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VW Camper Van

Discussion in 'General Chat' started by richjthorpe, Sep 2, 2005.

  1. richjthorpe

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    Hi all,

    I like cars. I like cars that are powerful. I like cars that have good handling. I like cars that don't leave a burning imprint on the back of your retinas. At the moment I have a 91 MR2 which is getting a bit old and with my wife expecting our second child in January, I've got to find a car which can hold more than 2 people (We've got a Golf as a family car) for the times when I've got the kids and my will be at work. I'd like to get something like a Celica or a Supra or a GTO.

    Anyway, I brought up the idea of getting a VW Camper Van cos they look really cool and my wife loved the idea because we'd be able to go camping and the like in it. Only problem is, she wants to chop in the MR2 (My MR2....sob) for the Camper Van and that I drive the van around as my car.

    I like the sound of a Camper Van (The late 60's style) but I'd have to do something with the engine and other things (I heard that a Porsche engine can be dropped in them !!) but I'd still want a car that would satisfy my thirst for handling and performance. I can't see us being a 3 car family though.

    Has anyone had experiences with VW Camper Vans ? Are they reliable or is there a certain amount to 'taking care' with it ? Are they expensive to run ?

    Any other opinions on Camper Vans are welcome !

    Thanks, Richie.
     
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    My parents used to have a green and white 70s version of the camper you describe - not quite as rounded off as the 60s version but it still had the classic VW look.

    PROs: lots of space. It's a camper (so you can go on holiday in it). retro charm, looks cool, you can fit loads of people (or stuff) in.

    CONS: slow, noisy, poor fuel consumption, handle like a pudding on stilts, no heating and the seats are not designed for carrying kids - no 3 point seatbelts or safety features to speak of. They're old cars so will need spannering on a regular basis. My dad found a good specialist that looked after his and there are plenty of spares about

    You can indeed update them but I'd say they'd need a lot of modifications to get them to handle properly - well for a VW camper anyways. Jamie Oliver has one that was on Top Gear a couple of seasons ago. Not sure if it had a Porsche engine installed. I reckon that you could buy a decent car for what it would cost to modify a camper properly. You could get one and upgrade the engine, suspension and brakes etc, but it'll never be a sprts car - just a faster camper van. TBH Your average white van man in a Transit would trounce one.

    Buy one for life in the slow lane and camping holidays and you won't be disappointed. Buy one as a sports car and ... you'd wish you'd bought something else :D
     
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    When I was at school my mate bought a campe van and drove it all the way to spain so that he could partake in the Bull Run...it got there but it set on fire just after he set off to come home and he ended up thumbing it back from Pamplona...that's all I know about VW Campers...but if you want to be really cool you need a Dormobile!
     
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    Chris,

    I think the one that Jamie Oliver has, does have a Porsche engine in it. THat's why the Stig took it round the track. I know that whatever I do it wont be sports car matching but I did wonder the Pro's and Cons of buying one. I've got enough hobbies as it is without another one being added !

    Decadence, what the fudge is a Dormobile ?!
     
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    More preciseley a Commer Coaster!
     

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    How the hell can you get 5 people in one of them Commer things ?!

    That Microbus looks cool, although it also looks like the vehicles from the film Judge Dredd ! :)
     
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    2 up top, 2 down below and Mrs Ghandi in the ashtray of course!


    (it's an oldie but a goodie)...
     
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    Get the camper van that's based on the 2005 VW Transporter Van. Might not look retro, but it is bang up to date. Goes like a train too, if you specify the 2.5 5-cylinder diesel! :smashin:

    http://www.bilbos.com/index.cfm
     
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    Not much cop if there are any leaves on the road then :D
     
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    Yeah, but I prefer the look of the split windows and the arrow at the front !
     

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