I only decided to seriously consider the Cairns one too late, it had already sold (it did look good though and I think that is the sort of thing I'm after). There was also one in melbourne a little earlier that looked good.
Anyway, I'm in Sydney and more of the ones that have been for sale here lately are ex telecom and well used and abused. I like your idea of a field day though checking out the 'underneath' mysteries of the T3 syncro. I'm pretty mechanically challenged so I'm sure I'd benefit.
on behalf of Ken
Sent: Sun 5/28/2006 9:17 AM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Hi new syncro convert needing advice
Gday Murray, thanks for replying. Yes i have an a/c in mine too but
seeing it was never used by the previous owner, the seals have dried out
and so it's as useless as a wet paper bag. Just another thing to add to
the list of things to fix at god knows what price yet. I have some seam
rust in mine, the worst of it is in the front bumper seam. Still on the
to do list.
So how come you missed the 91 Syncro Trakka recently in Cairns? It had
difflocks too. It was listed on CarSales.
Oh and I meant to ask you b4 .... where are you located? Syncros are
pretty rare here on the NSW Central Coast (Gosford) so if you were from
here, that would be great so we could compare notes.
I noticed a lot of oily greasy gunk and mess on mine underneath, located
on and around the starter motor and a gizmo underneath that may have
something to do with engaging the 4WD in growler gear. Not sure tho. I'm
thinking ppl like you and I could do with a field day where someone
jacks up their Syncro and we can all scramble around underneath and get
shown by experts what the heck it all is that's going on under there ...
lol . Food for thought perhaps eh. Cheers Murray and keep us posted
--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
, "Murray Lee" <m.lee@...>
> Thanks Ken,
> I've been reading the posts (even followed your buying progress as
documented). I have to admit I actually flew to the Sunshine Coast
yesterday (tragic I know) and looked at the 89 tracka on Carsales at the
moment - I have been, as you say, on the internet waiting for them to
come up. I was undecided in the end even though it got the thumbs up
from the last VW mechanic who serviced it a couple of weeks ago (I spoke
to him by phone), but I still have an interest. The price is OK (I'd get
it for $15.000 or under) but the A/C is not working and is an in dash
model which I know don't work well anyway. No dif lock bit I'm not sure
I'll be a super serious 4x4 person. I suspect it will probably go pretty
quickly but who knows. The condition is quite reasonable and there is no
serious rust but i was after something just a little more polished. It
had an engine rebuild at 130klm but has now done 285,000 - the heads
look OK and I can't see and coolant leakage.
> By the way it has an oil leak mid way up underneath - I suspect it has
to do with the 4x4 drive shaft or something? Any ideas what it might be
for the more technically minded.
> Cheers Murray
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com on behalf of Ken
> Sent: Sun 5/28/2006 12:22 AM
> To: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
> Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Hi new syncro convert needing
> Gday Murray, welcome aboard the Syncro nutters forum. For starters,
> the time to read through all the posts here for at least the last
> of months, that should give you a pretty good grounding on Syncro
> subject matter.
> Seems to me the price of Syncros relates more to their condition than
> their build date. So it comes down to the individual Syncro that pops
> for sale, you always need to give it the once over up close and dirty,
> preferably with a mechanic.
> For instance, I started looking last November and at the time there
> a 1990 Syncro for sale owned by a german who had returned to Germany.
> had a german factory built camper conversion, difflocks, decoupler,
> power steering, a/c, cruise control, central locking, 15" wheels, low
> k's (155,000), etc. etc., mint condition and you could eat your breaky
> off the motor. $25,000 and it sat there for sale for months. Gone now
> see but it was worth every cent.
> Then you might see a 1990 Syncro camper conversion done by god knows
> who with a whole different set up and inclusions, condition and milage
> and it might get down to $10000. But there's no comparison with the
> So there's no easy answer to this question of what price for a syncro.
> My Syncro Trakka camper I paid $13000 a couple of months ago and I've
> been working on it ever since to rejuvenate it and I still have a long
> way to go still and thats not going to get it back into showroom
> condition at all.
> So Murray, I guess you have to decide what you want the Syncro for,
> condition and inclusions you think are important and then wait
> for something like that to pop up. I know I did and I was lucky ...
> took 4 months of looking on the internet every day to find it ....
> patience is the key and then jump pretty damn quick when you see it.
> fact you already own a T3 caravelle gives you a head start in that you
> are familiar with the vehicle, unlike me who came from a '76 aircooled
> Kombi. Now that's a whole different story. Good luck Murray, do your
> homework and please be patient.
> --- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, "muzmarinator" m.lee@
> > Hi Guys,
> > I've just joined this list largely because I'm trying to hunt down a
> T3 syncro, and I'm keen
> > to lear as much as I can and to participate further if possible (I
> currently own a T3
> > caravelle). What sould i be looking at paying for a full camper 89 -
> 92 in good condition
> > with either low Kms or a rebuild?
> > All the best
> > Murray
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