Interesting Letter!

Gday ALL,

Interesting letter indeed.

Begs the question how many present and future owners of T3 syncros have
a lazy $100 to $120 thousand dollars to shell out on a replacement
current model, for example in my case, a Syncro Trakka campervan with
fully engageable/disengageable 4WD, decoupler and rear diflock?
Certainly not I thank you very much when mine does all I will ever need
for less than $20 grand. As well, the annual depreciation alone on the
newfangled model would exceed the annual maintenance of my present
Syncro anyway. I could go on.

As I see it, the savior of our T3 syncros is the fact that a replacement
has never materialised. Hence there has built up an enormous world
following not only of enthusiastic owners, but ongoing support in
servicing, spare parts and modifications. Blind Freddy can see that in
the event a sizeable portion of owners worldwide migrated to a new
model, so would the service, spare parts and modification people,
leaving behind the remaining T3 syncro owners like shags on a rock.

Signing a petition that's sent off to a vehicle manufacturer pleading a
case for a new model? You must be joking.

I'll get off my soap box.

Cheers.

Ken


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The letter mentioned was written by mr Niksch from the German syncronauts group, the Interessegemeinschaft 16 (16 inch interest group).

Vw was already offering the t4 4motion, a car you could get with an optional rear differential lock but in no way comparable with the T3.

Only the german offroad tuner Seikel offered a conversion kit to make a T4 a bit more offroad worthy. The big difference with the T3 is that the T4 4motion has no G-gear. At 1000 rpm it does 10 km an hour, which is ridiculous in terrain off course, you’ll jump over the terrain like crazy. Seikel offered an altered gearbox (much shorter), altered suspension and skid plates to protect the underside of the car (exhaust etc). The conversion off course was extremely expensive and, with the plastic front bumper it still was no match with the T3.

When VW came with the T5 4motion there was no offroad version either. They did some efforts though (is it called the Dakar ?) and Seikel is developing a Seikel Extreme version with portal axles, but it’s still in a prototype stadium. The Extreme could compete with the T3. But, it’s not a VW product, only a very nice pimped version of the T5 4motion.

The main reason off course is why the hell VW should develop a car like that : they build millions of T3 but only 2138 16 inch syncro’s….  I guess they learned their lesson, there’s not a lot of people around ready to pay a HUGE pile of money for a fantastic bus like that…..

 

Mike Plompen

www.busman.be

 


Van: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com [mailto:Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com] Namens raredownunder
Verzonden: zondag 4 november 2007 11:37
Aan: Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com
Onderwerp: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Interesting Letter!

 

Ken has homed in on the key but unmentioned (in the letter) factor.  The Syncro, when new in Australia, was massively expensive and this limited its penetration in the Australian market at least.  The Trakka conversion was also massively expensive.  The new price of mine was over $50,000 in 1988.  I simply could not afford it at that time.  I imagine that not a few people were in the same position.
 
Les
 
----- Original Message -----
From: Ken
Sent: Sunday, November 04, 2007 11:39 PM
Subject: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Interesting Letter!


Gday ALL,

Interesting letter indeed.

Begs the question how many present and future owners of T3 syncros have
a lazy $100 to $120 thousand dollars to shell out on a replacement
current model, for example in my case, a Syncro Trakka campervan with
fully engageable/disengag eable 4WD, decoupler and rear diflock?
Certainly not I thank you very much when mine does all I will ever need
for less than $20 grand. As well, the annual depreciation alone on the
newfangled model would exceed the annual maintenance of my present
Syncro anyway. I could go on.

As I see it, the savior of our T3 syncros is the fact that a replacement
has never materialised. Hence there has built up an enormous world
following not only of enthusiastic owners, but ongoing support in
servicing, spare parts and modifications. Blind Freddy can see that in
the event a sizeable portion of owners worldwide migrated to a new
model, so would the service, spare parts and modification people,
leaving behind the remaining T3 syncro owners like shags on a rock.

Signing a petition that's sent off to a vehicle manufacturer pleading a
case for a new model? You must be joking.

I'll get off my soap box.

Cheers.

Ken

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