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    1. Having driven one of these a bit, I can state...

      Having driven one of these a bit, I can state that these are, by far, the slowest vehicles that you will ever own. No big deal if you're into the relaxed pace of Interstate cruising at 55MPH...
    2. @boinzy - it was just a tick over $6k, including...

      @boinzy - it was just a tick over $6k, including labor. If I wasn't about to relocate 520 miles north, I would have taken my time and looked at more options, but that was not to be this time.
    3. I had a VW rebuilt transmission installed in my...

      I had a VW rebuilt transmission installed in my '01 EV a few months back. My shop at the time (VW Paradise, San Marcos, CA) gave me two options, the VW unit or one from Oceanside (CA) Transmissions....
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      Nice find, it certainly looks clean! And good on...

      Nice find, it certainly looks clean! And good on you to not take advantage of a woefully-underpriced listing.

      Looking forward to seeing more pix and hearing of your adventure.
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      Not sure how they rank in comparison to those...

      Not sure how they rank in comparison to those already listed, but I have been a repeat customer of http://europarts-sd.com.

      Good prices on the most commonly-needed parts for T4s and good service.
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      @nigel - RIP Howard Hawkins, Park Tool founder....

      @nigel - RIP Howard Hawkins, Park Tool founder. http://www.bicycleretailer.com/north-america/2015/01/27/park-tool-founder-howard-hawkins-passes-away#.VMxW4MYkGm0
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      Ha! I had forgotten all about this thread. Nearly...

      Ha! I had forgotten all about this thread. Nearly four years on, and the replacement piece still looks great.
    8. Hi Samuel - Great shots of a beautiful van. Most...

      Hi Samuel - Great shots of a beautiful van. Most of us on this slow little corner of VW Vortex are North Americans with water-cooled T3s and T4s. Not to say that we don't appreciate these fine...
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      Well, we're probably 80% North American T4 here...

      Well, we're probably 80% North American T4 here in this sleepy little corner of the forums, with another 15% being T3. So be sure to let us know when you develop something for our platforms. We'd...
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      Um, APR, which van uses this 1.2l engine? And...

      Um, APR, which van uses this 1.2l engine? And also note that this isn't the classifieds.
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      Sweet! Now have him make a T4 version for some of...

      Sweet! Now have him make a T4 version for some of us :)

      There's also a somewhat-active #vanlife hashtag on Instagram. Check it out sometime...
    12. Nice price indeed! Someone here snag that sucker....

      Nice price indeed! Someone here snag that sucker. I would, but I just spent nearly that much on a VW-rebuilt slushbox for my EV MV.
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      Well, as the saying goes, "it was working just...

      Well, as the saying goes, "it was working just fine until it wasn’t." I drove back from a mountain bike ride with a friend. I pulled into my driveway, backed up to straighten the van (my driveway is...
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      Merry Xmas to me

      Looks like I'll be buying a replacement transmission this week. Oh, joy.

      http://i24.photobucket.com/albums/c47/BigFatGeek/IMG_3825.jpg
    15. Hooray for Herman's recovery. Post some fresh pix...

      Hooray for Herman's recovery. Post some fresh pix of your ride one of these days.
    16. I've driven some rough CA roads in my EV MV...

      I've driven some rough CA roads in my EV MV hardtop with the stock suspension height and have never needed any additional clearance. Traction is solid as my tires are Yokohama Geolander A/T-S (100 H...
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      It sounds like Mercedes-Benz is bringing the...

      It sounds like Mercedes-Benz is bringing the V-Class to North America as the Metris:

      http://www.autoblog.com/2014/11/04/mercedes-metris-sema-concepts-debut/
      ...
    18. I wouldn't hold your breath, traditional...

      I wouldn't hold your breath, traditional "minivan" sales numbers are slipping, and I don't see VW tooling up a plant outside of the EU to make them. Plus, they'd probably have to offer a US-specific...
    19. Thread: EV Tires?

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      I still like the Yokes overall, but the van's...

      I still like the Yokes overall, but the van's economy unsurprisingly was knocked down a notch over the Michelins, and they are a little louder at speed, but not annoyingly so. Traction on snow and...
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      ^ Yep, that's the image I posted in the other...

      ^ Yep, that's the image I posted in the other thread a few years back. I now have a T-handled 6mm hex wrench that I just used last weekend to snug up a couple of the armrests in my '01 EV MV. On my...
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