duplicated Trakka pictures although they do download much quicker. You may also have a view on whether anything else should be posted from my list although when Christoph did previously do this from some of his own collection, VW were apparently not pleased for some strange reason.
thanks for adding the "Gold Pack" brochure. I have only a 1990 Trakka Volkswagen Carat and Multivan program where the Gold Pack is mentioned with one picture. Can you send me the two Gold Pack pages in a better resolution for my archive?
1985 Caravelle GL syncro
http://www.vwpix.org - http://www.syncro-t3.de
Von: Roger Bell [mailto:email@example.com]
Gesendet: Sonntag, 6. Mai 2007 13:51
Betreff: Re: [Syncro_T3_Australia] Re: Driving in Sand and Trakka Brochure
Didn't your Dad warn you what adversely affects your eyesight!
Have added in the Trakka Bronco brochure plus rear page of the 1990 and the last page of the comparison test all scanned at 100dpi rather than the original 75 that my scanner reckoned was best for internet postings.I'm wary of going too high as they take forever to download. I feel Mark is right suggesting PDF files but at present lack the means/knowledge/scanner of/to converting them to this format. I think scanning at 100dpi takes the size up enough on the larger picture setting even for someone like myself (who ignored his Dad's warnings) to read.
Just in case I will retype part of the conclusion even if its what we all already know (comparison test was between a Tarago ,Mitsubishi and Caravelle t3 all 4WD's)
"The VW Caravelle Syncro is the best all-round 4WD people mover. Its not the most stylish,the quietest or the quickest, but it does everything an on/off-road people mover should. Those venturing into diff lock country with the VW will embarrass many a square rigged 4WD............"
It was also interesting to read that the VW G ratio was almost as low as the Misubishi's low range 1st gear. or as the article said "Interestingly,there is no off-road compromise we can find in the VW's lack of a low range transfer case."
Any chance of up-sizing the photos/articles as reading the write up is
impossible even for someone as young as me....
--- In Syncro_T3_Australia@yahoogroups.com, Roger Bell
> Hi everyone.
> Finally got round to responding as below to Kevin and June's
request for magazine road tests that mention T3 Syncro off road
capabilities.I'm sure there is better knowledge/experience around than
mine which people might like to contribute. You can view the article
on our photos page -perhaps someone can date it - I'm guessing 1990.
> I have also added the 2 page 1990 brochure to the Trakka brochure
album that was previously empty. Interestingly the front page
conversion includes a front spoiler and the back page an "aero hi-top"
fixed roof conversion neither of which I have ever seen in Australia.
I will add all 4 pages of the earlier gold pack brochure shortly
unless Les prefers to beat me to it. (He has already posted page 1
> Must also add my appreciation to those responsible for the photos
already posted on the 2007 syncro tour plus the fine VWA magazine
article.Perhaps our best kept secret is getting out! Had someone leave
a note under my windscreen a couple of days ago offering admiration
and asking if I was interested in selling.
> PS the above VWA magazine includes an article on driving what
looks like a large tyred T2 2WD Kombi on Fraser Island.
> Dear Kevin & June,
> Sorry it has taken me more than a month to reply - time flies when
you own a Syncro. I've placed on the photos a copy of a "4 Wheeler"
comparison road test between a T3 Syncro Caravelle, Tarago and
Mitsubishi Star Wagon all 4WD versions.Its the only one I have that
really talks about off road performance and even then is somewhat
limited. Comment has been made before that by the time VW realised
what a capable vehicle the T3 syncro was, they were well committed to
the T4 replacement and were loathe to provide T3 test vehicles to the
press. The article does not state it but judging by the aftermarket
spotlights I would guess it was privately provided.I can't tell you
any more about the magazine -the pages were in a sheath of notes that
came with my van from the original owner (Perth based!) I'm guessing
from the pricing it was in the very early 90's but perhaps someone on
this site can provide more information.
> You may have noticed that I placed some beach shots on my"Roger's
WA tour" album. I was stupid enough to be well away from civilisation
on a remote beach east of Esperance and was having some difficulty
getting back over the dunes on the 36/40lbs highway pressures I was
running. Stupid because I didn't have any sort of pump/compressor with
me and therefore I didn't want to let down the tyres. When I did -only
to 25lbs I easily got out first attempt whereas I was digging in and
bogging down before when climbing up the dunes. I think I could safely
go to 16lbs before risking the tyres coming off the rims but with a
few hundred kilometres to go on gravel before being sure of pumping
them up I didn't want to push my luck.From what I've read if you are
really serious on sand you have a decoupler and a fixed (no VC) prop
shaft and probably wider sand oriented tyres. Watch out for tide
changes of course, act responsibly and enjoy the superb experiences
that are possible with a
> good syncro in this great country of ours.
> I'm sure some others can add their experiences.
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