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Hi out there thinking of buying a syncro  what are the important things to check.cheers
1991 1.6 TD trooper camper.

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All the usual things you should look for on a T3

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The dif-locks work (it will either have none, rear only or front and rear)
The VC operation
All underguards are present (front + prop bars + engine guard)

A good inspection underneath.

History. regular gearbox and dif oil changes. 

Thats the basics for starters, more will surely follow.

What is your budget?
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You may already have these on your check list,
but its worth saying..
Check if you really really want one, because they generally turn out to be a commitment,
you may find one that needs for nothing, like Simons in 80/90 classified,
but its more likely that buying the van is the beginning of a lengthy emotional and financial investment.
Which leads to, check if its the exact syncro you want, for the same reasons.
After that its just details!
I would definitely jump on that lovely panel van, nothings going to go wrong with it,
and if you change your mind, fair enough, you not losing out financially.
Its a good base for a conversion too I think if you want a pop roof or whatever.
Its been said before, the budget is the same wether you get something that needs work,
or get one thats been done, difference is you get to do it your way if you do it.
Or you may be thinking particularly of something specific to look out for.
Tell us more..
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KOTSY wrote:
27 Jun 2020, 10:41
Hi out there thinking of buying a syncro  what are the important things to check.cheers
1991 1.6 TD trooper camper.

what sort of van are you after, doka, caravelle, camper?  Good luck with the search

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The clue is in the post surely, there's a 1991 1.6 JX Trooper camper for sale somewhere and the OP is looking at maybe buying it
Trooper is an Autohomes name I think, not sure which roof will be fitted, even if factory high top there can be issues
Clean and tidy leak free interior and good mechanical history so check around the gutters especially and any windows in the high top, records of maintenance, regular oil changes, prop fitted, VC test or recent replacement, check the MOT history, mileage between MOT's will give a clue as to how it's been used and combined with history will show how it has been looked after
underneath take a good look at all the rubber bits, boots, bushes etc..
look for leaks especially from transmission and engine (it's a JX it will be leaking at least one fluid)
post up if you want someone experienced to take a look with you

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Sleuth!
I missed that, doh.
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Sorry meant to say looking for a DoKa and the trooper camper is mine that I have already. Is there an four wheel drive system that cuts in when the rear wheels start to spin? Thanks again in advance for answere’s. Kotsy 

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KOTSY wrote:
28 Jun 2020, 21:06
Sorry meant to say looking for a DoKa and the trooper camper is mine that I have already. Is there an four wheel drive system that cuts in when the rear wheels start to spin? Thanks again in advance for answere’s. Kotsy 

That would be the syncro drive system.
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KOTSY wrote:
28 Jun 2020, 21:06
Sorry meant to say looking for a DoKa and the trooper camper is mine that I have already. Is there an four wheel drive system that cuts in when the rear wheels start to spin? Thanks again in advance for answere’s. Kotsy 

The VC will transfer drive to the front - but wheels will still spin individually when traction is lost - thats why its better to have diff locks.

There is one for sale on here, Penninsula Kids.

 
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Thanks was not sure if I was being led down the garden path. Cheers.

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KOTSY wrote:
29 Jun 2020, 04:44
Thanks was not sure if I was being led down the garden path. Cheers.

Not sure what you mean.   You'll find most syncro owners brutally honest about owning one.  They are fantastic things - they keep you poor but they keep you smiling :ok

The meets are great and you'll be amazed at what 'a van' can do off road
 
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To quote a learned friend:

"those things will break your heart"
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KOTSY wrote:
27 Jun 2020, 10:41
Hi out there thinking of buying a syncro  what are the important things to check.cheers
1991 1.6 TD trooper camper.

Any news on potential ownership?
1991 Syncro kombi 1.9MTDi Passat 1Z Landy fuel pump 215/70/16

Life's to short to drink s@@t beer.

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Jim San wrote:
01 Jul 2020, 08:47
KOTSY wrote:
27 Jun 2020, 10:41
Hi out there thinking of buying a syncro  what are the important things to check.cheers
1991 1.6 TD trooper camper.

Any news on potential ownership?
Bought one 16inch crew cab DoKa more news to follow and pics. If I can work out how to up load them.
Cheers Kotsy.
 

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yeah, well done.

spill the beans, where from, condition, spec etc etc

 
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