by Drew Johnson
A video intro: For some reason I bought a 2001 VW EuroVan

When everyday living palms you lemons, you purchase a EuroVan.

As I’m guaranteed some of you do, I have an automotive bucket listing. A compilation of motor vehicle-similar stuff I want to achieve prior to I head into the pits for great. I have been fortunate adequate to have already scratched off a few items — things like driving the Nurburgring and possessing the nicest model of a ordinary made use of vehicle — but there are still quite a few bins remaining to check.

So, as I do from time-to-time, I a short while ago revisited my automotive bucket listing to see which items I ought to transfer to the best. For no matter what motive, I decided to move up proudly owning a low-priced Porsche, item No. 19, and merchandise 129, making a standard crossover into an overland car. With that settled, I headed off to the classifieds to see which alternative would be least difficult to get my hands on.

Almost quickly I uncovered a a little tatty Porsche 924 at a area Toyota dealership. Now, just in case you’re not familiar with the sort of people that normally shop a applied Toyota good deal, let me fill you in: frequently speaking, they’re not the variety of persons that obtain 30-year-previous European sporting activities auto that have been out of guarantee for effectively above two decades.

With this information in my again pocket, I was self-assured I would be in a position to chat the dealership down from its $3,999 inquiring value. So, I confirmed that it was still in inventory and headed more than to appear at it.

Unfortunately, the profits human being I dealt with experienced a very odd definition of “in stock.” When I arrived at the dealership I was promptly informed that the Porsche offered the day in advance of. Emotion defeated, I headed residence for another lookup of Craigslist.

As I was searching for an additional 924 or a very first-era Lexus RX, I stumbled across one thing I experienced never regarded as: a Volkswagen EuroVan. Now, admittedly, the motive I experienced never ever considered a EuroVan in advance of is mainly because it can be not exactly the sort of car or truck I lust just after. It can be fundamentally a civilized camper van and I dislike camping. And yet I felt compelled to go look at it.

That is for the reason that this particular EuroVan was really specific. In accordance to its Carfax report, it stayed with its first operator until 2016 and had traveled significantly less than 44,000 miles throughout its 17 many years on the earth. It was also bought the day soon after 9/11, which seems like a bizarre time to acquire a automobile, but which is a subject matter for another day.

I rapidly scheduled a showing to see if the van’s affliction matched up with its Carfax report. It did, so I bought it.

Though it is in genuinely superior condition, the EuroVan still has some stuff to kind out. It desires new tires (it still has the manufacturing facility originals on!), a couple of engine sensors and a fantastic cleansing. Oh, and the AC demands to be preset. Due to the fact who wishes to camp in a van devoid of AC when its 90 degrees out with 89 % humidity?

I am going to continue to update this house with the trials and tribulations of EuroVan ownership, together with all the fun adventures that are guaranteed to split out, so examine back usually. And if you have any concepts for what I should do with my new-to-me EuroVan, go away a suggestion in the feedback beneath. See ya at the camp website!