thisisreallycomplicated wrote:ABIII wrote:check out this club kleinbus.cl
always best to consult with the fanatics
I missed that one (cuz it's all in Spanish) thanksABIII wrote:and your legs are your front bumper
That's the part that worries me. Maybe the extra fear would cause me to drive more carefully, so it would actually be safer? I need to find some way to rationalize this.ABIII wrote:the design is of course as simple as it gets
breakdowns can be handled by anyone on the continent, hopefully yourself (get this book http://www.amazon.com/How-Keep-Your-Vol ... gmgamzn-20 )
That's one thing I really like about these. There's less that can go wrong, and I can probably fix it myself.
Ripsigg wrote:I downloaded a collection of Bug Me VW repair videos. Just about everything in that manual and more is shown by example for the layman to do.
My wife and I have discussed getting a VW Kombi next June when we make our trip throughout South America(Brazil, Paraguay, Uruguay, Bolivia, Chile and Argentina) looking for a place to settle down for awhile. From what I see, Paraguay is about the cheapest and easiest place in South America to buy one.......they start at about $2000 and up. Other ones we are looking at are the VW bugs that start at about half that price and the Mercedes 240D starting at about the same $2000.
ABIII wrote:since Mercedes care really depends on your mechanic,
find out first who services them in your area,
go talk to them about the vans
see if they give you the time of day, if they like the idea, and ask them about spares and average cost of fixing normal stuff.
MB has a reputation for well built gear, but after a long stint as a service vehicle, they will all have issues.
clearly the kombi by VW was not built for safety, but perhaps you might say in it's low rate of speed lies its protection.
also, you don't need to check that there is a VW mechanic where you will be going, anyone with a sense of how things work and perhaps a manual can make it run. Parts are plentiful in Chile.
I have seen a few of the MB vans, many with colorful non standard license plates (zona franca, euro plates, etc). they look good, and are diesel.
ExpatBob wrote:If you put a bull bar on a kombi, it will be like putting a bull bar on a soda can. Really, there is not much you can do to make a kombi safe, hence the price and ease-of-maintenance factor. They are disposable. And, like ABIII said, the low rate of speed is its inherent method of defense.
ExpatBob wrote:Mission creep.
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