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Recent difficulty in moving bulky parts for the car projects (Social Climber and Godiva) prompted a new purchase. Despite some strong advice to the contrary, I purchased a VW transporter dual cab…. an old 1997 one with high km and 4WD no less. It was perhaps most aptly described by Daniel, my mechanic, as having even more things that could go wrong than a regular Tansporter! The advice not to buy one was given by a service manager of a major VW dealership, as service costs and parts are notably expensive from dealers. The issue I had was that at the end of the day it was the only vehicle that met my needs for interior room in a dual cab Ute (yes, I’m very tall), purchase price and a reasonable amount of safety. Now, I have to be honest and note that the deciding factor in making this purchase happen, was some basic research on the internet. In doing so I found out that the prices for some service parts from overseas, such as head gaskets, power steering pumps and dampers were far, far cheaper. Parts information and servicing information came from the relevant enthusiast forums, which is one of the great strengths of a good internet forums. Having mentioned the overseas suppliers, I should note that I did find a local supplier of VW parts that was within 10 – 15% of the overseas price and he got the orders for everything he could supply.


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