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    Default Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    Hello everyone,

    I'd like to get a rough estimate on the possible cost of refurbishing my VW Syncro.

    I'm going to give you as much information as possible in order to paint a better picture for you. I'd like to have costs in mind when I visit a mechanic.

    My plan is to drive from Cape Town to Nordwalde, Germany. As of now, my beautiful Syncro is not the most reliable. I plan on working on her myself as much as possible and once the most of it is done, I'd like to take her to a professional mechanic who can completely refurbish her, so that shes close to as good as new.

    Van information:

    1990 VW Syncro RHD Transporter


    • Toyota 4y 2.2 petrol motor
    • Front runner roof rack
    • Awning and custom ladder
    • 1x jerry can and holder
    • Surfboard racks
    • 15" steel rims with 215/75r15 tires
    • 1x spare wheel
    • 1x extra rim
    • long range fuel tank
    • 70L water tank
    • Cluster wiring upgrade
    • Extra gauges for oil temp and pressure as well as water temp
    • Front and rear diff locks
    • Custom built camper interior with rock and roll seat.
    • Gas bottle with cooker top
    • Basin with water filter system.
    • Trial battery system


    The current issues I've had since buying her (within a 1 month period) are:


    • Broken petrol pump
    • Broken starter
    • Clutch stopped working (struggling to get into gear)
    • Had to install a third battery
    • Metal scraping sound coming from the back brake pads (rim is super hot after a ride)


    All of this happened within in 1 month of buying her, so you can understand why my trust levels are low.

    I'd like you guys to give me a rough estimate on what you think it'd cost to get this van mechanically sound, just a ball park on what you'd get checked and replaced on a 30 year old van.

    I look forward to your response

    Please feel free to ask me any questions
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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    I can't see anything less than R30k to go through and rectify. Assuming nothing major is broken.
    Jakes Louw
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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    Thanks Jelo, I had the same price range in mind.

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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    Anything between R10,000 and R100,000
    Ford Ranger 3.0Tdci Super Cab 4x4 (workshop whore)


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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    Quote Originally Posted by WAJ View Post
    Anything between R10,000 and R100,000
    What would be included with a budget closer to R100k?

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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    The worst part is the thirsty underpowered Toyota motor.
    Jakes Louw
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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    Quote Originally Posted by kyle101 View Post
    What would be included with a budget closer to R100k?
    WAJ means it is like a piece of string. How long, what colour, etc.
    Jakes Louw
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    Default Re: Cost of refurbishing a 1990 VW Syncro - Traveling Africa

    Get in touch with Pierre (bugger on this forum). He'll be able to help you, or point you in the right direction.
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