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Old 04-04-2017, 07:05 AM   #11
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Thanks!! :) Yes after three years living and touring around the US and Canada in my VW I sold it to a sweet old couple who were going to drive it across the country. I can only hope (mainly to make myself feel better!) that it continued to work well for them :P

With regards to rust, I asked the seller to take pictures of the rust for me and I posted them above. Is that too much rust or is that normal? Its an east coast vehicles that experiences salt and winter and I want to play it safe!

I completely agree that the T1Ns seem like an awesome idea! Do you think that one with 150,000 miles is too much?

Unfortunately I just can't stomach spending $20k+ on a transit and then having to look at a Ford label all day while I drive...

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I do believe that the T1N's are easier to work on and that more mechanics are capable of doing the work. The Sprinter Van has basically two types of owners - those who absolutely love them or those who hate them! I am on my second T1N and have put over 82k miles on them and I believe that they are exceptional! Very few vehicles fit that classification in my book and can be run for decades and up to a million miles with care and maintenance (and in a low rust environment!) As an aside, I lost a cotter pin on an '85 Westy near Red Mesa, UT and then lost the rear tire and rim as it rolled by me! I worked a deal with someone in the area with a trailer to get me and the VW home, replaced necessary parts and it is still going strong as a 32 year old camper! I hope and expect many a T1N will be around for many, many years to come! If you really need and expect a mechanic around every corner, then the Ford Transit may be a better - yet expensive alternative!
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Old 04-04-2017, 07:19 AM   #12
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Hope you get it if it's what you want

I PMd you just in case
Is it a 158 inch wheelbase?
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Old 04-04-2017, 05:49 PM   #13
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With regards to rust, I asked the seller to take pictures of the rust for me and I posted them above. Is that too much rust or is that normal? Its an east coast vehicles that experiences salt and winter and I want to play it safe!
I can't speak to what's normal on a T1N. I will say that it's not hard to find late model vehicles on the east coast only 2 or 3 years old that are already beginning to rust around the wheel arches, bottoms of the doors, or along the rocker panels. Road salt is hard on vehicles; if you're looking for a picture-perfect collector vehicle I would probably exclude all areas that salt their roads from your search.

In general, whenever you find rust there's always more than you can see. Hidden areas (behind glass or plastic trim) often retain more moisture which makes any rust behind them worse than the rust you can readily see. These are also likely to hide scratches due to window glass replacement or cracked paint from a minor fender bender where the rust can get a foothold.

In my experience, rust that is allowed to dry out fully (e.g. not behind paint) advances rather slowly, while trapped moisture is an accelerant.

Rust exists in several different stages:
Stage 1- superficial surface rust, can be sanded away easily
Stage 2- formation of light scale, bubbling begins beneath the paint surface
Stage 3- rust penetrates deeper and pinholes begin to form
Stage 4- crumbing, visible holes and structural compromise

It is most easily fixed in Stage 1. By stage 4, everything must be cut out and new metal welded in.

Repairing Stage 1 rust isn't too bad but it's easy to underestimate how much area you'll need to treat as you're likely to find more once you get started. The work is tedious and dirty.

All rust repairs will require painting to have a chance at success.. either touch-up, rattle can, or a full paint booth ($$).

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I completely agree that the T1Ns seem like an awesome idea! Do you think that one with 150,000 miles is too much?
Not at all. Mileage is far from a perfect barometer of expected remaining lifetime. What matters is how well maintained and cared for the vehicle was during the miles it traveled, and whether it was abused or shoddily repaired over that time.

The amount of rust and vehicle mileage both factor into price. An '06 with less than 100k and no rust will in all probability cost more than one with 300k and some rust, but it doesn't mean the latter won't be a good vehicle.. there's just more demand for (and less supply of) the former.

(Edit: the rust in your photos looks to me like Stage 1 or 1.5)

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Old 04-05-2017, 07:41 AM   #14
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Thanks for all the feedback! I feel much more knowledgeable now about rust! Unfortunately that vehicle sold today. Darn! I guess I need to move faster!

I saw another one posted in the same area - similar price, less kms, with a new head gasket. Is that something to shy away from? Its a dealer sell so I'm not sure if I can trust the story I get about how it happened and if it was driven after...
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