somewhere between £30k-£35k on budget and appreciate that I will need to spend some money once I get one. I can go either way with a Beach or an SE. I have loads of stuff from using the Caravelle for six years, kitchen pod, fridge etc and would be happy to have a two rear seater Beach, with the side storage. Retro fit a heater and job done for me.Simon - what's your budget if you don't mind me asking? You will find the early Beaches are scarce and consequently not great value. Very rare to find a heater on one and to add it is at least £800 if fitted yourself more like £1000+ if professionally.
The 140/150 SE is fine and a lot easier to find and IME easier to sell on than a Beach. Also consider the earlier T5 174 - a cracking 5 pot with all the torque you could need and a proper old bulletproof VW engine. The interior and fittings are 99.9% the same as the later Calis bar trim/'wood' colours and depreciation on the early ones is virtually nil or the reverse now.
I have to disagree with Sidepod - why on earth go anywhere near anything that might need a new engine with all the incredible hassle involved as well as detriment to value to future owners - it puts people off.
There is plenty of choice of pampered Calis out there of every description and if there isn't this week there will be in a week or two. Be patient and buy the right one. And again buy right and no, it should not need work doing or a service - wait/search for one where the owner has done all that and had it serviced in the last few months!
On the flip side, I could happily go with a 140/150 SE as you suggest, sell the accumulated kit and be up and running with some spare cash for anything I find out I need. The heater is an essential regardless of which one I get. Obviously with the SE its fitted anyway.
I did like the 2.5l TDI 130 engine in the Caravelle. Same as the one you mention but a lower power output. It just rolled along all day, every day.
Thanks again for the encouragement. I'll keep going until I find one!